K12 Headlines

6/25/2014

6/25/2014

The Indianapolis Public Schools partnered with the The Mind Trust nonprofit education reform group to launch the Innovation School Fellowship competition, asking for ideas to build a better school. The winners will open and run new schools, which will have autonomy, similar to charter schools. This sounds like a perfect idea for Chicago's public school system.

6/25/2014

A joint committee at the state Legislature approved $12 million in spending for 118 school-safety resource officers in 32 districts statewide.

6/25/2014

As Whitmore Lake Public Schools teeters on the brink of plunging into debt, its officials and those from Ann Arbor Public Schools are now investigating the feasibility of Ann Arbor annexing the smaller district.

6/25/2014

Many schools have professional learning communities and time is set aside for groups of teachers to collaborate, to work on district initiatives and be agents of change in the schools. Simply giving teachers support and time to create shared video resources for their students could be a key to facilitating significant improvement in our schools.

6/25/2014

Common Core assessments are making testing easier for students with special needs. The computer-based exams include tools such as on-screen calculators, read-aloud instructions and descriptive videos to enhance accessibility for students with disabilities while keeping them in the classroom with their peers.

6/24/2014

6/24/2014

High school graduation rates are up slightly statewide, and so are the numbers of seniors earning high enough marks on state English and math exams to be deemed ready for college, the state Education Department reported.

6/24/2014

The CK-12 Foundation has added the high school-level journalism FlexBook by Nina Scott to its free library of open-source textbooks.

6/24/2014

St. Paul's school district continues to learn in large numbers through the summer vacation. In 2013, 8,000 students enrolled in summer school whereas this year's enrollment boomed to 13,000. The district also added a dozen new programs, like "Why Try," a social and emotional curriculum designed to help students increase their self-esteem.

6/24/2014

Orange County's second largest district, Capistrano USD, has selected Kirsten Vital, currently the superintendent of the mid-size Alameda USD, to take the helm next month from outgoing Superintendent Joe Farley.

6/24/2014

Lerner Publishing Group will launch Audisee eBooks with Audio from Lerner Digital on August 1, 2014. Starting with 80 titles available across age levels, interests and genres, Audisee eBooks with Audio feature fixed formatting with sentence highlighting and audio narration.

6/24/2014

Kaplan has teamed up with Microsoft Corp. to create Core Score, a free educational app for Windows devices that provides students in grades three through eight with math practice questions created for the Common Core State Standards.

6/24/2014

School systems do not need sweeping change in educational practice to effectively address the growing numbers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in public schools. By streamlining the technology that exists, ELL educators can reach their students with better tracking, documentation and communication.

6/24/2014

The landscape of youth sports is changing dramatically, according to a Sports Facilities Advisory's analysis. Increasing budget cuts and a declining emphasis on sports in schools is leading to a growing privatization trend in youth sports.

6/24/2014

Administrators have shown they can work out the kinks of their new, healthier meal programs and increase student participation. Giving temporary waivers for the school meal nutrition requirements will enable schools who haven't done well adjusting to the new changes more time to creatively implement the programs.

6/24/2014

New York’s school composting efforts are part of an expanding citywide program in which residents are being asked to separate their scraps for pickups by city sanitation trucks. The city is also teaming up with districts in cities nationwide to make bulk purchases of compostable plates.

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