K12 Headlines

4/9/2014

4/9/2014

A measure was passed that would provide $2 million to keep the Normandy district open for the rest of the school year. Normandy was financially solvent prior to last summer’s state Supreme Court ruling that upheld the transfer law, which allows children in unaccredited districts to transfer to better schools at their home district's expense.

4/9/2014

The state's board will be considering the addition of Mexican American Studies as an official high school elective. Over 50 percent of the state's public school students are Hispanic. The board is considering a total of 20 new courses this week with several already being developed in response to legislation from the 2013 session.

4/9/2014

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Alabama Accountability Act and said the public school students who filed the suit failed to prove the legislation treats them unequally. The law allows students in failing public schools to transfer to non-failing schools or private schools while their parents get tax credits to cover the cost.

4/9/2014

A proposed merger of two districts in Pennsylvania’s Berks County is being pushed not only as a way to cut costs, but also as a “moral obligation” of the wealthier township. The merger, which is drawing criticism from some parents, students and taxpayers, would create a regional model to serve approximately 5,000 students.

4/9/2014

The Illinois legislature is considering 11 bills that would, among other things, limit where charters can be located, ban them from marketing themselves to students, and abolish a commission that has the power to overrule local boards and grant charter licenses.

4/9/2014

Baltimore school officials presented a budget scenario that calls for sizeable staff layoffs and de-funding key contracts that serve schools if a $31 million deficit is not closed.

4/9/2014

When teachers or coaches are charged in incidents involving sexual relationships with students, it’s disturbing on a number of levels. The potential exists that the offenses will go unreported and could occur again. Schools can currently allow educators to quit quietly and get hired at another school without their past known.

4/9/2014

Mutualink has introduced a secure multimedia communications platform to enhance schools’ safety and security by establishing a direct link with police, fire, EMS and other entities in emergency situations. Mutualink K12, designed exclusively for K12 schools, acts as a gateway for real-time voice, video, data and text communications.

4/9/2014

Students involved in sexting inappropriate images at a Barrington middle school are now facing more serious consequences as a criminal investigation has been launched rather than punishments through the school's student discipline code.

4/9/2014

The Catasauqua Area School District's board approved an initiative where all high school students will receive a personal laptop computer for the 2014-2015 school year. Under a four-year lease deal, the district's 1-to-1 technology initiative will equip students with a MacBook Air device.

4/9/2014

TabPilot Learning Systems released Tablet Manager 4.0, expanding features that allow for classroom control, monitoring, and management of tablets in shared-use environments.

4/9/2014

Extreme Networks and Pro Football Hall of Fame are partnering on education and community outreach in K12 districts across the country. Extreme will be donating its IdentiFi Wireless and high performance switch technology to be distributed across multiple districts and powering the PFHOF’s Heart of a Hall of Famer series.

4/8/2014

4/8/2014

Over the next few years, charters are expected to serve an increasing proportion of New York City students—perhaps as much as 10 percent. Is there a point at which fostering charter schools undermines traditional public schools and the children they serve?

4/8/2014

Arrow, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, introduced the Key Rotation Indicator Rose for use on the QL97 series classroom intruder lockset. In an emergency situation, the 97 Function allows the teacher to use their key to lock the outside lever from inside the classroom, thereby preventing unauthorized entry.

4/8/2014

Dual enrollment options at the local community college and flexible scheduling are among the new offerings students at Ann Arbor Public Schools will find this fall. The district will also be moving a student development program into its A2 Tech High School building to offer students in both tracks more options as part of a "Pathways to Success" campus.

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