K12 Headlines

5/26/2015

5/26/2015

The best educational systems in the world set high standards for students and then let teachers decide how to get there. Teachers are given time to collaborate and design curriculum to fit their students. Standardized tests are given sparingly and used for the purpose they were intended, to help the student.

5/26/2015

Hundreds of Newark students walked out of classes to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system. Superintendent Cami Anderson's plan calls for some schools to be consolidated or shut, charter schools expanded and some students shifted to schools far from home.

5/26/2015

Michigan's Lakewood Board of Education voted to hire Alto Elementary School Principal Randy Fleenor as the district's new superintendent. Current Superintendent Michael O'Mara is retiring.

5/26/2015

The Isle of Wight School Board voted to hire James Thornton, currently the head of a rural Virginia school district, as the new Isle of Wight County Schools superintendent. He will replace current Superintendent Katrise Perera.

5/26/2015

Virginia's Fairfax County Public School Board adopted a $2.6 billion budget for the next school year, which is an increase of $53.9 million. It will also allow for small pay increases of 0.62 percent for all employees.

5/26/2015

The Alabama superintendent is leaving his current position to return to his previous role as principal of Rockwell Elementary School.

5/26/2015

Albuquerque Public Schools' school board voted to hold back the $1.4 million reimbursement they owed the state education department for this spring's PARCC testing costs after audience members at the meeting voiced opposition to PARCC and the new teacher assessments that are partially based on them.

5/22/2015

5/22/2015

The $6.1 million spent campaigning for three seats on the LAUSD's school board ended in a wash. Both the teachers union and its adversary, groups advocating for charter schools, were successful in their efforts to elect challengers, while losing incumbents they had hoped to re-elect.

5/22/2015

As a new feature in its K12 web-based personalized learning application, Dynamic Schedule gives students more choice while reducing the amount of time teachers spend scheduling flexible environments.

5/22/2015

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launched a new online Developer Portal, in which education technology developers, designers and educators can leverage newly-exposed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt APIs to create learning applications. To mark the launch, the company will host Curious Codefest, a 24-hour developer challenge.

5/22/2015

The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. Charter-school advocates say the rejection of all the applicants was due to pro-teacher-union politics.

5/22/2015

The state Senate today passed a bill to reallocate proceeds from the county's 1-cent sales tax for road repairs, additional school funding and economic development in Jefferson County. Up to $18 million from a new sales tax fund will be allocated to public schools in the county based on attendance.

5/22/2015

This year, the legislative majority has continuously chosen to focus on strict adherence to a budget concept that leaves Alaska's schools underfunded and lacking any security going forward. Two-thirds of recently polled Alaskans want the Legislature to stop playing the legislative games each year with education funding.

5/22/2015

District leaders are holding public meetings to discuss allocating funds using student-based budgeting (SBB). One advantage is that students with the same type of needs would get the same amount of funding, no matter which school they attend. SBB budgeting can give building principals more flexibility to tailor resources to fit their schools.

5/22/2015

Nell K. Duke and Scholastic debuted Information in Action, a new professional development tool that guides teachers to use project-based instruction to help students become better readers and writers of informational text.

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