K12 Headlines

3/25/2015

3/25/2015

Minneapolis Public Schools will be laying off about 160 workers. The move will save the district $11.6 million. District officials say those savings will go to schools, allowing them to lower class sizes, reduce caseloads for special education teachers and increase learning time at middle and high schools.

3/25/2015

The Chattanooga area school systems have filed suit against the state of Tennessee for not sufficiently funding local schools as mandated under the law. The suit further alleges that Tennessee's Board of Education has instead created a system that shifts the cost of education to local districts.

3/25/2015

The price of our unwillingness to learn from the successes and mistakes of others is repeat failures. The United States resists looking to other countries to learn what’s worked and what hasn’t. We refuse to learn not only from successful educational reforms in other nations, but from failed ones, too.

3/25/2015

A state House committee rejected funding for most of Gov. Rick Snyder’s major education initiatives. The House panel gutted funding increases requested for at-risk schools, a third-grade reading program and special support for financially distressed districts.

3/25/2015

Stonington Public Schools is now using SchoolDude's CrisisManager. The Connecticut district’s administrators have access to CrisisManager and their school's customized emergency response plans on their smartphones. Detailed instructions outline plans for inclement weather, injured student, active shooter, bomb threat and other crisis situations.

3/24/2015

3/24/2015

A second major bond rating agency has downgraded Chicago Public Schools' debt, a move that could cost the district as much as $228 million. The move aggravates the already considerable financial problems at the district, which is projecting a $1.14 billion budget deficit next year.

3/24/2015

Northwestern Local Schools Superintendent Tony Orr will leave his position of seven years to take the superintendent position for the Hamilton City School District.

3/24/2015

Alex Apostle made the surprise announcement after accepting a job as superintendent of Shelton Public Schools in Shelton, Washington. He will continue to serve as superintendent of the Montana school system for the duration of the current school year.

3/24/2015

The Skokie School District 69 school board has tapped Margaret Clauson, the assistant superintendent at Wilmette School District 39, to fill its superintendent position when Quintin Shepherd leaves for a new job at an Iowa school district.

3/24/2015

Lodi USD is using the Bomgar Remote Support solution to provide tech support to its 3,000 employees and to comply with federal laws that protects the privacy of student education records.

3/24/2015

Carroll County Public Schools will bring Discovery Education’s new digital math textbook to its middle and high school classrooms districtwide. Math Techbook features Common Core and state standards-aligned math content, interactives, videos, digital tools and game activities.

3/24/2015

Mobile apps by SchoolInfoApp now allow students to securely display their official school ID on their iPhone, Android or other smartphone with scannable barcodes and pertinent information. Another new feature allows teachers to issue digital hall passes to help with schools' out-of-class management policies and procedures.

3/24/2015

The New Jersey city's school board approved a $297 million budget for next school year that calls for eliminating 226 positions and closing a school. The cuts to staff positions were made to help close a $17.3 million budget gap for the 2015-16 school year.

3/24/2015

Public-education systems struggle with a lack of racial and economic diversity. In many cities, the choice of a school is an individual family’s decision that can become entangled with the future health of the school system itself. We are likely to see more equality in these systems when more families are willing to elect to send their kids to schools dominated by lower-class minority populations.

3/24/2015

As Americans, historically we’ve wanted public schools to create a level playing field. Schools must be part of the solution. We shouldn’t blame teachers or districts. They’re just dealing with what they’ve been given. Districts don’t decide their own boundaries, but saying that doesn’t absolve us from how schools can help.

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