K12 Headlines

5/3/2013

5/3/2013

By David S. Martin, Ph.D., 5-2-13

We read increasing numbers of messages these days about second thoughts that various entities are having in regard to the Common Core Curriculum Standards. On the one hand, this statement of concerns is definitely troubling because for the real first time, the Common Core (for all of its shortcomings) is a bona fide attempt to coordinate American public education—an historic attempt; the resistance is partly due to short-sighted parochialism on the part of some states, wanting to “maintain” their own curriculum.

5/3/2013

The Sweetwater County School District 1 board of trustees on Wednesday selected a Colorado educator as the district's next superintendent. Mathew Neal, the director of innovation strategy and operations for Denver Public Schools, was chosen from a field of four candidates, according to a district media release.

5/3/2013

The current superintendent of the Saraland City School System will serve as the Alabaster school superintendent beginning on July 1. Dr. Wayne Vickers was chosen out of a pool of 16 candidates who applied for the position in March, and will replace current Interim Superintendent Dr. Phillip Hammonds.

5/3/2013

Dallas is facing “a moment of truth” over its public school system and must choose reform over stagnation, Mayor Mike Rawlings said Wednesday in a signal of his support for embattled Dallas school Superintendent Mike Miles. The mayor made it clear that he believes Miles must be given the latitude to implement changes intended to improve Dallas schools, even if the superintendent’s efforts frustrate some city leaders, particularly in the black community.

5/3/2013

Pinellas County Schools officials hope to shave about $6.5 million off their budget by retooling special education programs. Closing the K12 Hamilton Disston School in Gulfport and moving the students to other schools is expected to save $1.8 million, while other special education staffing changes are expected to save an additional $4.7 million.

5/3/2013

The Louisiana state Senate Education Committee rejected a move to repeal the state's Science Education Act on Wednesday, handing a defeat to opponents who have criticized the law for essentially allowing the teaching of creationism in science class.

5/3/2013

On Wednesday, Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, seemed happy to defer the spotlight to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as the pair chatted on stage at the NewSchools Summit in partnership with The Aspen Institute in Burlingame, Calif. Powell Jobs turned from interview subject to inquisitor as she quizzed Duncan on improving the nation’s education system.

5/3/2013

Project Frog built a school in a warehouse. Or at least, part of a school. The “componentized” building company — Frog management dislikes the terms “prefab” and “modular” — put up a life-size model of one classroom, a hall, and a couple other rooms in their warehouse on a San Francisco pier.

5/3/2013

Police officers showed up at Columbus high schools on Thursday morning and into the afternoon to seize records the state auditor is seeking in his investigation of the district’s handling of data.

5/2/2013

5/2/2013

Nautilus weaves leading-edge science, culture and philosophy into a single story told by the world's leading thinkers and writers.

5/2/2013

Through the US2020 initiative, these partner companies will join a White House led effort to dramatically scale high-quality STEM mentoring, targeting 20 percent or more of their STEM employees volunteering at least 20 hours a year.

5/2/2013

PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech and occupational therapy services for K-12 students, recently received $8 million in funding to continue the growth of its online therapy services, as well as to expand development into new products and offerings for the special education market.

5/2/2013

During the one-hour webinar, Dr. Peter Bittel, a leading special education management expert, and Dr. Nicholas Young, superintendent of South Hadley Public Schools in South Hadley, MA, will share their expertise and first-hand experience with leading successful special education programs.

5/2/2013

To prepare for a projected 18 percent enrollment growth by 2020, the Sequoia Union High School District will explore expanding campuses and changing attendance boundaries.

5/2/2013

We do everything possible to encourage college attendance. In the 2011-12 academic year, for example, one program alone—the federal Pell Grant program, intended to help low- and moderate-income students finance college—cost taxpayers $34.5 billion, about half the entire U.S. Department of Education budget.

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