K12 Headlines

5/5/2014

5/5/2014

The TeacherFit Urban K12 teacher applicant prescreening assessment from Aspex Solutions will allow principals and hiring managers to identify teachers who are most likely to be effective teachers in an urban school setting.

5/5/2014

The education gender gap, it seems, is a very real thing. We know that by kindergarten, girls are better prepared for the demands of elementary school; they're generally more attentive, independent, and better behaved. And because of this (and a host of other reasons) girls academically outpace their male counterparts.

5/5/2014

Policymakers debating Michigan's state will soon decide how they’ll fund our school children. There is one option that will maximize resources to the classroom — and it does so without raising taxes — so kids have the resources they need.

5/5/2014

A bill that began as a straight ban on implementing the Common Core but now focuses on a process to adopt new standards won approval in the Missouri Senate. In the meantime, the Common Core statewide assessments that sparked the push for this bill would be used in schools starting next year.

5/5/2014

Common Core would be replaced with education standards developed in South Carolina by the 2015-16 school year. The bill, which passed 42-0, is a compromise of legislation that initially sought to repeal the math and reading standards that have been rolled out in classrooms statewide.

5/5/2014

Chicago Public Schools has released a proposed $423-million capital plan that is nearly triple what the district proposed this time last year in spending to upgrade its schools. This year’s projects include building the new Barack Obama College Prep and annexes for four overcrowded schools.

5/5/2014

The Iowa Department of Education plans to issue guidance to school districts that use free and reduced-price meal data to help determine attendance boundaries. The move comes in the wake of a heated school board discussion over the use of numbers from the federal meals program to redraw elementary school boundaries.

5/2/2014

5/2/2014

Dale Skinner, high school principal in Natchitoches Parish since 2010, was elected as the district’s next superintendent. He will take the place of Derwood Duke, who announced in January that he would be retiring.

5/2/2014

FrontRow released a new version of its Juno classroom sound line: Juno Connect. It lets teachers use voice commands to control projectors and other devices, record and post screen capture videos, and initiate and answer intercom calls without touching a computer.

5/2/2014

A series of 3D digital literacy initiatives has been launched by 3D Systems. The long-term MAKE.DIGITAL initiative includes an education webpage on 3DS' Cubify.com, curriculum and training resources for a range of STEAM subjects and age groups, and partnerships with programs and scholarships.

5/2/2014

Maine lawmakers recently received two consultant reports evaluating school security across the state. The state says it is planning to build off its recommendations in the coming months.

5/2/2014

Broward may ask voters to approve a $800 million bond issue. The money would be spent on construction repairs, technology upgrades and school safety improvements such as ensuring Broward schools only have a single point of entry for visitors.

5/2/2014

Michigan State legislators on both sides of the aisle expect education funding to be a major discussion in this fall’s election season. Not only are long-term solutions unlikely, there is not even legislative support to fund a study of how much should be spend for Michigan students to compete with those in higher-performing states.

5/2/2014

What will it actually take to reach the 90 percent goal? America cannot reach this high school graduation goal without closing the opportunity gap. Graduation gaps between low-income students and their middle-to-higher-income peers reach nearly 30 percentage points in some states.

5/2/2014

The Louisiana Senate Education Committee shot down a $3.6 billion public school formula proposed by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Senators objected to a provision that could force the Legislature into automatically hiking the state's funding for schools for years to come.

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