K12 Headlines

7/22/2014

7/22/2014

The 5,000 employees of Leon County's school district, one of the larger employers in North Florida, will now have their first wellness center on Lively Technical School's campus. Funds for the building and equipment came from the stored Florida Blue dollars in order to save taxpayer money.

7/22/2014

Pennsylvania's state leaders must do more to provide transparency and assurance that basic education funding will support every community's schools well and through a fair, predictable basic education funding formula.

7/22/2014

A new eight-title series, Close-Up on Amazing Animals, will be released in fall 2014 by Rourke Educational Media. Students will explore the unique adaptations and relationships that help animals survive in the wild.

7/22/2014

Chad Allaman, currently the District 51 superintendent, will begin as District 50's superintendent about a month later than planned. August 1 is the final day in District 50 for departing Superintendent Patrick Martin.

7/22/2014

Billy Haun is leaving his position as assistant superintendent for student learning at Albemarle County Public Schools for a post as the state’s chief academic officer. He will manage the state education department’s instruction division for pre-K through 12 and programs that emphasize college and career readiness.

7/22/2014

Tests have a bad reputation in education circles these days. But the truth is that, used properly, testing as part of an educational routine provides an important tool not just to measure learning, but to promote it.

7/22/2014

Community Consolidated School District 181 has imported another superintendent from the Troy Community Consolidated School District. Former Troy Director of Operations Ken Surma has accepted a position at District 181 as its assistant superintendent of information services and operations. He will rejoin District 181's Superintendent Don White, who was the Troy superintendent until resigning in May.

7/22/2014

Six months since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper — the president’s effort to address the state of young minority men — Obama announced new partnerships with public and private groups to the tune of about $104 million, including many high school outreach programs.

7/22/2014

A newly signed law in California will prohibit football teams at middle and high schools from holding full-contact practices that exceed 90 minutes a day, limit the number of full-contact practices during the season to two per week and prohibit contact practices during the off-season. The restrictions, which take effect January 1, 2015, are designed to help reduce concussions and other serious brain injuries.

7/22/2014

Washington state won’t get a pass this summer on telling parents that their kids attend failing schools, the federal government says. The U.S. Department of Education has denied Washington’s request to be exempted from that particular requirement of the federal No Child Left Behind Act since the state lost its waiver from the federal law.

7/22/2014

STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center launched two new programs for children who would benefit from therapeutic activities geared to improve social cognition and awareness.

7/21/2014

7/21/2014

Fanning the firestorm over Common Core State Standards is the fear that by adopting common standards, states are signing onto a national curriculum and thus undermining the decisions of local school boards and educators. Standards remain constant, but curriculum can be altered locally year to year or classroom to classroom to ensure students are meeting the learning goals.

7/21/2014

Back-to-school shopping is no longer a frenzied one-day spending spree. Families are spending more, but they are doing so over a longer period of time as they search for the best deals. Families are expected to spend $670 on average on back-to-school shopping, up 5 percent from last year.

7/21/2014

Four years ago, when 44 states had adopted the K12 curriculum standards, the whole thing seemed quiet and inevitable. Today, resistance is everywhere. Pioneer Institute has a national profile as the brains of the Common Core opposition. The institute might well succeed in its effort to knock out the Common Core. But if that happens, what comes next for education?

7/21/2014

High school graduates have nearly three months of transition before starting college. During those months they are neither high school nor college students, a loss of direction that keeps some from showing up on the first day of college classes.

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