K12 Headlines

6/12/2014

6/12/2014

The Tea Area School District's board members approved to take out $5.2 million in capital outlay certificates to build a new elementary school. The school will be open by fall of 2015.

6/12/2014

Public schools have struggled during the long, slow economic recovery. Although urban districts have been hit particularly hard, there is a tremendous variation by state. What turns out to make a difference is actual spending levels. States that spend less per-student have made significantly bigger cuts (on a percentage basis) than states that spend more.

6/12/2014

Meridian School District will ask voters to approve a $104 million bond that would include construction of three new schools as the district braces for enrollment growth approaching pre-recession levels.

6/12/2014

The state Education Department will install a fiscal monitor for the troubled East Ramapo school district. District officials have been accused of giving short shrift to the interests of public school children, and many residents have alleged that the school board steers taxpayer money toward the private religious schools.

6/12/2014

A panel ruled that the Kansas Legislature satisfied the demands of a recent Supreme Court ruling to equalize education funding between rich and poor school districts. The judges said the additional $129 million that lawmakers added for equalization of capital outlay and local option budgets was sufficient to meet the standards.

6/12/2014

Arlington's school district is suing FieldTurf USA, the company that invented grasslike artificial turf, for more than $1 million for artificial turf installed on two high school fields in 2007. The lawsuit states that the outdoor artificial turf fields “proved to be defective and failed” as early as 2010.

6/12/2014

Sony Electronics is adding a new model to its X Series line of IP mini-dome cameras. The SNC-XM631 is powered by the IPELA Engine EX signal processing system, allowing it to deliver full HD picture quality in challenging lighting conditions using Sony´s wide dynamic range technology (View-DR) and image stabilization technology.

6/12/2014

Des Plaines CSD 62 has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education to include an extensive professional development program. District 62 will work with Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps multi-year program to develop teacher leaders to actively participate in the district’s digital transition.

6/12/2014

Collaboration between mayors and school boards—not mayoral takeovers—can lead to better school governance and student achievement, according to a report by the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association. The report also found that mayors can provide great benefits to public schools, enabling better integration and coordination of services for children and families.

6/12/2014

Students at two dozen Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will eat free next year, regardless of family income. The schools, among the district’s poorest, will serve breakfast and lunch to all students for free starting in the fall under a new program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Community Eligibility Provision is an amendment to the National School Lunch program.

6/12/2014

After Hurricane Katrina's devastation in 2005, Louisiana embraced a radical vision for New Orleans education, leaning ever more heavily toward charter schools. That shift culminates this month as the last of Louisiana city's traditional schools close. New Orleans is now an all-charter school city.

6/12/2014

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent more than $200 million supporting the Common Core academic standards, is pushing for a 2-year delay in using test results associated with the new guidelines to evaluate teachers.

6/12/2014

One in three school districts is raising property taxes without the consent of residents by using a loophole in a Pennsylvania law meant to relieve the burden of rising education costs. If districts need to go above a cap set by the state Department of Education, the increase is supposed to be put before voters. However, a state program exists through which districts can receive voter referendum exceptions.

6/11/2014

6/11/2014

Beginning this summer, Greenwood Public School District will personalize instruction with a new digital educational tool through Compass Learning. The district’s 3,000 students will receive direct instruction and immediate feedback both at school and at home through any web-enabled device.

6/11/2014

There are six decisions a district leader must make when accepting electronic payments from parents—which is one step for districts in going paperless. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items.

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