K12 Headlines

3/12/2014

3/12/2014

Teenagers are biologically driven to sleep-in, stay-up-late schedules—routines that make early school mornings challenging for everybody. What if the remedy lies in making adjustments to their daily schedule requirements?

3/12/2014

Philadelphia's school district plans to designate two additional elementary schools for conversion to charter schools in September. This will be the fifth straight year that failing district schools will be given to charter organizations for turnarounds.

3/12/2014

Just before they were set to appear in court, Butler Public School officials agreed to stop requiring parents to show government-issued identification before registering their children in school. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey sued the Morris County district last week.

3/12/2014

Middle schoolers next year may be assigned to tweet and post Facebook updates as part of social media and internet use classes. New Jersey became the first in the nation to pass a law requiring students in grades six through eight to take a class that will teach the appropriate use of social media sites.

3/12/2014

Oregon recently became the tenth state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. However, there is currently no certification in several science areas, and there is little opportunity for teachers to pursue such training in the college programs that exist now in the state.

3/12/2014

The Latitude 13 Education Series laptop, Dell Mobile Computing Cart upgrade kit and Dell Interactive Projector S520 join the recently introduced Chromebook 11 and Venue tablets to empower teachers, engage students and meet the security and manageability needs of IT support personnel.

3/12/2014

Central Coast New Tech High School's World War I exhibit was the culmination of five weeks of effort, requiring cooperation from ninth- and 10th-grade students in disciplines including biology, mathematics, languages and the arts. Demonstrating the school’s project-based learning philosophy, it included infographics, mock propaganda, poetry written by students and translated into German and plays.

3/12/2014

Local schools, including Barrington High School and Lake County High School's Technology Campus, have now signed on as partners in the new digital manufacturing and design institute to be built in Goose Island, Chicago. A multi-partner team led by UI Labs will receive $320 million from the U.S. Department of Defense and from industry, government and community partners.

3/12/2014

Legislation that would permit a charter school to be operated by a for-profit entity with the approval of the school's district is advancing in the House. Currently, Tennessee has 69 charter schools, which are publicly financed but operated independently.

3/12/2014

Sex abuse is a frequent occurrence involving public employees in positions of trust and victims forced into their care by mandatory attendance. Congress, governors,the secretary of education, legislators and school boards need to get serious and stop these crimes against youth.

3/11/2014

3/11/2014

KnowRe, an educational technology company with an adaptive mathematics curriculum, was listed in Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 series as one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education.

3/11/2014

Motorola Solutions and Chardon Area Schools launched the SchoolSAFE Solution, which provides an instantaneous link to first responders in an emergency. The software enables interoperable radio communications between school personnel and first responders in compliance with National Incident Management System guidelines.

3/11/2014

Blaine Elementary and W.D. Kelley will use $3 million in grant money from the private Philadelphia School Partnership to transform themselves. They were chosen due to the large numbers of students they received from schools the district closed in June.

3/11/2014

Louisiana lawmakers introduced bills to drop the new national tests that measure the Common Core math and English standards. The Education Department's decision to postpone testing in the state for one year in November means it is already too late to use the tests in 2015-16.

3/11/2014

Although the total number of suspensions in Rhode Island public schools has declined dramatically, minority students are suspended at disproportionately higher rates than their white peers, according to the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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