K12 Headlines

4/22/2014

4/22/2014

Raleigh County chose one of its own, Assistant Superintendent David Price, to lead the 30-school district as superintendent. He will replace Superintendent Jim Brown.

4/22/2014

Administrator Robert R. Neu has been chosen to lead Oklahoma’s largest school district. He is currently superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools in Washington, a 22,000-student district that is about half the size of Oklahoma City’s district.

4/22/2014

A new law is getting rid of a 2008 state-mandated graduation requirement for seniors to complete a yearlong culminating project. However, local school boards will ultimately be allowed to decide whether to keep the senior project for the class of 2015 and beyond.

4/22/2014

Chicago is adding the International Baccalaureate model to five more elementary and middle schools this fall. The expansion covers about 1,500 students and will provide updated art, science and library facilities and training for teachers and staff.

4/22/2014

Harrisburg revised its district recovery plan after finding $11 million in its coffers. As a result, employees will receive a payment covering the 5 percent salary cut taken this year and full-day kindergarten will continue. The tax increases originally anticipated when the district believed it was facing a $4.5 million deficit will not occur.

4/22/2014

A state school finance bill has been signed that will send millions of dollars to schools and end mandatory due process hearings before experienced teachers can be fired. It allocates $129 million to close gaps in the capital outlay fund and the local option budget fund.

4/22/2014

For Earth Day, PBS LearningMedia is featuring a collection of free resources for classrooms focused on the environment: l <3 Earth. The digital collection includes topics such as recycling, climate change and animal habitats.

4/22/2014

Elite Screens launched its Starling retractable electric projection screen as a more refined option for CE Retail sales. It will be available in a range of sizes including 100", 120" and 135" in 16:9 HDTV format.

4/22/2014

Benchmark Education launched a new reading practice book series in print format for students in grades three through six and aligned to Common Core State Standards. Each Short Reads for Finding Text Evidence grade-level set consists of a teacher’s guide and student practice books.

4/22/2014

There are many urban and rural children in New Jersey who are over age and under accredited and on their way to leaving school without a credential. Many of these young people have experienced trauma and are challenged by limited cognitive skills that restrict their ability to enter the workforce as it stands.

4/22/2014

The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act makes it clear that bullying on the web that affects the school, damages a student or staff and/or limits the ability of a student to learn in a safe and secure environment is included. Opposition is partly based on challenges to potential violation of individual freedom of speech.

4/22/2014

Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, a top administrator in Maryland's Montgomery County school system, has been named as Hartford's next superintendent. She is expected to succeed Superintendent Christina Kishimoto on July 1.

4/22/2014

Florida taxpayers have invested more than $27 billion to reduce class sizes with the expectation that smaller class sizes will result in improved student achievement. They have little to show for their investment.

4/22/2014

Although districts across New York will be asking voters to approve budgets with tax hikes, the state will send rebate checks to most property owners. The rebates will be paid only in districts that keep tax increases below a state-set tax cap of nearly 2 percent. Approximately 94 percent will stay under the cap.

4/22/2014

Vision Quest Community School, a new teacher-led Rochester elementary school in New York, is being planned and created by a coalition of parents and teachers. Their proposal is for an arts-rich curriculum emphasizing active learning in long school days and providing a transition to the School of the Arts.

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