K12 Headlines

1/27/2014

1/27/2014

Virginia lawmakers tempted to thrust local public school divisions back into the government prayer wars should be prepared to defend the mandate in court.

1/27/2014

Chicago Public Schools announced Sunday that schools will be closed Monday due to the extreme cold temperatures and high winds forecast for the area.

1/27/2014

You poor students, we're just going to quit while we're behind. We're going to shut down your school in June and try to get a head start on helping the kids behind you.

1/27/2014

A bill that allow peace officers to carry weapons in schools and make school boards keep secret the names of employees they designate as people who can carry guns cleared the Ohio House this week.

1/24/2014

1/24/2014

Eliminating the problems of solely deploying PINs and standard cards, the wirelessly powered Zwipe biometric card lets users authenticate themselves directly on the card through something they are, a fingerprint.

1/24/2014

The Missouri Senate Education Committee is tackling a state school transfer law that requires struggling school systems to pay for children to enroll in nearby higher-performing districts. The transfer law states school districts without state accreditation will cover costs for students who want to attend an accredited district within the same county or a bordering one.

1/24/2014

Catapult Learning, LLC, a leading provider of intervention services and professional development programs for K-12 schools, announced today that it has acquired Newton Alliance, LLC. This transaction makes Catapult Learning the largest provider of intervention services and professional development for K-12 schools in the nation.

1/24/2014

A program to improve the educational outcomes for children in foster care is being launched in Pima County. “No group of students is more in need of educational success than children in foster care,” said Debbie D’Amore, chief deputy for the Pima County school superintendent. That’s where FosterEd, a national initiative that pairs at-risk foster children with “educational champions,” comes in.

1/24/2014

Available to ISTE members, the interactive learning experience with top experts in education technology will feature hot topics from the ISTE 2013 Conference as well as previews of the programs for ISTE 2014 in Atlanta.

1/24/2014

The SMD 101 is designed specifically for use in professional AV applications to decode live streamed content from SME 100 encoders or play back AV media files accessible from network shares.

1/24/2014

It took 1½ years, but Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela Brown finally attended her first meeting Tuesday with the District-Parent Coordinating Council to talk about the ways the district is trying to involve parents in schools. Brown received a warm welcome despite long-standing tensions between the leaders of the school district and the leaders of the parent council, which represents parents districtwide.

1/24/2014

If you want to help Charlotte children to become successful adults, should you get rid of ineffective teachers? Identify possible drop-outs in first grade? Or concentrate on building character? All were ideas discussed by speakers at an Education Summit that drew more than 400 people to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., recently.

1/24/2014

Wired has an excellent-yet-frustrating story on what they call “A Radical New Teaching Method” that is transforming education. Of course, as the article itself says, there is nothing “new” about this teaching method: let kids figure things out on their own, and they’ll not only learn better, but be more passionate. The frustrating part of the story is precisely this: they try to connect age-old insights about education to, somehow, a story about techno-utopianism and the internet and technology transforming schools.

1/24/2014

Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue returned briefly Wednesday to the public stage after a year away by announcing her initiative to expand the scope and value of electronic technology for teaching students of all ages.

1/24/2014

The three Es on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's 2013 priority list have been replaced this year by two Es and an M. During his State of the State address a year ago, McCrory said he would focus on improving North Carolina's economy and education system and promoting efficiency in state government. On Tuesday, he held an hour-long news conference at the Executive Mansion to outline his 2014 agenda, naming energy production, educational improvement and Medicaid reform as his top priorities.

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