K12 Headlines

4/15/2015

4/15/2015

Baltimore city schools CEO Gregory Thornton proposed a $1.3 billion budget that includes fewer central office staff and 40 more classroom teachers. The central office's budget will decrease by $17.8 million through cost-cutting and departmental reorganizations and by cutting 120 funded positions.

4/15/2015

After more than nine years after the Louisiana Recovery School District took over 100 New Orleans schools, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the contract Martin Luther King Jr. Charter has signed with the Orleans Parish School Board.

4/14/2015

4/14/2015

High-schooler Audrie Pott killed herself after three boys sexually assaulted her. Her parents have worked to turn the tragedy of their daughter’s suicide into hope for reform. At least two of the boys have agreed to talk to teens to help promote change as part of a settlement, but that could pose problems, experts say.

4/14/2015

Ten former Atlanta public school educators, convicted earlier this month of racketeering in one of the largest U.S. test-cheating scandals, should consider plea deals or face significantly more time behind bars, a judge said.

4/14/2015

Spokane Public Schools kept true to its promise to pull students from class who aren't compliant with Washington's vaccine laws this week. It is state law that schools require vaccinations or a waiver signed by parents excusing their children from getting shots. Those who don't have either on file are listed as non-compliant.

4/14/2015

A pair of Colorado Senate bills dealing with violence and mental health in schools received initial approval after a sometimes emotional hearing. One bill would allow victims of school violence to sue districts for information, and the other would create a committee to study mental health in schools.

4/14/2015

Through this integration, schools and districts that use Blackboard’s teaching and learning solutions will now be able to access and build courses leveraging CK-12 Foundation’s content. CK-12’s K-12 STEM platform provides a combination of adaptive STEM practice material and recommended learning material at no cost.

4/14/2015

Swedesboro-Woolwich's school board has appointed Kristin O'Neil as its new superintendent. O'Neil, the current principal of West Deptford's Green-Fields Elementary School, will take over the superintendent's position at the end of the current school year.

4/14/2015

Paul J. Casseri, the current principal of the New York district’s high school, has been chosen to succeed R. Christopher Roser as superintendent. Casseri has served in his current position for a decade.

4/14/2015

Janet Greif will replace Bay City Public Schools' retiring Superintendent Douglas Newcombe. Greif is now in her fifth year as principal at Midland High School.

4/14/2015

Califone International LLC's latest Bluetooth keyboard, the KB4, will feature a compact, lightweight design for easy portability and flexible classroom use. The KB4 charges in four hours, and is operational for up to 44 uninterrupted hours.

4/14/2015

Distraction, miscommunication of hand signals, poor visibility, slick roads and other variables may be in play when children cross a road to get on the bus. Levying stronger punishments can't correct for human error, only a system change will. Bus routes can be arranged to pick up and drop off children on the door side only.

4/14/2015

Any realist admits that we're not going to succeed in "stopping" school violence because doing so is too high of an expectation. However, if prevention, awareness and effective threat assessment in schools are integral parts of our dialogue, then we might be as close as we can get to cessation.

4/14/2015

Approximately 30,000 more Oregon school children could have access to free school lunches starting with the 2015-16 school year. A new appropriations bill will provide $2.4 million to fund the mandate that school districts provide free lunches to students who are eligible for reduced-price lunches.

4/14/2015

The state school board voted to eliminate the so-called "5 of 8" rule that sets the minimum number of school nurses, librarians, counselors and arts teachers that school districts must have. It will now be up to each local school board how many of those positions they want to have at their schools.

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