K12 Headlines

9/10/2014

9/10/2014

If the choice is between (a) having innovation clusters like Silicon Valley and middle-of-the-pack test scores or (b) having top-of-the-pack test scores and a second-rate innovation economy, the choice is clear. Let's focus on all the intangibles of innovation companies started, apps created, and most importantly, dreams fulfilled for judging the future success of our nation's STEM programs for kids.

9/10/2014

Palm Beach County approved a $20 million financing deal for a new charter school, despite some commissioners' concerns that charter school companies siphon money away from other public schools.

9/10/2014

Several Philadelphia parents and the Parents United for Public Education group are suing over the conditions of Philadelphia’s public schools. The allegations include overcrowded classrooms, the lack of classes such as art, music, foreign language and physical education and cancelled programs for the mentally gifted.

9/10/2014

Gov. Jay Nixon has blocked the bill that the Missouri Legislature passed earlier this year to arm some teachers in schools, but it may become law anyway. Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green called for Missouri lawmakers to uphold Nixon's veto when they meet for the fall veto session.

9/10/2014

Kaspersky Lab announced its partnership with LifeJourney, an online experience that empowers students to test-drive future career opportunities in STEM. Under the partnership, Kaspersky Lab will sponsor a total of 120 schools.

9/10/2014

zSpace, Inc. has signed deals with five new districts for its zSpace 200 immersive learning software. The districts include Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District and Rochester City School District in New York, Ross School District in California, Houston Independent School District in Texas and Woodside Elementary School District in California.

9/10/2014

Students and educators say technology is driving cheating to a new level. There are consequences to the easy access to information: It's eroded students' understanding of how to use technology responsibly. But as rule-breaking becomes more prevalent, teachers also are developing their own arsenal of tools to combat would-be cheaters.

9/10/2014

An Indiana high school was chosen to be the first in the country to get a revolutionary security system to thwart school shootings. The multi-tiered system includes a key fob worn by teachers to activate the security system and immediately notify law enforcement. There are also hardened classroom doors, and surveillance cameras and sensors to track an attacker moving through the building.

9/10/2014

In a regional effort to prepare California students for high-tech jobs, the LA HI-TECH Consortium was launched. The consortium will use a $15 million grant to strengthen strategic partnerships and career pathway links across five K12 systems, three community college districts, and a host of industry and community partners as future employers.

9/10/2014

Mobile device management is now a central part of classroom supervision as teachers compete with laptops, tablets and phones for students’ attention. The ability to freeze a device’s screen, block inappropriate apps or lock students into particular educational content can help teachers transition smoothly to online testing, 1-to-1 and BYOD.

9/10/2014

With Los Angeles USD’s huge iPad purchase suspended, Superintendent John Deasy has alternated between describing the slowdown as a chance to regroup and denouncing those he accuses of politicizing the process.

9/10/2014

The standard school lunch for an American child often contains dishes brimming with preservatives and sodium. But for students in France, lunch menus are prepared two months in advance with a nutritionist while cooks prepare the school meals by hand. Another big contribution to French students' healthy disposition is more daily recess.

9/10/2014

A majority of parents said they support government school nutrition standards in place, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. The study found 72 percent of parents of school-age children supported strong school nutrition standards while 75 percent think salt should be limited.

9/10/2014

Poplar Bluff Public Schools and Discovery Education expanded their partnership to bring Discovery Education’s digital social studies and science textbooks to the district's junior and high school classrooms.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a charter school case that centers on the powers that the School Reform Commission has to manage charter school growth in Philadelphia's financially distressed district.

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