K12 Headlines

2/25/2015

2/25/2015

The North Carolina Supreme Court has started hearing arguments to determine whether the Opportunity Scholarships school voucher program created by state lawmakers two years ago is legal.

2/25/2015

Evidence that financial education works is beginning to surface. Researchers at the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin recently found a direct tie between personal finance classes in high school and higher credit scores as young adults. Now, national results from a high school “budget challenge” further build the case.

2/25/2015

Louisburg USD 416 and Kingman-Norwich USD 331 have selected the Skyward School Management System to streamline student information and business operations.

2/25/2015

Too often legislators and educators worry more about K12 versus higher education competition for education funding than about how to combine resources to make significant improvements.

2/25/2015

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that the city needs to add more than 3,850 spots on sports teams for girls to be equally represented in high school athletics and meet Title IX provisions that prohibit discrimination based on sex.

2/25/2015

A public hearing was heated regarding a proposed bill that would allow members of the 141-member city school police force to carry service weapons in school buildings while classes are in session. Under current law, city school officers can be armed only while patrolling the exterior of school buildings and before and after school hours.

2/25/2015

The two new Spanish-language reading series in print format are designed for K2 students. Text Connections en español helps Spanish speakers read, analyze and respond to key text types while Soluciones helps struggling readers with foundational skills and oral language development.

2/25/2015

HMH Education Services is a newly formed organization that will offer a comprehensive set of services to K12 districts, including technical planning, curriculum implementation guidance, districtwide data analysis, school improvement offerings and professional development.

2/25/2015

Voters in 37 wards overwhelmingly endorsed an elected Chicago Board of Education — a non-binding outcome that nonetheless promises to stoke a long-running debate over the mayor's power to appoint board members.

2/25/2015

Both Missouri Legislative chambers gave first-round approval to their respective school transfer measures, which expand virtual education options. The measures are the Legislature’s second try at modifying the current transfer law — which allows children in unaccredited school districts to transfer to higher-performing ones.

2/25/2015

Annual, statewide testing should be saved, and it can be if moderates in both parties fight off special interests. But perhaps the most likely outcome will be to delay the decision for two more years, leaving No Child Left Behind and testing to be tackled by the next president.

2/24/2015

2/24/2015

Morgan Forness, a longtime private-school educator, was named the superintendent of North Dakota's Central Cass Schools. Forness is the superintendent and principal of Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck.

2/24/2015

The better way to ensure that test prep doesn't replace creative, stimulating lessons in class is to relax the law's rigid reliance on scores as a measure of school and teacher performance, and to tone down its harshly punitive elements.

2/24/2015

Missouri has the greatest disparity between how often black and white students get out-of-school suspension for infractions. In addition, black elementary school children are more likely to be suspended in Missouri than in any other state, according to a new Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA study.

2/24/2015

Can New York City bar religious worship in its school buildings? It reflects the tension between the free exercise of religion on the one hand and the nonestablishment of religion on the other. The controversy involves afterschool uses of school buildings by outside organizations.

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