K12 Headlines

5/20/2015

5/20/2015

PowerUp WHAT WORKS resources for struggling students and those with disabilities have been added to OpenEd's library. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the online resource at the American Institutes for Research provides customizable materials, lesson plans, instructional strategies, videos and more.

5/20/2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district’s North Learning Community Hopewell High School feeder pattern has adopted the Cambridge International Examinations curricula for its six schools.

5/20/2015

Adding to the growing list of miscues for Florida's school-testing system, nearly 800 Pasco County students had their state math end-of-course exams invalidated because proctors gave them the wrong calculators.

5/20/2015

Artwork depicting scenes of police brutality has set off a firestorm of comments from police supporters who have called the images "a gross misrepresentation." The project in question in the district art show, which featured hundreds of pieces of artwork created by K12 students, included drawings and captions depicting viewpoints on a current controversial issue chosen by students.

5/20/2015

An Alabama school bus safety bill is waiting on a signature from the governor and, if signed into law, it would allow school systems to put cameras on their buses.

5/20/2015

Republicans leaders of the Wisconsin legislature’s budget writing committee say they plan to add language that would create a special needs private school voucher program.

5/19/2015

5/19/2015

AwesomeStoryBuilder enables students and teachers to author their own stories, reports, papers and curriculum units on the Awesome Stories publishing platform. The 3500 story guides and 100,000 primary sources are aligned to Common Core and state subject standards.

5/19/2015

Michael McDowell, the associate superintendent of instructional and personnel services at Tamalpais Union High School District, will start in the position of superintendent for Ross School District in July.

5/19/2015

School-based bullying for kids ages 12 to 18 appears to have dropped in recent years. Twenty-two percent of teens reported having been bullied in 2013, the lowest number since the federal government began collecting data on the subject in 2005.

5/19/2015

In many schools, formal education now starts at age 4 or 5. But a growing group of scientists, education researchers and educators say there is little evidence that this approach improves long-term achievement; in fact, it may have the opposite effect, potentially slowing emotional and cognitive development, causing unnecessary stress and perhaps even souring kids’ desire to learn.

5/19/2015

Alabama's Dothan City school district has hired Charles Ledbetter as the new school superintendent. He is currently serving as the superintendent for Georgia's Dublin City Schools.

5/19/2015

Cadillac High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Brown will lead the Cadillac school district as its next superintendent. She will replace current Superintendent Jo Spry, who is resigning from the position at the end of the school year.

5/19/2015

Greater communication between school nurses and families on how to manage asthma could help reduce the number of school absences for children afflicted with the chronic disease, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study in Connecticut.

5/19/2015

Chicago's city and school district ratings were pushed to below investment grade. The amount of money the district spends annually on debt has increased by 50 percent to $468 million since 2009. At this rate, the district could face rapid cash burn and an eventual liquidity crisis, pushing it to make cuts to the classroom that are desperately needed.

5/19/2015

The state is eliminating the requirement of some math assessments from the final course grades, citing a lack of independently verified statewide assessment results. Districts will need to calculate final course grades and make promotion decisions without regard to the 30 percent statutory requirement.

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