K12 Headlines

4/2/2014

4/2/2014

Lawmakers voted down a plan that would have allowed advertising on school buses in Beech Grove, Franklin Township and Zionsville. Some hope to revive the measure in 2015. Although the advertising won Senate approval, the language was removed by House lawmakers during a conference committee.

4/2/2014

The Senate's budget committee approved a bill responding to Kansas Supreme Court orders to correct unconstitutional inequities in public school funding that carried an annual price tag of $129 million. The committee also endorsed a bill combining $50 million in state school aid cuts with $9.5 million in per-pupil base state support.

4/2/2014

Two Midlands school districts have been selected to join Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of schools working toward innovation in technology and education. They join seven other districts to trade ideas on what works to better serve students.

4/2/2014

Enrollment in Texas public schools has hit a new record with over 5 million students, according to the Texas Education Agency. Hispanics students became the majority for the first time in the 2010-2011 school year. Total enrollment increased by 21.6 percent between 2000 and 2010, four times more than the nationwide percentage increase.

4/2/2014

Portland Public Schools' officials are looking to add more than 180 full-time positions across the district, including 150 teachers. The proposed spending plan is close to $505 million, nearly $41 million more than current spending levels.

4/2/2014

After a decade of not opening any schools, Pinellas County wants to launch a third new school this year. The plan came about after Gulf Coast Academy, an alternative charter high school for at-risk students in Largo, decided to close its doors. Two other charters are also calling it quits this summer.

4/1/2014

4/1/2014

The right of individuals to question authority is one of the strongest facets of American life. The current strain of individualism extends far beyond the familiar distrust of Washington and political polarization, affecting choices in education, economic activity and medical care, among other areas.

4/1/2014

Most people believe that charter and private schools are preferable alternatives to traditional public schools. This is evident quite clearly in survey data. This wouldn’t be much of a story if the data on school performance supported these assumptions. Yet private schools are often outperformed by their public counterparts.

4/1/2014

The state Legislature's Yonkers delegation is on board with a two-part bailout for the city's troubled school district. The schools are facing a large budget deficit after an accounting error led to a $55 million hole in both last year and this year's budget.

4/1/2014

Public districts, both with and without a truancy problem, should put a system into place that involves parents in their child’s education. The technology that allows administrations to inform parents of their children’s truancy records needs to be improved and mandated at a state level.

4/1/2014

Health services for California students with special health care needs vary greatly by school district, are provided by a variety of school staff, operate under a confusing patchwork of regulations and are often underfunded, according to a new study.

4/1/2014

Two bills have been submitted to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber that would decrease the number of school board members, shift much of the board and superintendent’s power to over 80 principals and create community enrollment zones.

4/1/2014

A+ Mobile Solutions launched its new Mobile STEM lab, a platform designed with tools, activities and teaching materials for implementing hands on STEM activities in the classroom. In addition, The Intelligent Laptop Cart has been introduced as a learning and charging platform for mobile computer devices.

4/1/2014

Darrell Floyd has been named as the next superintendent of Enid Public Schools as of June 1. Floyd has spent the last 14 years as superintendent of Stephenville ISD in Texas. He succeeds Shawn Hime, whose duties as executive director for Oklahoma State School Boards Association begin April 1.

4/1/2014

The district is looking to offer fourth-grade students in 10 schools the opportunity to learn in a Spanish-blended learning environment during the 2014-2015 school year. The new language pilot program would include classroom instruction with a Spanish teacher and 24/7 access to interactive content.

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