K12 Headlines

3/20/2014

3/20/2014

A Florida district that has long subjected misbehaving students to corporal punishment announced it would be suspending and possibly banning the practice. Santa Rosa County officials decided to phase out the practice in order to protect teachers from potential liability issues.

3/20/2014

The Rapid City Area Schools Board of Education approved a five-year, $47.7 million spending program to build a new middle school and renovate one of the high schools.

3/20/2014

With 45 percent of its kids on food stamps, Arkansas ranks first in food insecurity. The state stepped up its efforts in 2010 with a program partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Since then, 1.5 million additional school breakfasts have been served to students in the state.

3/20/2014

Wake County board members praised Superintendent Jim Merrill’s budget proposal, which calls for a $39 million increase in funding. Merrill is looking to bring Wake County to the top of the state in local per-pupil funding and reach the national average in teacher pay by 2020.

3/20/2014

Colorado is poised to direct an additional $300 million in state funding to K12 education. A proposal on how to allocate the new funding for kindergarten, literacy programs, English-language learners, charter schools and improved technology had bipartisan support from the House Education Committee.

3/20/2014

Atomic Learning recently expanded its online training library to include a training series on Building & Deploying a Basic Website Using Joomla. Educators will learn to install the Joomla CMS, develop and deploy a website and explore Joomla extensions.

3/20/2014

Edmentum launched user updates for EducationCity and a new learner experience for Plato Courseware, Edmentum Assessments and EdOptions Academy. All programs will be available this summer, with simpler navigation and improved features.

3/19/2014

3/19/2014

First responders are getting a new, high-tech tool designed to help police and firefighters, and keep students safer when emergencies occur in the Benicia USD's schools. Valued at $70,000, the pilot program was provided for free and will arm local first responders with detailed, high-resolution digital school maps on their computers.

3/19/2014

Some of the tech tools and apps that parents use to help them navigate raising kids in our wired world include Life 360, ZocDoc, Pearl.com and others.

3/19/2014

Oklahoma State University is the only university in the state and one of just 40 in the nation to be selected by the National Math and Science Initiative and UTeach Institute to prepare STEM teachers for elementary and secondary education. The initiative will be supported by 2 million in grants and there are plans to raise an additional $1 million.

3/19/2014

Bridging the “new digital divide” shouldn’t be an insurmountable political issue. Instead, it should be about reframing and reforming our educational pedagogy, positioning technological literacy as a way to combat growing inequality and provide an American economy with a workforce equipped to compete.

3/19/2014

Although Washington ranks first in the nation for creating jobs that require STEM skills, we’re not doing a good job of preparing and inspiring the next generation to compete for them. Those good-paying jobs often require a strong high school education, a technical certificate or a wide range of postsecondary degrees. That forces our companies to recruit from elsewhere and leaves our kids on the outside looking in.

3/19/2014

What role should K12 public education play in the job readiness of its graduates? Answering this question first requires addressing the proper role of public education. Some believe in education for education's sake; that no further explanation is required. Others prefer simple yet more-expansive descriptions of the role of public education.

3/19/2014

Digital Learning Now!, a national initiative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, released its 2013 Digital Learning Report Card measuring and grading K12 policies in all 50 states. In 2013, over 450 digital learning bills were debated and 132 were signed into law, bringing the total of enacted legislation since 2011 to more than 360.

3/19/2014

In a new nationwide survey of more than 600 K12 teachers, 50 percent reported inadequate assistance when using technology in the classroom. Educators cited a lack of support in facing technical issues and implementing new hardware or software.

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