K12 Headlines

8/26/2015

8/26/2015

About 20 percent of the students at Tech High are Somali. Following a bullying incident, the Minnesota district has been scrambling to address the criticism. It's added community and school liaison positions, more cultural awareness training for teachers and other moves designed to build closer ties between the school staff and the growing Somali student body.

8/26/2015

Sandy Grove Middle School is the first energy-positive school in the nation to be financed by its own expected energy savings. The school includes photovoltaic and geothermal heating and cooling systems, spray foam insulation, a whole-building generator and solar panels. These measures are projected to save the school district nearly $35 million over the next 40 years.

8/26/2015

The Idaho Constitution requires that public schools be free. But what does the word “free” mean? When a school presents a long list, including brand names, it becomes a requirement to conform, especially when the lists include materials that clearly stock school inventory for general classroom, not individual, use.

8/26/2015

Already using Skyward for its financial operations, Georgetown ISD turned to the Student Management Suite for all-in-one access to student data, online scheduling and the Family and Student Access portal. In addition, Klein ISD selected the Student Management Suite from Skyward.

8/26/2015

There are about 1,000 fewer kindergartners enrolled in Idaho's public schools this year than last year, continuing a three-year decline in kindergarten enrollment.

8/26/2015

We need to provide more teachers and administrators with in-service training by non-partisan, qualified experts on how to apply the religious-liberty principles of the First Amendment. After all, why waste money on lawyers and religious freedom or infringement lawsuits in schools that can be much better spent on innovative classroom resources, higher teachers’ salaries or new technology?

8/26/2015

In Corpus Christi, the Flour Bluff ISD recently upgraded to an Arecont Vision megapixel IP camera system that includes more than 130 cameras watching the district's six campuses.

8/26/2015

Nearly three of every four public school students in Nebraska met state standards in 2015, according to the state education commissioner. Overall this year, more Nebraska students met the state standards in reading, writing, math and science.

8/26/2015

As part of a new partnership to develop game-­based assessments and explore adaptivity in games, Muzzy Lane’s technology for game-­based learning will be combined with Knewton’s adaptive platform.

8/26/2015

The latest numbers from several groups show an estimated 63 percent increase in students living in school districts with at least 20 percent of students in poverty since 2006. Several groups are now pushing for more “flexibility” in spending, arguing that students in high-poverty schools require more services and money, but often get less than their better off peers.

8/26/2015

Twenty-nine percent of U.S. parents say they fear for their child's safety at school while 10 percent of U.S. parents of K12 students say their child has expressed worries about his or her safety at school. This figure has been fairly consistent since 2003.

8/25/2015

8/25/2015

Cafeteria workers already knew what students ask for and what gets put on the tray but also decided to look at the leftovers to get to the root of the school nutrition problem. For instance, workers are now giving fruit wedges or slices instead of the popular but less eaten whole fruit.

8/25/2015

School leaders in Dickson County decided, after a summer of controversy surrounding the confederate flag, the wise thing to do would be to ban all flags and banners from flying on the back of vehicles on school property.

8/25/2015

The state Board of Education voted to name Martin Keller Jr. as the new superintendent for the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. He will replace Lynn Boyer, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

8/25/2015

Teachwise Inspire is a new platform for educators that provides members with unlimited access to tens of thousands of downloadable resources with Common Core alignment and detailed teacher reviews in addition to a library of professional development courses.

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