K12 Headlines

10/17/2014

10/17/2014

While the number of children medicated for ADHD continues to rise, a new study shows that the number of kids who actually take such medication varies by season. According to American Sociological Review's research, middle and high school students are 30 percent more likely to have a prescription filled for stimulant medication during the school year than they are during the summer.

10/17/2014

AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. launched ExtremeCap 910, a portable lecture recorder that can be used for meetings and educational purposes. ExtremeCap 910 can record audio and HD video content up to 1080p via HDMI or VGA input.

10/17/2014

Here’s a chance to make a change that really is in the best interests of the majority of students, who should not go to class in sad shape so a relatively few of their classmates can pursue athletics when it is convenient for them. A bill directing the education establishment to fix the start time rather than create more studies and reports to gather dust should be written.

10/16/2014

10/16/2014

A new collection of six web forms for its BusinessPLUS financial and human resources management software is being released by SunGard K-12 Education. The BusinessPLUS Web Form Productivity Pack is designed to help boost efficiency of a school district’s business operations and support employees with managing travel, expenses and vacation time.

10/16/2014

SPARK and ICAN Foundation will work together to help Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi schools and community centers raise funds or apply for and win grants in order to implement SPARK’s physical education curricula or after-school program.

10/16/2014

Police and school leaders signed a memorandum of understanding that governs the relationship of the schools with the Providence Police Student Resources officers and gives principals the final say over school discipline.

10/16/2014

Washington has thrown out the math and reading test scores for Beacon Hill Elementary — a first in the state’s history of high-stakes testing — after finding many answers to multiple-choice questions changed from wrong to right.

10/16/2014

Indiana schools will not receive their "A-F" school grades for at least another three weeks. The State Board of Education voted to delay their release because of problems with how International Baccalaureate scores were recorded for a small number of schools.

10/16/2014

The Maine Charter School Commission voted to move the Maine Virtual Academy one step closer to opening in Maine with a more in-depth review of its application. It would be the second virtual charter school in Maine. Maine Connections Academy opened this fall.

10/16/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School will hold a lottery this week to cut its student enrollment nearly in half. The action came the same day that the Philadelphia School District opened proceedings to revoke the school's charter. The K12 charter has been operating with 1,290 students on its campuses though it is not allowed to enroll more than 675 students.

10/16/2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to take up a lawsuit that says Alabama's caps on property taxes are racially discriminatory may appear to give state leaders a reprieve on rapid reforms to ensure public schools in impoverished areas are adequately funded. But they better not wait long or they could risk facing civil rights complaints and federal monitoring under new guidelines aimed at ridding schools of racial inequities.

10/16/2014

Equity, fairness and transparency — these are things Illinoisans have lamented about the state’s method of funding schools for decades. However, few have been willing to do the heavy lifting that comes with proposing an overhaul. Let’s have a fair, thoughtful, rhetoric-free debate about the new school funding reform bill.

10/16/2014

The Lakeland Board of Commissioners moved toward financing new school construction for what would be called Lakeland Prep. The board signaled its intent to raise the city’s property tax rate to finance construction of the new combined middle and high school for the Lakeland school system.

10/16/2014

Our policymakers' obsession with test scores is unhealthy and counter-productive. We should stop obsessing about test scores and start obsessing about the health and well-being of children and their families. The gains would be far more valuable than a few points on a standardized test.

10/16/2014

Cleveland's school district has put Issue 4, a 37-year, $200 million bond issue and 0.5-mill continuing levy for maintenance, on the ballot this November. The maintenance levy will raise $25 million a year. The bond will help the district replace about 20 additional schools, improve 20 to 23 other schools and maintain facilities.

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