K12 Headlines

6/24/2015

6/24/2015

The closure of the Halau Lokahi charter school could lead to legislative changes, and is proving to be a learning moment for the state's 3-year-old Charter School Commission. Unlike most states, charters in Hawaii are state agencies. That means the state may be responsible for debts if a school closes.

6/24/2015

Ruth Asawa High School is one the first high schools in the country to offer an LGBT studies course. The course will cover terminology, and the broad history of LGBT issues. The curriculum stretches back to ancient times.

6/24/2015

Four months after the Department of Education renewed the contract of Cami Anderson, the superintendent of the troubled state-controlled New Jersey school district is stepping down. After 21 years in state control, the question remains whether Newark Public Schools should be returned to local leadership.

6/24/2015

Twenty-two school districts in the St. Louis region will offer support to the struggling Riverview Gardens and Normandy school systems by reducing tuition payments they collect to educate the two unaccredited district's transfer students.

6/24/2015

Asian Lunar New Year will become an official public school holiday. This is a reversal from just a few months ago when Mayor Bill de Blasio's office had said it would not be added to next year's calendar due to concerns over being able to fulfill the number of state mandated days of instruction. Roughly one in eight New York City residents is Asian.

6/24/2015

An experiment tying teacher pay, in part, to student performance has been dropped by the Regional School Unit 40 district. The difficulty in getting a contract last time, as well as continued opposition from teachers, played a part in the decision to not include the incentive program in the new contract.

6/24/2015

A new report on Chicago Public Schools system says that the long-term outlook is bleak, but the short-term is even worse. Even with huge tax increases, more state aid, increased state funding of teacher pensions, salary and benefit concessions from teachers and more, CPS would still face an annual $350 million shortfall over the next several years.

6/24/2015

Raising the cap is unnecessary. New York's charter schools already are not handling their assigned share of students. Charters also receive funding when school starts for a certain number of students yet many actually end up teaching fewer than they are budgeted for. In addition, we need to have more transparency to audit charter schools to avoid fraud.

6/24/2015

The IT industry trade association has launched Skillsboost, a new, free resource on IT careers for students, parents and educators. It includes the latest information on careers within the IT industry with interactive infographics, a video series to "test drive" technology jobs and more.

6/24/2015

To reduce many of the challenges that accompany student population growth, Cotati-Rohnert Park USD has chosen GuideK12's web-based analytics software to enable administrators to visualize student data on an interactive map.

6/24/2015

The state’s sixth largest district, Grand Island Public Schools, has adopted ClassLink’s single sign-on solution districtwide to help students manage multiple logins.

6/24/2015

Texas can finally say goodbye to its failed experiment with criminal prosecution of truants. Measures that help schools crack down on habitual truancy should be supported, but putting children through a criminal trial system leading to fines and potential jail sentences was overkill.

6/23/2015

6/23/2015

Lack of access to summer learning is part of a year-round cycle that contributes to the achievement gap. We need to expand learning time for low-income kids by accepting that different models can successfully do so, that funding for must be sustainable and targeted and that the programs be held accountable for results.

6/23/2015

As part of Cincinnati Public Schools' AP Blended Learning program, Kajeet will provide the school system with its education broadband solution to ensure the students are accessing safe, filtered broadband for educational purposes using their Wi-Fi hotspots.

6/23/2015

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is calling for a statewide study looking at school district consolidation. The resolution will direct the state to look at ways school districts could merge or consolidate and the potential cost savings.

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