K12 Headlines

11/19/2014

11/19/2014

The Filling the Skills Gap” report suggests guaranteeing funding, removing administrative barriers to vocational programs. and making vocational schools the most in-demand schools in urban areas. The report also wants the vocational school model made available to cities and towns that do not belong to a regional vocational-technical district.

11/19/2014

Science teachers wanting to teach their students about the changing ways of weather could find themselves with an interesting teaching aid this spring. BloomSky plans to give away 10,000 internet-connected weather probes to schools and parks.

11/19/2014

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to raise the annual amount the government spends to wire educational faculties through its E-Rate program to $3.9 billion a year from $2.4 billion.

11/19/2014

Philip Vinogradov, an Upper Dublin resident currently employed with the Centennial School District, was hired as director of technology for the Upper Dublin school district.

11/19/2014

Designed to tighten the feedback loop between schools and families, the eSchoolPLUS Family App puts quickly connects students, parents and guardians with classwork, schedules, attendance, grades, activities and more on their mobile devices.

11/18/2014

11/18/2014

Through a new partnership with Destination Imagination (DI), PCG Education will repurpose and incorporate DI hands-on STEM, arts and service learning content into in-school curriculum and afterschool programs for K12 students. PCG will also partner with DI to deliver summer camp programming.

11/18/2014

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is stepping down from his position after three years, leaving a legacy that includes historic test gains as well as some of the fiercest clashes this state has ever seen over public schools.

11/18/2014

Cogmed Working Memory Training, an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by neuroscientists to strengthen students’ working memory, has been updated by Pearson to make it more user-friendly, flexible and comprehensive for educators and clinicians.

11/18/2014

The largest county in Texas's board of education has chosen James Colbert, Jr. as its new school superintendent. Since 2011, Colbert has been superintendent of West Orange-Cove Consolidated ISD in Orange, Texas.

11/18/2014

Boston school officials funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to a nonprofit foundation, essentially creating a slush fund to pay for holiday parties, first-class plane tickets, and even moving expenses for a departing employee, according to an investigation by a city watchdog agency.

11/18/2014

A plan to put cameras on all North Carolina school buses as a way to catch people who pass buses with their stoparms extended was endorsed by a subcommittee of the Child Fatality Task Force.

11/18/2014

Indianapolis Public Schools has a shot at recovering some of its most struggling schools from state intervention. State officials are asking the district to pitch its plan for a “transformation zone” to initiate district-led turnaround supports for its lower-performing schools, instead of having outside companies step in.

11/18/2014

It is possible that the state's small school districts are very efficient, and can make the case that there are no great savings to be had with consolidation. But the state pays around 60 percent of K12 costs in North Carolina. In exchange for that, the legislature has a right to ask hard questions about consolidation.

11/18/2014

When schools aren’t forced to provide healthy food, they usually don’t, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. For the small percentage of kids who did attend schools that revamped nutrition before the federally mandated USDA guidelines in 2010, researchers saw positive trends for obesity rates, suggesting wider execution really could lead to better health for students.

11/18/2014

The Bethlehem Area School Board rejected a charter school's bid to open a second location in a closed Catholic school, citing concerns about the separation of church and state.

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