K12 Headlines

9/17/2014

9/17/2014

Schools and districts in the state made modest gains in performance this past school year, according to report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction. Overall, four out of five schools and nearly all districts met or exceeded expectations. There were 116 schools that received the highest rating, up from 86 the previous year.

9/17/2014

A proposed program redesign at the university would raise the requirements for many aspiring preschool, elementary and middle school teachers. Instead of offering a teaching bachelor’s degree, the school plans to offer a master’s of arts in teaching program that could be completed in about one additional year with undergraduate or summer course work.

9/17/2014

Pennsylvania law forbids guns in schools, but there is a carve-out for firearms used for lawful purposes. A new bill would clarify ambiguous language and offer the option of extra protection for rural districts that rely on state police.

9/17/2014

Viridis Learning signed a partnership agreement with Pearson to expand its collection of online course offerings by providing users access to Pearson Workforce Education online courses. The added curriculum includes advanced manufacturing, green/sustainability, health careers and other courses.

9/16/2014

9/16/2014

EMC Publishing launched its new immersive Spanish-language proficiency program, ¡Qué chévere!. The series, which offers five levels of Spanish instruction for middle school through high school students, is available in print and digital format. The new Spanish program will be available in a digital format in EMC Publishing’s Passport learning environment.

9/16/2014

Wow Writing Workshop, LLC started a free program that offers college application essay writing resources. Using online resources, Wow provides a do-it-yourself program, private coaching and college essay review services to help high school students master the application essay. Schools will be able to offer free access to Wow’s Gold package to seniors.

9/16/2014

A positive reinforcement program has now expanded to 20 buildings in Rapid City area schools. First implemented two years ago, the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support system has created a culture where students are rewarded for good behavior, rather than getting attention for disrupting a classroom.

9/16/2014

Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin this week as part of a new statewide assessment program. Among the reasons for the visits are to identify professional development needs, assess the adequacy of school buildings, and determine if schools are in compliance with state school board policies.

9/16/2014

Five Mississippi school districts have joined the fight to recover their share of almost $134 million owed to them by the Mississippi under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The new districts will be joined into the same legal action with the original 14 districts that allege the state violated laws requiring full funding of the MAEP formula.

9/16/2014

Snowline Joint USD received $365,000 in approved funding as part of an energy savings performance contract for its first-year Proposition 39 allocation. Proposition 39 funding allows for much needed lighting upgrades and other building improvements with Schneider Electric.

9/16/2014

Starting in October, state officials will take several steps to revamp Louisiana's publicly funded early childhood education programs. The state's education department will manage early-childhood programs while pre-school report cards will measure teaching, care and education. Coordinated enrollment systems, increased funding and other elements will be included in the changes.

9/16/2014

Pamela C. Brown has gotten a new start and a new job title as chief of elementary schools for the 40,000-student Fontana USD in California. Brown will supervise 29 elementary schools out of 45 the district operates.

9/16/2014

Wythe County Schools Superintendent Lee Brannon will reitre at the end of this school year. Brannon became the local school superintendent in 2009.

9/16/2014

Current law requires a prescription for epinephrine use in schools. The problem with that approach, however, is that approximately 25 percent of all first-time allergic reactions happen at schools, meaning many students and their families have no idea that they are allergic or will need a prescription until it is likely too late.

9/16/2014

Maine public schools have a new obligation to help support children of military families. A new military questionnaire will be arriving at homes across the state to help school leaders identify military children. The goal is to help accommodate these students by providing them with support and consistency when their parent(s) are deployed.

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