K12 Headlines

6/18/2014

6/18/2014

The National Council on Teacher Quality's second annual evaluation of teacher preparation programs found that only 7 percent performed well enough to achieve "top status." Three out of four programs "fail to insist that applicants meet even modest standards," the group wrote, meaning at least a 3.0 grade point average, or scoring above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT.

6/18/2014

The Salem-Keizer School Board approved plans to open a new career and technical education center for high school students. Under the adopted 2014-2015 budget, over $420,000 would fund the center's start up costs. The board also approved a five-year legal agreement between the district and Mountain West Career Technical Institute for the new center

6/18/2014

Scotland County's board approved a remodeling of Scotland High School’s career and technical education program and signed an agreement for Richmond Community College to take over instruction for most vocational and technical classes. In the upcoming school year, the program will grow from one on-campus, college credit-bearing course to 25, in fields including IT and mechanical and electronics engineering.

6/18/2014

July 10–12, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.

6/17/2014

6/17/2014

As with many institutions and universal ideas in this nation in recent years, it seems that even something as right and as basic as feeding children food that is good for them has become politicized. The idea of school lunch as an egalitarian mechanism to nourish our nation’s potential has long been discarded and devalued. We are faced with an enormous crisis of health, education and inequality.

6/17/2014

Capstone announced its preK-3 research solution PebbleGo is now optimized for the iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD and other mobile devices. PebbleGo 2.0 features a new interface design to support mobile web browsers, as well as a number of enhancements across all four of the database modules: Animals, Biographies, Earth and Space, and Social Studies.

6/17/2014

ASCD Professional Learning Services has entered an agreement to provide professional development training for up to 100 administrators, teachers and consultants in the Coatesville Area School District. ASCD will provide Understanding by Design professional learning for elementary and secondary educators throughout the 2014–2015 school year.

6/17/2014

Brooklyn Public Library has received a two year, $400,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand its Brooklyn Connections program. The program is a school outreach initiative that offers middle school students rare access to original archival materials that document the borough’s development history through a special collection of more than one million items from a variety of media.

6/17/2014

South Hunterdon Regional School District’s interim superintendent of schools has been chosen for the permanent position after a five-month-long search process. Louis Muenker has been serving as the interim superintendent since July 2013.

6/17/2014

Mark Toback has been selected to head up the New Jersey district following the resignation of Raymond Gonzalez, which is effective August 1. Prior to his current four years as Hoboken's superintendent, Toback was chief school administrator at Sussex County Technical School for five years.

6/17/2014

Jeffrey Schoonover has been named to dual positions as the new Somerset Public Schools superintendent this school year and the superintendent of both Somerset and the Somerset Berkley Regional School District the year afterward. Schoonover is currently the assistant superintendent in Portsmouth, R.I.

6/17/2014

The Senate gave final legislative approval to the measure explaining how schools should comply with federal law and guidance on constitutionally protected prayer. The measure says students may share religious views and distribute religious literature, with reasonable restrictions.

6/17/2014

The New Jersey Department of Education declined to allow a virtual school day to count in lieu of a snow day on February 13 for Pascack Valley Regional High School District. Of the 2,000 students in the district, 96 percent showed up for their online classes on that day. The state ruled that the day won't count as schools were still physically shut down.

6/17/2014

Muscogee County's school board passed a $264,717,610 budget for fiscal year 2015, 2.2 percent less than the previous year's original budget. Instead of the 69 layoffs anticipated in the preliminary 2015 budget, the number of school-based employees being laid off was lowered to 42. The board also approved hiring three principals and the lateral transfer of five more principals.

6/17/2014

In Colorado, Southwest Denver parents and community members demanded that a task force be created to address the lack of resources and poor performance in the area’s schools. A report issued by A+ Denver stated that only one in 10 graduating high school seniors is college ready. Out of the 42 schools in southwest Denver, only seven received a grade of B or higher on the state’s system.

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