K12 Headlines

3/18/2014

3/18/2014

The St. Paul school district began piloting the TipTxt two-way messaging service at Central High School and plans to expand it districtwide this year. The anonymous service is for students, staff and parents to send text messages to the district about bullying, theft, crime or other issues.

3/18/2014

In the legislative session just ended, nearly half the state budget was allocated to public education. But additional money will, again, merely fund basic education for more than 10,000 additional students expected next year and mandated expenditures such as employee health and retirement funds.

3/18/2014

Three more charter schools in Broward County could be forced to shut their doors this year, bringing the number of closures to 15 in the last 20 months. It is an alarming failure rate that is prompting officials to call for more stringent rules from the state.

3/18/2014

A citywide coalition of community groups is demanding that 80% of $1 billion in new school funding headed to L.A. Unified be spent on needy students according to decisions made by local schools rather than district bureaucrats.

3/18/2014

On April 18, Dr. Dennis Haddock will mark the close of nine years with the Lakewood School District and 33 years in K12 public education. After serving as assistant superintendent of the district for three years, Haddock was selected as superintendent in 2008.

3/18/2014

A new change to state law due to go into full effect this year would automatically hold back third grade students who aren't reading at grade level. But if that principle is applied in a one-size-fits-all basis for the state, the results could be devastating.

3/17/2014

3/17/2014

The same district that had perhaps the most highly compensated superintendent in California last year also spends over two times the state average on its administration. The Centinela Valley Union High School District's administrative spending was the second highest among Los Angeles County's 80 districts.

3/17/2014

The new career diploma/vocation training education path is crucial and could yield positive outcomes. This is the opportunity that Louisiana and the country needs in order to provide the proper tools and assets to students that will make up the backbone of future blue collar America.

3/17/2014

After analyzing years of sick day records claimed by teachers and the amount spent on substitutes, the Beaufort County district will attempt to reduce the number of sick days taken with an incentive. Ideas include possibly paying teachers for steady attendance and unused sick leave.

3/17/2014

Illinois has a legal obligation to provide adequate education funding, and a moral obligation to make sure all students receive a quality education. That's a tall order to fill, given the state's current financial woes. But maintaining the status quo isn't the answer.

3/17/2014

Edgenuity has launched Edgenuity MyPath, a new program that provides students in grades 6-12 with supplemental instruction in mathematics and reading customized to their skill and comprehension level. The offering, available for the 2014-2015 school year, can be used for remediation, grade-level support or enrichment through “Individualized Learning Paths.”

3/17/2014

The search for a new Boston school superintendent will easily uncover candidates with more charisma than interim superintendent John McDonough. Yet there is a growing feeling around town that he might be the best person to lead the city's schools.

3/17/2014

The financial profile data shown in the Illinois State Board of Education's 2014 financial watch list shows that 532 school districts, almost 62 percent of the state's total, are deficit spending. The board has submitted a proposal to state lawmakers to increase school funding next year by more than $1 billion.

3/17/2014

Recent legislation mandating schools test for radon gas was amended to strip provisions that would require schools to perform a short-term test for radon gas at each school by June 30, 2025, and at least once every 10 years thereafter.

3/17/2014

PBS’ media-on-demand service for educators, PBS LearningMedia, announced a new "Math Is Awe-Sum” campaign designed to empower educators teaching math in pre-K12 classrooms with new digital resources and professional development tools.

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