K12 Headlines

12/17/2014

12/17/2014

Technology has the potential to make good instruction better, but it can quickly make bad instruction even worse. Instruction begins and ends with the teacher. A successful school technology program isn't about technology, it's about teaching.

12/17/2014

Kickboard added the Parent Student Portal to its instructional management solution. The portal provides real-time updates about students' success in school using a computer or mobile device to parents and students.

12/17/2014

The Alaska district's board approved two resolutions that aimed at helping charter schools in their challenges acquiring facilities. The Charter School Facility Fund would create a pool of money — drawn from the district’s unassigned fund balance  that charter schools could dip into to help cover building costs.

12/17/2014

Alcohol and cigarette use among middle school and high school students is the lowest it's been since at least 1975, while marijuana use and the use of other illicit drugs have also decreased from 2013 to 2014, according to a University of Michigan study.

12/17/2014

Sen. Kirk Watson, a senior state senator who wants to force a legislative conversation on school finance, filed a spate of bills that would funnel millions more state dollars to public education.

12/17/2014

The New York State Board of Regents approved an amended regulation that will allow students to enroll in schools regardless of immigration status. The board adopted a revised regulation that brings more clarity and uniformity to the registration processes of schools across the state.

12/17/2014

Figures released by the Georgia Department of Education shows that schools across the state suffered drops in performance. The statewide score for the College and Career Ready Performance Index dropped from 2012-13’s 75.8 to 72 in the 2013-14 school year. The average score for elementary schools dipped from 77.8 to 72.6 and from 74.6 to 73.2 for middle schools.

12/17/2014

The city’s charter-school oversight came under harsh scrutiny after it submitted school renewal recommendations that state education officials said were too lenient. New York City officials had recommended allowing seven of its charter schools to stay open. The city’s own reports showed that five of the seven have been out of compliance with federal disciplinary laws.

12/17/2014

So many in the ranks of the fire and police departments across Minneapolis' metro area are retiring that it is causing concern. Those retirements are part of the reason why the fire department launched a first-of-its-kind program, recruiting inner-city teens with a class specifically for seniors. It starts in a classroom at Roosevelt High School.

12/17/2014

LearnToMod, software that allows users to learn programming inside of the computer game Minecraft, has been launched. The software allows students to learn the fundamental concepts of programming while they add new features (called “mods”) to Minecraft.

12/17/2014

Bald Eagle Area School District received a $244,847 grant through the state Department of Education that is going toward tech-based products to improve the district’s STEM program, including a language arts component as part of the district’s Reading Wonders program.

12/17/2014

Cheviot School has received computers and technology tools over the past year, but expertise on how to bring them into the classroom did not accompany the resources. A local business has teamed up with the school by sponsoring a monthly “Tech Cafe” for teachers in the school’s computer lab.

12/17/2014

The $30 million campaign to promote computer science education, financed by the tech industry, has been a success. So many students opened up a free coding tutorial that the host website crashed. But the campaign has also stirred unease about the growing influence of corporations in public schools and the motives of tech companies.

12/16/2014

12/16/2014

Nassau County legislators are putting the brakes on school zone speed cameras after only a few months. The program has been under fire for the way it was implemented with no speed signs, flashing lights or other warnings installed where the cameras were. Problems were also found with cameras installed at six school locations.

12/16/2014

Utah’s public schools were hit with two performance reports with the new PACE report card and the SAGE school grading system. This year’s results largely mirror last year's grade distribution. Education officials and lawmakers agreed to mitigate the effects of the new SAGE test, which is more difficult and resulted in most students falling short of grade-level expectations.

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