K12 Headlines

4/28/2015

4/28/2015

In most states, missing a lot of school means a trip to the principal's office. In Texas, truancy there is treated as a criminal offense, a class C misdemeanor. The problem is so big, state lawmakers and the U.S. Justice Department are investigating whether prosecuting children and teenagers in adult criminal courts is doing more harm than good.

4/28/2015

Minority girls in Massachusetts have fewer chances to play high school sports than white girls and fewer than boys of any race, according to a new national report. Heavily minority schools, on average, offer fewer than half as many spots on teams compared with heavily white schools and they give about 60 percent of those spots to boys.

4/28/2015

Dianna Chrisman, the principal at Logan County's Sterling High School, has been offered the superintendent position in Yuma School District-1.

4/28/2015

Since leaving a 25-year career in the United States Army in 2001, retiring Superintendent Rick Mills has spent the last 14 years serving in leadership positions in public education with Chicago Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools and Manatee County School District.

4/28/2015

The Georgia county's school board has chosen Chuck Gibson as the sole finalist for the superintendent’s job. Gibson, who has worked in the Jones County school system for 29 years, will replace retiring Superintendent William Mathews.

4/28/2015

Newsela launched Text Sets, a collaborative feature that organizes Newsela articles into collections that share a common theme, topic or standard. Text Sets allow educators to contribute and leverage collections of articles to and from a global community of educators.

4/28/2015

Students at the five high schools in the Carroll County school system will be subject to random drug testing starting next school year. The testing will be only for the students who participate in athletics, any type of extracurricular non-athletic program and those who drive and park on campus.

4/27/2015

4/27/2015

Icestorm Island is an expansion pack for JumpStart's School of Dragons with 50 educational adventures for players to uncover.

4/27/2015

More students are going to charter schools in North Carolina that are predominately white, a trend that raises concerns about resegregation of schools. Critics have also raised concerns that because the schools don't have to provide transportation or offer free and reduced-priced lunch, they can be inaccessible to poor families.

4/27/2015

The new community and platform from Skills.com is focused on developing and sharing practical skills. Members share skills that they have mastered by uploading short videos that can then be viewed by other community members who are seeking to enhance or acquire new skills.

4/27/2015

Acting Chicago schools boss Jesse Ruiz announced that the district was suspending payment to SUPES Academy on a $20.5 million no-bid contract at the center of a federal criminal probe.

4/27/2015

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired the Educational Technology and Services business of Scholastic Corporation for $575 million. The segment provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services, including Read 180 and Math 180.

4/27/2015

Within the next couple of months, the Texas Department of Agriculture could be poised to repeal a state policy that bans deep fat fryers and soda machines on school campuses and places limits on the time and place that junk food can be sold there.

4/27/2015

Every Alabama school system would be required to establish a policy to offer some level of virtual school for high school students by the 2016-17 academic year under a bill lawmakers passed.

4/27/2015

School districts throughout the state will have the ability to create charter schools under a new bill. It amends the current law, which allowed the creation of charter schools only in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

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