K12 Headlines

5/29/2014

5/29/2014

Many schools are unable to meet the city's Public Schools Athletic League's financing requirements that include the perceived level of interest at the school, availability of coaches, and enough students who could satisfy the league’s academic eligibility rules. The Small Schools Athletic League was created three years ago when the new smaller high schools could get few or no sports programs with little support from the Education Department.

5/29/2014

Boulder Valley Superintendent Bruce Messinger is recommending a $576 million capital construction package for the district's next bond issue, including a new $45 million school in Erie, a new central kitchen and added classroom space to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten programs.

5/29/2014

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would reduce funds for school buses. The House bill would limit the number of spare buses and their replacement parts, while revising the state inspection process for school bus maintenance. The bill’s sponsor says the legislation would make bus operations more efficient, while saving about $19 million in recurring funds over five years.

5/29/2014

The City Council discussed a proposal to keep children from walking away from their schools unnoticed. The bill would require audible alarms on all doors at elementary and special education schools across New York City. Installing audible alarms could run an estimated $1.5 million.

5/29/2014

Cash-strapped schools desperate to replace leaky roofs and crumbling infrastructure likely will go without state construction money for a third year, school business officials say, since Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal continues a moratorium on funding new projects.

5/28/2014

5/28/2014

One key component in updating school security and increasing emergency response time is utilizing technology to connect physical security measures to safety personnel and first responders on one broad network across an entire district.

5/28/2014

Helmets worn by six Greenback high school students will provide coaches with real-time data about significant hits. Sensors inside pads in the helmet will send information to a handheld monitor, showing coaches which player was involved, where on the head they were hit and the speed of the collision.

5/28/2014

In Delaware, technical high school districts in each county draw students from comprehensive school systems. Iowa students cannot choose a technical high school over their local comprehensive school system. As a result, there will be no extra state funding for the added expense of any new technical programs at Waterloo Community Schools.

5/28/2014

Several Tucson-area schools will receive more than $31,000 in grants to fund innovative technology projects. The seven schools were named winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The award recognizes teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in the classroom.

5/28/2014

The Illinois district's board of education has approved a new technology program designed to prepare students for the technological changes happening at the collegiate and professional level. The pilot program will also include training for parents and lend computers to students who don't have devices at home.

5/28/2014

The current mission of Northeast High School, the first NASA-recognized high school space program, was nearly aborted because of education budget cuts in its Philadelphia school district. With more than $13,000 in crowdfunding donations, the high school's Project SPARC was able to launch its annual two-day simulated moon habitat mission.

5/28/2014

Eight bills were introduced in New Jersey that aim to promote vo-tech programs and their missions, some with funding, others with encouragement. One bill would provide facilities funding for vo-tech districts. Another would start to restore funding for adult high schools and post-secondary programs that were cut over the last five years.

5/28/2014

A new cloud-based software-as-a-service product from Swan Island Networks called Trusted Information Exchange Service (TIES) for Microsoft CityNext is a situation awareness engine. It can help principals monitor 911 calls to find out more about nearby incidents. It also can give administrators faster access to information on pedophiles, breaking crime news and gang activity.

5/28/2014

Alton School District's Board of Education approved a $1 million lease agreement to purchase about 3,200 Google Chromebooks for student use and 220 laptops for teachers. The district had already been on a one-to-one system at some grade levels, but the new agreement will allow the program to be districtwide.

5/28/2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will continue the planned expansion of a Bloomberg-era pilot program where students learn about computer programming, robotics and web design. He also promised to open more technology-focused schools, including six-year high schools.

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