K12 Headlines

4/14/2014

4/14/2014

In 2007, about 200,000 teachers started in the education workforce, one of the largest groups of beginners to join public schools in a single year. New research shows many of them remain teachers, despite one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. education.

4/14/2014

Seven pilot programs will receive $120,000 Believe and Prepare grants from the Department of Education to create full-year residencies or apprenticeships for aspiring teachers. The programs may partner with teacher preparation programs to redesign theory-based academic coursework into school-based, practice-oriented coursework.

4/14/2014

Clark County's board approved a $2.2 billion budget for the 2014-2015 school year that includes money for more teachers, assistant principals, deans, buses, school support staff and full-day kindergarten classrooms. The district expects a $61 million increase in revenue and plans to eliminate $7 million in contracts.

4/14/2014

eNetColorado, the Colorado BOCES Association and Capstone's myON are co-sponsoring a digital reading trial during the spring and summer months. The trial launches on April 14 and ends on July 31. Educators, students and families will have unlimited access to over 4,000 enhanced digital books from Capstone.

4/14/2014

A slowdown in revenue has Baltimore officials looking for budget adjustments that won't require the system to raid its rainy-day fund or cut central office positions and programs. The $31 million deficit in next year's budget is due to a decrease in grant funding, fluctuating financial commitments and a halt to rapid growth in enrollment.

4/14/2014

State enrollment figures for the past five school years show that more than a third of central Ohio’s 49 districts have steadily added students, growing as much as 21 percent. In the rest of the state, most districts’ enrollments have declined.

4/14/2014

With new school closure guidelines approved by Brevard Public Schools, county commissioners have agreed to drop their yearlong legal battle pending against the district. The new guidelines make the school-closing process more transparent and set direction for future closure decisions.

4/14/2014

A Grand Junction district is denying allegations of grade inflation after several teachers testified that administrators pressured them to avoid giving students D's and F's in order to minimize complaints from parents and ensure extracurricular eligibility.

4/14/2014

To help districts simplify the observation process for teacher evaluations, Performance Matters has added new enhancements to the FASTe Observer classroom observation tool. The newly released version includes an enhanced user interface.

4/14/2014

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) awarded a learning management system contract to Schoology. Schoology Enterprise will deliver instructional content to DoDEA's K12 students and allow collaboration inside and outside of the traditional K12 classroom.

4/14/2014

Complaints about dangerous disciplinary practices involving shock weapons are cropping up all over the country. Many districts need to overhaul practices that criminalize too many young people. In the meantime, officials need to ban these weapons in schools.

4/14/2014

The Tucson USD may look at reducing the number of magnet schools despite fighting a recommendation by a desegregation expert last year to do that. The study found the district’s magnet schools may be hurting its effort to bring racial balance to its campuses.

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Tom Leonard, the superintendent of a suburban Chicago district, has been named the lone finalist to lead the Eanes district beginning the next school year. Current Eanes Superintendent Nola Wellman plans to retire in August.

4/11/2014

Scholastic Education and Mindset Works are joining forces to translate lessons from growth mindset research into everyday educational practices to boost student motivation. Scholastic will distribute Mindset Works' Brainology software program for students and the Mindset Works EducatorKit for teachers.

4/11/2014

Lisbon's board stayed in-house to choose a new superintendent, naming Principal Joe Siefke to the position under a new 3-year contract. He succeeds longtime Superintendent Don Thompson, who is retiring June 30.

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