K12 Headlines

8/26/2013

8/26/2013

The standards, adopted by the N.H. State Board of Education in 2010, aim to provide a clear and consistent educational framework to prepare children for college and the work force. They define the knowledge and skills students should obtain from their education in grades K-12 in order to succeed in entry-level college courses and work force training programs.

8/26/2013

Less money forced school districts to cut staff so class sizes grew and individual students got less attention, school officials say. Now with new funding-based incentives coming from Sacramento, districts are budgeting for more teachers, which they hope will bring down class sizes and improve the education of area children.

8/26/2013

The Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations (COBWRA) decided not to support the county's proposed construction of Trails charter school near the intersection of Military Trail and Hypoluxo Road at its recent monthly meeting.

8/26/2013

In one stroke, the most-contentious issue dominating politics and policies across the state would be transformed, with new winners – and new losers. Would this change be for the better?

8/26/2013

Thirty-four school systems could be affected, including those of Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes. Under the lawsuit, the state would be barred from assigning students in those systems to private schools unless a federal judge agreed to it. A court hearing is tentatively set for Sept. 19.

8/26/2013

Rather than transferring 2,219 students from the 42 failing schools, the problem should be addressed at each of these schools where the problem originated.

8/26/2013

The students will use the devices all school year, and middle- and high-schoolers will be able to take them home. Curriculum materials for students' core subjects will be loaded onto the computers, reducing the need for textbooks.

8/26/2013

The next mayor can expect city students’ test scores to rise, a top state education official predicted Thursday, while also cautioning they shouldn’t be the sole indicator of whether education reforms are working.

8/23/2013

8/23/2013

Paul Coggins, attorney with the firm Locke Lord, has been hired to investigate a $24,530 contract Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles awarded to The LeMaster Group.

8/23/2013

Our educational system is not keeping up with that of many other industrialized countries, even as the job market becomes more global and international competition for jobs becomes steeper. We have gone from the leader to a laggard.

8/23/2013

Oregon school districts that allow or require armed personnel in schools face higher liability insurance premiums. A statement made by the Eugene, Oregon newspaper The Register-Guard and directed at the nearby Harrisburg School Board, the newspaper argues that the move means the insurers have calculated higher risk, or taken the view that firearms in schools reduce safety, rather than promote it. 

8/23/2013

A new public charter high school being proposed in Andover, Mass., called STEAM Studio, would abide by the same laws and rules as district schools, be governed by a public board of trustees and be overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

8/23/2013

The Los Angeles Board of Education has ratified the unusual hiring of the mayor’s top education advisor, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana. Melendez will be brought on as an employee of the LA USD, but with her salary and benefits paid by the city of Los Angeles. The arrangement will allow Melendez, a career educator, to continue to accrue pension benefits in the state teachers retirement system.

8/23/2013

Trustees for the Socorro Independent School District (El Paso, Texas) have hired a Houston-based legal firm to conduct an investigation into the district's practices to determine who was responsible for inappropriately retaining special needs students and transfer students from Mexico in the ninth grade between 2007 to 2012.

8/23/2013

There are all kinds of geeky ways teachers can use technology to help their students perform better and learn more. One big problem, however, is that often, instructors either don’t know where to find these tools or just don’t understand how to use them. That’s exactly where Bill Gates wants to lend a helping hand.

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