K12 Headlines

5/13/2014

5/13/2014

The University of California, Irvine's STEM University Preparation Program (STEM UPP) is a set of online modules designed to help newly admitted undergraduate students and high school students entering their senior year prepare for the academic rigor of university-level STEM studies.

5/13/2014

Minneapolis Public Schools and Houston Independent School District have selected itslearning's cloud-based learning platform to optimize, support and expand personalized learning and instructional experiences for the combined student populations of more than 240,000 students.

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Long Island's 124 school districts have proposed some of the lowest spending and tax hikes in recent history for the 2014-2015 academic year. Spending across Nassau and Suffolk counties would rise 2.27 percent — the second-smallest average increase since 1996.

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Florida lawmakers passed a bill putting school districts in charge of choosing school books and curriculum. They also are required to develop a policy where parents can object to his or her child's instructional material.

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The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act passed the House, just hours after it also passed a bill to expand education research programs. The act would streamline two existing charter school programs, combine grants to open new schools and renovate facilities, and ask for $50 million more in annual charter school funding, bringing the total to $300 million.

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Besides the questionable expense, a downtown stadium likely would erode community support for athletic events. Though Des Moines is a large city by Iowa standards, sports events at local schools make their neighborhoods feel like small towns. It should keep that feeling.

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Three more schools could be added to the growing list of those designated as innovation schools within Massachusetts. They will each receive a $75,000 fellowship grant that will enable the schools during the next year to establish a plan to open new innovation schools within their district.

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One bill would limit out-of-school suspensions to no more than three days for student behavior that doesn't endanger teachers or other students. The other bill would require school officials to be more transparent in reporting suspensions and more consistent in the way they mete out discipline.

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Arlington voters overwhelmingly approved the school district’s $663 million bond package. The plans cover updates for virtually all of the district's 77 schools in addition to a $46 million career and technical center, a $25 million athletic complex, a $32 million fine arts center, a $2.5 million agricultural science facility and $60 million in multipurpose activity centers.

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The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is holding its Education Industry Summit this week. JDL Horizons, using its Internet streaming solution EduVision, will produce and stream three key sessions live through District Administration to a national audience on May 12 and 13.

5/12/2014

The Uncommon Thread and Scholastic Intervention Solutions have joined forces under a new name. The Uncommon Thread - Powered by Scholastic Intervention Solution will integrate eLearning's administrative tools with remote support developed at SIS and behavior therapy and consultation services provided by The Uncommon Thread.

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Fuel Education is partnering with Missouri’s Grandview R-II School District to provide an online summer school solution for 7th through 12th grade students. Beginning early next month, students can opt to personalize their learning by enrolling in a course to get ahead, to take on an added challenge or to recover credit.

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MIND Research Institute is sponsoring its first-ever Game-a-thon for K12 students. Following the theme “Math is Everywhere,” the Game-a-thon challenges students to design, build and share a game that features creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems.

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Perhaps we should pursue this interesting idea further by asking parents and teachers why American kids don’t seem to do as well as others around the world. Maybe if we talked about high standards rather than “rigor,” we could have a conversation.

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In recent months and years, we’ve started seeing early signs of progress in reversing childhood obesity, a health crisis that many believed was intractable. Despite these signs of progress, overall rates among school-aged youth remain high and there are significant racial and economic disparities in obesity prevalence among children.

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