K12 Headlines

1/21/2014

1/21/2014

In some states, districts have abandoned plans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and instead hold classes to make up for time lost during the recent record-setting spate of winter storms.

1/21/2014

A decline in the number of black teachers in Boston public schools has put the city in violation of a federal court order, prompting officials to step up efforts to recruit and retain teachers of color.

1/21/2014

Georgia’s 180 public school districts have not only managed to keep on going as state legislators and governors cut billions of dollars in public school funding since 2002, they’ve actually managed to raise student achievement scores. But many school systems are at a breaking point, say a growing chorus of administrators and parents.

1/21/2014

Utah’s inadequate funding for public education shows up starkly in the number of counselors in junior highs and high schools. Eighty-eight schools do not even meet Utah’s rather low standard of one counselor for every 350 secondary-school students.

1/21/2014

For students across the country, lockdowns have become a fixture of the school day, the duck-and-cover drills for a generation growing up in the shadow of Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

1/21/2014

The Common Core ELA curriculum does not treat teachers or students with dignity.

1/17/2014

1/17/2014

New Mexico's Berrendo Middle School reopened yesterday, even though many who return have no idea why a preteen may have taken a shotgun to the school and randomly shot at them. And teachers have the task of helping youngsters make sense of a shooting they themselves may not understand.

1/17/2014

Available eBook and audiobook titles, website visitors, eBook discovery and digital checkouts all increased substantially over 2012.

1/17/2014

According to the authors, Wii activities can be engaging, student-friendly data production tools that generate scores, times, and rankings for students to explore and discuss in the mathematics classroom.

1/17/2014

Available as a printable to hang on the wall in the classroom, an interactive online tool or an RSS feed, all formats of the 2014 Educators’ Calendar feature clickable links to cross-curricular activities, lessons, worksheets and projects for every event.

1/17/2014

The tool—funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—is a virtual showcase of digital and Common Core–aligned professional development opportunities from ASCD, the Literacy Design Collaborative, Student Achievement Partners, the Math Design Collaborative, and other partners.

1/17/2014

Erin Frew’s students at New Tech West High School in Cleveland aren’t reading well enough. So as the principal, she decided to increase class sizes this year to free up money for more reading help for her students. But over at Campus International elementary school, reading’s not an issue. Math is. So Campus International Principal Julie Beers made her own trade-off: She cut the school’s art teachers from two to one and used the money to hire a math teacher to zero in on kids’ specific math issues.

1/17/2014

Eleven school districts in Western New York show signs of fiscal stress, according to an analysis of school district finances released by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Of those, the Comptroller’s Office warned that three local school districts—West Seneca, Lewiston-Porter and Niagara-Wheatfield—are facing “significant fiscal stress,” the most serious category.

1/17/2014

"If you follow some of my critics on Twitter," Camden School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard says, "you'd think I was the most loathed person in the city." Rouhanifard, appointed by Gov. Christie in August despite an arguably light (if lively) resumé, is the former New York City and Newark school system administrator. After less than five months on his current $210,000 job, he seems comfortable heading up the beleaguered public school system in one of America's poorest cities.

1/17/2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is creating a new task force on school safety and security that will develop recommendations to help schools prepare and update safety plans and draft school-based training and exercise programs.

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