K12 Headlines

3/27/2015

3/27/2015

Calvin J. Watts, an assistant superintendent for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwanee, Ga., will be the Kent School District's next superintendent. He will succeed Edward Lee Vargas, who stepped down in October after six years in Kent to accept a nonprofit position.

3/26/2015

3/26/2015

A plan developed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans will hold back a school funding increase until June, when an appointed commission would recommend a new teacher-evaluation system. A previous understanding between the House and the Senate had indicated that education funding would not be contingent on the enactment of reforms.

3/26/2015

California lawmakers must strengthen financial oversight of charter schools to stem cases of fraud and mismanagement that have already cost taxpayers $81 million, according to a new report from several advocacy groups.

3/26/2015

A Pennsylvania representative has introduced legislation that would require school districts to consolidate their administrative functions on a countywide basis. The Public School Code would be amended for all counties except Philadelphia, which already has its own unified public school system.

3/26/2015

The Cleveland school board is expected to approve new funding for the school construction watchdog panel. One of the biggest changes proposed will be that Bond Accountability Commission members will serve for two-year terms rather than being permanently appointed to their positions.

3/26/2015

Gwinnett County Schools plans to add 175 teacher positions for the next school year teachers and hopes an increase in starting pay will help attract the new hires.

3/26/2015

A wide-ranging bill that would allow parents to transfer their students to any school in the state that had not reached 90 percent of its capacity, regardless of county lines was approved by a House panel. It would also require districts to set up a process for parents to request that their children be removed from teachers’ classes.

3/26/2015

Two committees in the state's General Assembly will consider a bill that would require seat belts on school buses, proposed by a lawmaker in response to a deadly school bus crash in December.

3/26/2015

Texthelp launched Teach for Google, a comprehensive professional development solution that offers a library of short courses with instructional videos, strategy overviews, templates, checklists and more through Google Apps for Education.

3/26/2015

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, America’s second largest public pension fund, expanded their relationship with the implementation of Software AG’s zIIP Enabler for Natural. The transaction platform takes advantage of IBM’s specialty processors to lower the total cost of ownership of operating a mainframe.

3/26/2015

This is a moment of rare opportunity in Ohio politics when everyone agrees that Ohio's charter schools need fixing. Checkbook-level detail should be available under Ohio's open records law to track the expenditure of public funds by charter schools, just as it is for public schools.

3/26/2015

Eliminating over 100 Minneapolis Public Schools administrative positions is a sensible move that will direct resources to schools and classrooms. If the district can do without that many full-time central office employees, questions need to be asked about how those jobs contribute to the district’s mission and why they were not re-evaluated earlier.

3/26/2015

Schools sharing their tax base with tax-increment financing (TIF) districts experience slower revenue growth and higher tax rates than those school districts unencumbered by TIF districts. TIF's impact is mediated by tax caps, transfers of TIF funds between government agencies and each state's equalization formula.

3/26/2015

The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would pause state spending on new school debt. State reimbursement for school bonds authorized between January 2015 and July 2020 would stop.

3/26/2015

An Arkansas legislative committee passed a bill to increase the jurisdiction of school resource officers if they are accompanying students on a field trip or outside of the school district boundaries. In addition, the committee advanced a bill to allow public dollars to fund private-school scholarships for children with severe disabilities.

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