K12 Headlines

4/2/2014

4/2/2014

The North Brunswick Board of Education has approved a tentative budget for 2014-2015 that would raise school taxes by 2 percent and includes $11.95 million in state aid. In addition to filling several new therapist, administrative and aide positions, the district will be adding more than 10 teachers.

4/2/2014

For two decades now, education reformers have promoted a two-track strategy for improving our schools with standards-based structure and school choice. However, some degree of transparency and accountability is essential for all choice schools.

4/2/2014

Following a state attorney general’s opinion, two Tennessee towns must send half of the mixed drink taxes they have collected to the county to fund public education. The schools will receive over $80,000 from Dandridge and an undetermined amount from Baneberry.

4/2/2014

Mackin Educational Resources has teamed up with DK Publishing to include more than 2,000 of DK's e-books in the MackinVIA collection. Mackin customers will now have access to over 300,000 e-books, digital audiobooks and databases.

4/2/2014

Reporters continue to uncover overspending by the California school district in so many budget areas. With no evidence of wrongdoing at district headquarters, it is fair to surmise that the board members have been fooled repeatedly.

4/2/2014

Wildlife Acoustics introduced its new Echo Meter Touch bat detector/recorder/analyzer, a key-fob-sized ultrasonic module that accompanies a free Echo Meter touch app and plugs into an iPhone or iPad. The module-app combination provides teachers and students with a fully functional spectrogram viewer.

4/2/2014

Lawmakers voted down a plan that would have allowed advertising on school buses in Beech Grove, Franklin Township and Zionsville. Some hope to revive the measure in 2015. Although the advertising won Senate approval, the language was removed by House lawmakers during a conference committee.

4/2/2014

The Senate's budget committee approved a bill responding to Kansas Supreme Court orders to correct unconstitutional inequities in public school funding that carried an annual price tag of $129 million. The committee also endorsed a bill combining $50 million in state school aid cuts with $9.5 million in per-pupil base state support.

4/2/2014

Two Midlands school districts have been selected to join Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of schools working toward innovation in technology and education. They join seven other districts to trade ideas on what works to better serve students.

4/2/2014

Enrollment in Texas public schools has hit a new record with over 5 million students, according to the Texas Education Agency. Hispanics students became the majority for the first time in the 2010-2011 school year. Total enrollment increased by 21.6 percent between 2000 and 2010, four times more than the nationwide percentage increase.

4/2/2014

Portland Public Schools' officials are looking to add more than 180 full-time positions across the district, including 150 teachers. The proposed spending plan is close to $505 million, nearly $41 million more than current spending levels.

4/2/2014

After a decade of not opening any schools, Pinellas County wants to launch a third new school this year. The plan came about after Gulf Coast Academy, an alternative charter high school for at-risk students in Largo, decided to close its doors. Two other charters are also calling it quits this summer.

4/1/2014

4/1/2014

The right of individuals to question authority is one of the strongest facets of American life. The current strain of individualism extends far beyond the familiar distrust of Washington and political polarization, affecting choices in education, economic activity and medical care, among other areas.

4/1/2014

Most people believe that charter and private schools are preferable alternatives to traditional public schools. This is evident quite clearly in survey data. This wouldn’t be much of a story if the data on school performance supported these assumptions. Yet private schools are often outperformed by their public counterparts.

4/1/2014

The state Legislature's Yonkers delegation is on board with a two-part bailout for the city's troubled school district. The schools are facing a large budget deficit after an accounting error led to a $55 million hole in both last year and this year's budget.

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