K12 Headlines

3/17/2014

3/17/2014

The financial profile data shown in the Illinois State Board of Education's 2014 financial watch list shows that 532 school districts, almost 62 percent of the state's total, are deficit spending. The board has submitted a proposal to state lawmakers to increase school funding next year by more than $1 billion.

3/17/2014

Recent legislation mandating schools test for radon gas was amended to strip provisions that would require schools to perform a short-term test for radon gas at each school by June 30, 2025, and at least once every 10 years thereafter.

3/17/2014

PBS’ media-on-demand service for educators, PBS LearningMedia, announced a new "Math Is Awe-Sum” campaign designed to empower educators teaching math in pre-K12 classrooms with new digital resources and professional development tools.

3/17/2014

As part of Google’s new Add-On area for Google Docs and Sheets, Texthelp has introduced its Highlighting Tools free add-on, designed to enable educators in schools and universities to help their students identify and group key facts together, collect words to learn and undertake further research.

3/17/2014

With depleted staffs, tighter budgets and higher expenses, districts across the state are exploring ways to pay substitute teachers. Some districts have responded by limiting substitutes' hours and increasing the pool of subs. But, increasingly, districts are outsourcing their substitute operations to staffing agencies.

3/17/2014

The Louisiana Department of Education’s routine audit of the East Baton Rouge Parish system’s academic records came back as “uncommon” and “troubling” with grade and graduating discrepancies and an alleged lack of oversight and cheating in online courses.

3/17/2014

Facing mobility rates of over 20 percent, many metro-area districts have undertaken district-wide initiatives to reduce mobility and ease transitions, including streamlining the records request process and creating a pacing guide for all district schools.

3/14/2014

3/14/2014

Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Patricia Wright, will retire from that post May 1. Wright, a veteran of the state education department, has been serving as the state's schools chief under three governors.

3/14/2014

Cerebellum Corporation has launched a new video streaming website for its line of Standard Deviants educational videos. Now students and educators can use the SD Instant Access digital delivery and playback platform to instantly download or stream 274 Standard Deviants titles.

3/14/2014

As a private online collaborative environment, Chalk.com creates a school and district wide professional learning community with the ability to share resources, hold discussions and work together.

3/14/2014

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 has chosen a new superintendent. The D-38 board voted unanimously to hire Karen Brofft, assistant superintendent of Englewood Schools near Denver, for the top job.

3/14/2014

The Orleans Parish School Board's approved a cooperative agreement with the state Recovery School District that would help students with severe disabilities, persistent school absences, prison histories and other issues.

3/14/2014

The development boom will lead Jersey City's public school district enrollment to increase by 25 percent by 2017. According to a new study, the enrollment gains will be in grades K through 5. There are also an inadequate number of pre-K centers for the expected increase in families with small children.

3/14/2014

A newly formed teachers and parents group asked the Syracuse school board to ensure that violent or disruptive students are quickly removed from their regular classrooms and transferred to alternative programs.

3/14/2014

The primary change made by lawmakers negotiating Senate Bill 229 is intended to clarify language that gun opponents thought would have allowed people to carry guns while on school parking lots or in school buildings.

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