K12 Headlines

4/23/2014

4/23/2014

The Edwardsville district inked its second tech-related deal in recent years by approving a five-year, $600,000 purchase-lease agreement with American Capital for technology improvements. The deal includes replacing computers, servers and routers and upgrading the financial management and student database systems.

4/23/2014

Digital Learning Now!, a national initiative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which pushes to reform education and to improve technology, recently released a report card that grades K12 education policies in each of the nation’s 50 states. But the grades for some states are still failing or near failing.

4/23/2014

Siemens announced nearly $660 million of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at vocational high schools, technical community colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Thirteen academic partners, including five public high schools, are receiving the grants to support curriculum and training programs.

4/23/2014

The Tuscaloosa County School System has a new plan to expand career tech instruction at all six of its high schools and eight of its middle schools over the next three years. The goals include programs focused on health science, visual arts, agricultural science and more.

4/23/2014

The state's Education Technology Task Force has released its "Education Technology Blueprint" report, outlining 19 learning, teaching, assessment and infrastructure recommendations. Policies based on the recommendations have already begun, including adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula.

4/23/2014

A proposed shared services agreement amongst four New Jersey districts would remove the in-house technology director position at Northern Highlands' high school. Under the agreement, one CTO would be appointed to oversee seven schools.

4/23/2014

The rush to get student data into the cloud has not been accompanied by careful attention to student privacy. Any legislative fix should set rules for how student data is transmitted, stored and secured.

4/23/2014

Summer school is differing greatly from district to district in Connecticut. Some districts, like Newtown, offer more traditional remedial summer school courses, but others, including Danbury and Bethel, have expanded their offerings to include a Wilderness Survival course or classes that qualify students for more advanced courses in the fall.

4/23/2014

The state already struggles to graduate some of its students, particularly in poor, rural areas that also have the greatest transportation needs. That situation should not be compounded by a lack of school bus drivers. South Carolina also needs to take into account the age of its state-run school bus fleet.

4/23/2014

A statewide poll showed public support for using a formula to distribute state school funding. Education advocates say that a proposed commission to examine the issue is a critical first step. State funding for education is currently distributed with factors, weights and targets changing on an annual basis.

4/23/2014

A family is suing a New Jersey district and its superintendent, seeking to have the phrase "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawsuit, filed by the undisclosed family and the American Humanist Association, claims that the practice of acknowledging God discriminates against atheists, in violation of the state's constitution.

4/23/2014

Philadelphia's charter school office is recommending that Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School's two campuses be shut down as of July 1. Problems include declining test scores, a $3 million general fund deficit and failure of its associated foundation to maintain its nonprofit status.

4/23/2014

A New York State Association of School Business Officials report shows that since 2010, about 30 school districts have studied merging but failed to complete the process for a variety of reasons. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered incentives to encourage districts and local governments to merge or share services to become more efficient.

4/23/2014

As the U.S. economy improves, more high school graduates are choosing work over college, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The drop in college attendance among recent graduates appears concentrated among groups most likely to be deciding between going to school and joining the improving job market.

4/23/2014

A new partnership between Nepris and JASON Learning will enable K12 students taking part in the JASON Learning STEM curricula to virtually connect with science experts and bring them into their classrooms through online interactive sessions.

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