K12 Headlines

10/29/2014

10/29/2014

This year marked the beginning of Alignment Jackson, an initiative to improve Jackson Public Schools by increasing professional development, creating teacher teams and, most popularly, providing a MacBook laptop to each ninth grader. The policy change also allows students to bring their devices like cell phones to class.

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The Rochester School Board approved a proposal to expand its 1-to-1 iPad program to more schools. But the board is also laying off 17 staff members from the technology department. Those jobs will be cut and re-titled to 19 new positions with different descriptions, qualifications and skill sets.

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February 19-21, 2015
San Diego, Calif.

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December 4-6, 2014
Long Beach, Calif.

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December 3-6, 2014
San Diego, Calif.

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The district's staff is scrambling to review each and every high school transcript, before anyone is denied college admission because of the district’s flawed record-keeping system. A small team of tech experts are also working to determine whether reports of flawed transcripts in the district’s defective new computer system, MiSiS, are due to systematic bugs or data errors.

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Since the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., more than 85 percent of school districts in New Jersey have taken new security measures, including adding cameras, hiring security and making building changes, according to a survey of local school officials.

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In many cities in the United States, poor children live in housing areas where drug deals, street crime, and gang violence make it too dangerous for caring parents to allow their kids to go outside to play. It makes more sense to add opportunities for children to play during the school day, not obliterate them by getting rid of sports.

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Seven school districts are asking St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to carefully consider safety concerns for students when he releases the findings of the Michael Brown grand jury. They are asking that any grand jury decision be announced either after 5 p.m. on weekdays or on a weekend.

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Metropolitan Ministries and the Hillsborough County Schools District are partnering to build a new school for the children that call Miracle Place their temporary home.

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A deal has been reached between the city of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools — in the form of a trade. The city says it will forgive $11.6 million of the public school district's debt in exchange for control of 77 vacant school properties and lots scattered throughout the city.

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Parents of U.S. public school students in grades K12 are about evenly divided over the Common Core State Standards. The data suggest that an increase in awareness has led to an increase in negativity, given the seven-percentage-point increase in those viewing the standards negatively.

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Despite concerns about the hit on taxpayers, the Madison School Board overwhelmingly approved a $405.4 million budget for 2014-2015 that will boost teacher pay and raise school taxes.

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The Washington district is looking further into potentially providing sound enhancement systems for all classrooms in its nearly 40 schools. The Lightspeed REDCAT system currently being used by some schools distributes sound evenly throughout the room.

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One of the nation's largest charter school organizations has announced an ambitious expansion plan to more than double its enrollment in the Los Angeles area over the next six years. KIPP LA now operates 11 schools that serve about 4,000 students; by 2020, the organization wants to grow to 9,000 students in 20 schools.

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