K12 Headlines

12/20/2013

12/20/2013

A report card from a coalition of education advocates gives barely-passing grades to City Council and the state legislature, when it comes to funding Philly schools. City Council gets a C-minus. And the state legislature gets a “D” in a report card from a coalition of groups led by Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

12/20/2013

The BBC series Walking With Dinosaurs it is downright educational (although youngsters need not be told that). Aimed squarely at the dino-crazy demographic (ages 7 to 12), the film pumps a few IQ points into a kid-film genre sorely in need of them, identifying each dinosaur species introduced, including factoids about what they ate and any special skills they might have had.

12/20/2013

Rick Stout, current superintendent of Scotland County Schools, will take the reins at Onslow County Schools in early 2014. His selection was announced during the Onslow County Board of Education meeting Thursday night. Stout said he hopes to continue the path of excellence already established at Onslow County Schools. He said he would like Onslow County Schools to be the best in state.

12/20/2013

Indiana's State Board of Education is set to release "A-F" school grades for the 2012-13 school year four months after a grade change scandal sparked a review of the grading system. Schools are graded based on a series of factors including test scores, graduation rates and other performance measurements. The grades have become increasingly important factors recently in determining teacher pay, school funding and possible state takeover.

12/20/2013

After three years of battling with Hanna Skandera, the state's controversial education secretary-designate, Democratic lawmakers have a new plan to get her out of office. A new proposal would simply make her position disappear. Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, is backing a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the job of state education secretary altogether.

12/20/2013

Earlier this month, volunteers and staff members from The Education Partnership distributed 7,774 holiday packages filled with school supplies to needy children in 22 area schools. The partnership is hoping for a financial boost for that effort from an Education Tree set up at The Mall at Robinson where shoppers can make a $15 donation in return for a handmade ornament.

12/20/2013

The furor of parents over the Common Core and all that comes with it rocked a Manorville forum sponsored this fall by state Sen. Ken LaValle. Despite consistent pleas to slow down testing of students and implementation of the Common Core standards, the commissioner and the Regents trudge ahead. Even the Regents' announcement this week that the board will appoint a subcommittee to review the new standards' introduction came with the statement that "moving forward with Common Core is essential."

12/19/2013

12/19/2013

The district began using the Fast ForWord program in 2011-12 in four schools to close reading gaps for struggling readers, English learners, and students with disabilities.

12/19/2013

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats.

12/19/2013

To maximize the benefits of these resources, educators will receive customized professional development through the newly-created MDCPS Digital Leader Network, part of extensive infrastructure built to help facilitate the district’s transition to a digital learning environment.

12/19/2013

The new Spanish titles also are available in English to support learners in English as a second language and dual-language programs. All new Spanish titles will be available next month in both print and ebook formats.

12/19/2013

Terms of the contract for the teachers in the school system that serves Union, Warren, Washington, Friendship and Waldoboro were released last week. The two parties have been negotiating for nearly two years to reach a deal.

12/19/2013

According to an analysis of data from the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence, there have been at least 285 school shooting incidents across the country since April 20, 1999.

12/19/2013

All but five states have adopted Common Core, but it has increasingly come under attack, particularly from conservatives, and some states are now considering dropping the standards.

12/19/2013

The percentage of high schools earning A's or B's hit 82 percent, a sharp increase from a decade ago when only 40 percent did. The number of F-rated high schools dropped to one from two last year.

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