K12 Headlines

4/10/2014

4/10/2014

The secret to a strong neighborhood and community does not start with a recreation or events center. It starts with great schools. If a city and county are going to spend money to make the community great, they should get serious about making their school districts the best in the state.

4/10/2014

If Tennessee adopts a new school voucher program, the question arises whether enough private schools will participate to feed the demand envisioned by lawmakers. An ongoing market analysis sponsored by the Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development suggests a severe shortage in seats.

4/10/2014

MIND Research Institute released a new white paper, “Better Blends With Visual Game-Based Math.” Covering the benefits of a blended learning model for both teachers and students, the paper describes various ways MIND’s ST Math program can personalize digital learning while being part of a core mathematics curriculum.

4/10/2014

A new ACT research report shows a clear link between student academic readiness and college dropout and transfer rates. The findings suggest students at the greatest risk of dropping out are those who earn lower ACT college readiness assessment scores.

4/10/2014

Minnesota's legislative bodies sent the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, an overhaul of Minnesota's bullying-prevention law, to the governor for signing.

4/10/2014

The order outlines information that the state must provide for the Justice Department to monitor the voucher program, which the federal government contends might have worsened public school segregation. Data on applicants and the private schools they are to attend must be provided 10 days before alerting families and schools.

4/10/2014

While the city's public school officials continue to say there will be a budget crisis until pension reform is achieved, the district said cost-cutting and a one-time accounting maneuver will provide an additional $70 million for school budgets in the coming year.

4/10/2014

A $500 million package cleared a major hurdle in the state Legislature. The two bills awaiting a final vote aim to use the improving tax collections to backfill K12 budgets. The measures raise per-pupil funding, give charters more funding and help schools pay for full-day kindergarten.

4/10/2014

The city's schools will have their budgets cut by $5.2 million next year, instead of the previously predicted $21 million. The extra $15 million the administration is able to give schools comes from higher-than-expected property tax collections, and more than $10 million in savings in this year’s budget.

4/10/2014

Allentown is planning to open a new career-focused high school emphasizing a smaller learning environment, project-based learning, internships and 21st-century skills. The district would lease a building, use teachers from its existing faculty and cover the new school's expenses through grants and the district's general fund.

4/10/2014

The San Francisco USD's board approved a resolution committing to increase access to after-school programs for its 26,005 K5 students. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the district will seek to expand the capacity at schools where more space is needed for after-school programs already in place.

4/9/2014

4/9/2014

Aleksandr Sadiwnyk, Mount Pleasant Middle School's technology education teacher, has been honored for fostering technological literacy and effective STEM education programs. At the International Technology and Engineering Educators conference, he received the Donald Maley Spirit of Excellence Outstanding Graduate Citation award.

4/9/2014

Many commissioners and board members can be skeptical about technology. That is not to say they disapprove. However, they may fail to see the connection between technology and learning to read, doing essential math and understanding history. Commissioners are not alone. Many people older than today’s millenials and young students find technology frustrating, even incomprehensible.

4/9/2014

You've likely seen stories in the news media over the past decade about the impending shortage of qualified STEM graduates being produced by U.S. schools. When you cut through the rhetoric, there are shortages in some narrow fields, but no empirical evidence to suggest that STEM is facing a broad and widespread shortage.

4/9/2014

A new approach to assessing students’ three-dimensional learning should give teachers a clearer picture of the reasoning their students are using to grasp science concepts. This more intensive assessment will be a critical tool for schools implementing the Next Generation Science Standards to boost STEM scores.

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