K12 Headlines

7/9/2014

7/9/2014

A new three-part Department of Education initiative will ask schools to create equity plans to combat the continued problem of high-poverty, high-minority schools that still lack the resources they need to support their students. The initiative will be bolstered by a $4.2 million technical assistance network and educator equity profiles.

7/9/2014

New York City officials and teachers union respresentatives announced which city schools will be able to do so by opting out of certain union rules and chancellor’s regulations, starting this September. Sixty-two schools were selected from 107 applicants to take part in the experimentation program, known as Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence.

7/9/2014

October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

7/9/2014

Pacific Metrics, a provider of education technology solutions, has been acquired by ACT but will remain a separate, stand-alone company.

7/9/2014

It would be foolish to suggest a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn that deals with school bullying will eliminate the problem. But it would be equally foolish to think that schools don't need some guidelines to help deal with bullies and bullying tactics.

7/9/2014

Michigan needs to keep a sharper eye on its 232 charter schools, which serve more than 100,000 students. The state needs to insist that charter school operators have a record of high performance before they open schools. Once operating, there should be no room for lousy schools to exist year after year.

7/9/2014

We can’t have a charter sector that’s performing worse than a traditional district. That defeats the purpose of having charters in the first place. The opportunity here in the next three to five years is to get serious about quality — and quality growth, not just growth for growth’s sake.

7/9/2014

Scantron Corporation has announced an alliance with Curriculum Advantage, Inc., developer of Classworks, an online instructional solution for kindergarten through ninth grade. The partnership integrates Scantron Performance Series and Scantron Achievement Series assessment solutions with Classworks.

7/9/2014

Last fall, Chicago Public Schools heralded benefits such as science labs, iPads and extra cash going to schools that would take in students from permanently shuttered schools. This year, those same schools are losing, on average, about 5 percent of their budgets.

7/9/2014

Hayes Software Systems has launched a new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) inventory and audit module that will be integrated to make the process of conducting asset inventory audits more efficient. The solution, called TIPWeb-RFID, will include fully integrated RFID handheld readers, compatible tags and consulting services.

7/8/2014

7/8/2014

Scenario Learning and the Florida School Boards Insurance Trust (FSBIT) are partnering to bring the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System to FSBIT member districts. Using the online system, administrators can track training, monitor progress, download compliance reports and view certificates of completion.

7/8/2014

State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced he is giving notice to Michigan’s charter school authorizers that he will be exercising his statutory authority to prevent them from granting new charters if authorizers’ performance does not measure up.

7/8/2014

Prince George’s County school officials and residents are divided over whether cell phone towers should be built on school grounds. The county is currently considering a plan for towers on nine sites to be built by Milestone Communications.

7/8/2014

Almost four years after receiving a $1.8 billion FEMA settlement to reconstruct public schools damaged in Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has completed 11 new schools and renovated seven more, of a planned 82. A Louisiana report confirms, however, that the city's two school systems do not have enough money to complete the plan.

7/8/2014

The Mount Vernon Board of Education has chosen a longtime New Jersey school administrator as the city's next superintendent. Kenneth Hamilton, currently the superintendent for Monroe Township, will replace interim Superintendent Judith Johnson.

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