K12 Headlines

6/7/2013

6/7/2013

Raleigh Public school students take too many tests, Gov. Pat McCrory told education leaders Wednesday, and the state needs to figure out how to lighten the load. During a meeting with the State Board of Education, McCrory said he has instructed his new senior education adviser, Eric Guckian, to identify which tests are unnecessary and report back by the end of the summer.

6/7/2013

Across the country, the school year is drawing to a close. Students are taking tests and packing up their backpacks. They are counting down, as they always do, to the last day of class. Though no comparable countdown exists, what is also drawing to a close is the analog era of education.

6/7/2013

Dr. Ember Conley has been unanimously selected as its new superintendent beginning July 1, 2013. She is currently Deputy Superintendent of the Maricopa Unified School District in Maricopa, Arizona.

6/7/2013

Shawn Halbrook will take over as South Conway County School District superintendent in Morrilton, Ark., beginning July 1. He replaces Annette Henderson, who is leaving to become an assistant superintendent in the Fort Smith (Ark.) School District.

6/7/2013

Fifty-five Michigan districts, the largest number of deficit-ridden schools the state has seen, are spending more money than they’re taking in and are subject to state review.

6/7/2013

As the next superintendent of the Poughkeepsie City School District, Nicole Williams said she plans to lay the foundation to boosting student achievement by listening to and learning from students, parents, teachers, coaches and community members about their expectations and concerns.

6/7/2013

Many elementary students' math performance improves when their teachers collaborate, work in professional learning communities or do both, yet most students don't spend all of their elementary school years in these settings, a new study by UNC Charlotte researchers shows.

6/7/2013

An Oakland charter school that has high-achieving students but allegedly engaged in financial improprieties has gone to court to try to keep its doors open. The Oakland school board voted by a narrow 4-3 margin on March 20 to revoke the charter for the American Indian Model Schools, alleging that the school hasn't done enough to rectify financial irregularities that were found in a state audit last year.

6/7/2013

Birmingham's Cornerstone School announced Thursday that it has become the first elementary school in Birmingham to gain status as an International Baccalaureate World School primary school.

6/7/2013

Chicago Public Schools released budgets for individual schools to principals Wednesday and revealed a few more details on how it plans to close a budget gap of nearly $1 billion next year.
Principals for the first time will control the entire budget for their schools.

6/7/2013

What happens if you trade security guards for easels and music stands? Can a focus on arts education transform a school? For one school in Roxbury, Mass., the answer is, yes.

6/7/2013

Community colleges say their incoming students often aren't ready to take the courses that could prepare them for good jobs in technical fields. Meanwhile, many students can't see themselves heading to a four-year college after high school, and high schools know their diplomas are no longer enough to get graduates good jobs. Maybe if students, high schools, community colleges and technology companies worked together, they could get what they need.

6/7/2013

Imagine this: You are a 15 year-old standing in front of a school vending machine, getting ready to satisfy the snack craving you've had since first period. But lo and behold, instead of cookies and chips, every one of the slots behind the glass contains the same healthy stuff your mom and dad fill the cabinets with at home. That vision could soon be a nationwide reality, thanks to updated nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Now K-8 students around the country can build those skills by reading hundreds of engaging, high quality articles written by some of today’s top journalists through a new collaboration between ReadWorks, the free, proven, research-based Common Core-aligned program, and Narratively, a premium platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories.

6/6/2013

These annual awards honor students who have overcome significant challenges to build proficiency in reading and math, as well as teachers who go above and beyond on a daily basis to provide their students with every opportunity to improve their skills.

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