K12 Headlines

3/18/2013

3/18/2013

Since the educational community cannot or will not change, school choice is the only alternative which would give our citizens a chance to choose a school without a liberal agenda inside of the curriculum and which fulfills the desire for superior educational results.

3/18/2013

Detroit's students, and students in struggling schools statewide, deserve representatives that fight for them. We've all heard the facts that came to light once Michigan's worst schools had to open their doors -- single-digit proficiency rates in reading and math, and 38,000 pounds of trash crammed around desks and in the halls. These are the conditions far too many of Michigan's children face every day, and now there is an organized effort to lock them in for years to come.

3/18/2013

The Natchez-Adams (Miss.) School District will operate a magnet school beginning in the fall with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The Natchez Democrat reports that the school board voted this past week to locate the magnet school at the former Robert Lewis Middle School. The program will have 125 sixth-grade students.

3/18/2013

About 35 sixth-graders at DSST Stapleton learned some hard lessons about cheating last month. The students were caught worming their way into an online instant assessment program in science and English (called “mastery checks”) and changing answers so their teachers would believe they had mastered subjects.

3/18/2013

Nearly three years ago, San Francisco's Everett Middle School was labeled one of the worst schools not only in the state, but in the country. It was a run-down school with low test scores and teachers who didn't come back after summer break. Technology was sparse, as were books, and too few parents wanted to send their kids there. But with the lowest-of-the-low label came money. Lots of money.

3/18/2013

Framingham, Massachusetts' B.L.O.C.K.S. preschool program is in many ways the "front line" of education, says director Rosario Alvarez-O'Neil. "We're able to figure out what we need to do with each child," she said, giving those students a critical head start once they reach grade school. But up until now, the state's early childhood education infrastructure has been underfunded compared to the K12 system, preschool advocates say.

3/18/2013

At what Chairman Dave Allegretto called the group's "favorite" event of the year, the Ocean City (Md.) Education Foundation gave away $17,822 in educational grants on Friday. Awards covered all three Ocean City schools — ranging from a new dance floor for the dance fitness program in the high school's successful School Choice program to a new scoreboard for use in Intermediate School and community athletic events and classes to laptop computers for use by first-graders at the Primary School.

3/18/2013

School administrators at the Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Black Horse Pike Regional, Moorestown, Mount Laurel and Kingsway Regional districts cite rising salary costs, new curriculum standards and spikes in special education enrollment for a budget trend pushing tax levy caps to the maximum.

3/15/2013

3/15/2013

Stamford Public Schools is proud to announce that the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering (AITE) has been named a 2013 Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the National Association for Magnet and Theme-Based Schools.

3/15/2013

Since its implementation at Western Middle School in Louisville, KY, the observe4success platform has become an invaluable avenue for peer feedback, as well as an integral part of teacher growth.

3/15/2013

These new resources address a variety of topics important to educators today, including instructional leadership, formative assessment, and Common Core State Standards implementation.

3/15/2013

Franklin High School won the Community Choice Award with nearly 80,000 public online votes, MS 88/ Peter Rouget Middle School won the Samsung Employees Choice Award, and the other three winners were chosen by a panel of judges. Each of the five winning schools receive more than $100,000* in technology products such as smart boards, LED TVs, and laptops.

3/15/2013

Thousands of New York parents have emailed state and city education officials in recent weeks protesting this plan to share student data with private companies — yet no parent has gotten any response. The most sensitive confidential data is being shared, including children’s names, emails, phone numbers, and photos, which will be stored along with grades, test scores, health conditions, disabilities and detailed disciplinary records.

3/15/2013

The popular retired Plano superintendent Doug Otto has publicly endorsed a candidate for the first time in about three decades, and it is not a trustee he worked with on the school board.

3/15/2013

Enrollment in private schools has fallen during the past 10 years, both nationally and in Oregon, and the growth of charter schools seems to be one big cause, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

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