K12 Headlines

5/14/2014

5/14/2014

The Plum School Board voted to appoint Chris Burkey, who had been systems administrator in the district's technology department, to the interim technology director position. Burkey replaces district technology director Chris Davis. The board also voted to create a technology integrator position for the 2014-2015 school year.

5/14/2014

William S. Hart Union High School District has appointed a new director of technology to oversee the needs of its 22,000 junior high and high school students. Jon Carrino, who has been with the district since the inception of the technology department, will begin his new post on July 1.

5/14/2014

With a unified message, programs like Tech Journey, PI 515 and CODE2040 hope to create a new generation of minority founders of technology companies. The student programs from across the country seek to provide minority students with mentorship and programming skills as a way to help families out of poverty.

5/14/2014

For years, we have been hearing about the great American STEM shortage. The federal government and state and local school districts have been pouring millions into upping the number of STEM graduates. Yet the evidence for a broad-based shortage of graduates in these fields doesn’t appear to exist.

5/14/2014

Catapult Learning and LTS Education Systems are partnering on blended learning solutions. Through a combination of Catapult Learning’s instructional intervention programs and the LTS Stride Academy adaptive online learning platform, the partnership will help struggling K12 students to achieve grade level mastery.

5/14/2014

Schools throughout Indiana have spent millions rigging classrooms with interactive systems, in some cases replacing textbooks with digital devices. But too often schools and students' homes lack the fast, reliable Internet connections to support the digital shift, leading some teachers to pull back on use of digital devices.

5/14/2014

The Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School's board may vote to prohibit charter students from taking classes at the school. Some in the community say it's unfair for charter students to attend the vocational-technical school when the public district provides 70 percent of its funding.

5/14/2014

A who's who of the tech industry elite is lobbying Gov. Jerry Brown to upgrade the computer science curriculum in California's classrooms. The state is taking steps to increase its offerings but it lags far behind others like Texas, say the tech leaders, who are led by Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi.

5/14/2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio touted education initiatives in his executive budget, including $4.4 billion to help address overcrowded classrooms over the next four years. He also spoke about an extra $20 million in the budget for arts education.

5/14/2014

Beginning next school year, San Francisco public schools can set their own policies on allowing students to wear hats, caps or other head coverings - rules previously regulated by the San Francisco USD. Fourteen of the California district's 19 high schools have already adopted rules on wearing hats in class.

5/14/2014

ASCD released four new titles that support academic achievement, including two professional development titles about best practices and strategies and two ASCD Arias publications.

5/14/2014

As part of a new agreement between Cengage Learning's Gale and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, more than 5 million Texas public school students in more than 9,000 schools will have online access to 15 Gale databases and a collection of ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Library.

5/14/2014

Harsh and unequal school discipline practices in a number of South Carolina communities disproportionately push out black and Latino students from the classroom into the criminal justice system. In order to enable all children to succeed, we need them to stay in school.

5/14/2014

CalSTRS, the California teacher retirement fund, holds nearly $74 billion less in assets than it needs to meet its pension obligations, and the gap is growing by $22 million daily. Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget proposes to bring in more pension contributions from teachers, taxpayers and school districts.

5/14/2014

A national coalition filed a federal civil rights complaint alleging Louisiana's school closure policies discriminate against black children. It says the state shuts down conventional New Orleans schools that are almost entirely black even when they show improvement, while giving poorly performing white schools a pass.

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