K12 Headlines

7/25/2014

7/25/2014

Miami-Dade County School Board members gave preliminary approval to a $2.9 billion general fund budget and slightly lower tax rate. Included in the budget is funding for new initiatives, such as providing digital textbooks and mobile tablets for students.

7/25/2014

New school data released this week is intended to give the public a new look at how Georgia schools are performing. Designed to show how much students at each school learn in a year, regardless of whether they passed state tests, it’s part of a shift away from grading schools almost entirely on pass/fail rates on tests.

7/25/2014

A Commonwealth Court ruling could pave the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students. Current state law allows charter schools in Philadelphia to operate at multiple locations, but it limits all other charter schools to single locations.

7/25/2014

The Sterling Board of Education chose Brenda Needham as its new superintendent. Needham is currently the superintendent at the Rivendell Interstate School District in New Hampshire.

7/24/2014

7/24/2014

Tynker has expanded its Tynker platform to enable kids to use the Tynker app on iPad and Android tablets to build customized apps, including games, animations and interactive stories and puzzles.

7/24/2014

There is a lot of money tied up in educational technology. It seems that a lot of faith is being placed in the technology that will soon arrive in K12 and college classrooms and on campuses - but what is actually being created?

7/24/2014

Pittsburgh Public Schools board has unanimously rejected expansion plans by the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park that would have cost the district as much as $11 million a year and approved changes proposed by two other charter schools.

7/24/2014

The Illinois city's $5.8 billion operating budget and $1 billion in spending on capital projects and debt payments has been approved. The budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year has been criticized for making cuts to neighborhood schools, increasing spending for privately run charters, and adding two months to the fiscal year to to help cover an $862 million shortfall.

7/24/2014

CTL announced their new CTL 2go PC NL5 Rugged 2-in-1 Windows Tablet. Based on an Intel reference design, the 2go PC NL5 is a Windows 8.1 tablet offering laptop capabilities with the option of a snap-on keyboard.

7/24/2014

Federal officials are investigating claims that the New Jersey city's school reorganization plan discriminates against its African-American students. The controversial plan consolidates and relocates one-quarter of the schools in the state-run district.

7/24/2014

The Katy ISD will consider a massive bond package to resolve the rapid growth in the area. A 200-member bond committee will recommend to the board of trustees for the school district to consider a $750 million bond, with 48 percent of that money going toward building new schools in the district.

7/24/2014

A bill that would give more school districts the option of collecting a 1-cent sales tax for construction projects would offer some needed flexibility to the districts. Under current law, the county where a school district operates must raise $7 million or more in accommodations taxes before it can ask voters to approve the sales tax for education.

7/24/2014

Six years after approving $355 million worth of construction bond measures, voters in the Torrance USD in November will be asked to green light two more for nearly $200 million. The new initiatives would include an aquatic center, high school theater auditoriums, gymnasiums and science labs, among other things.

7/24/2014

Thirty three Central Florida elementary schools must provide an extra hour of daily reading instruction for the 2014-15 school year. The schools landed on the state's list of lowest-performing elementary schools because so many of their students did poorly on Florida's reading tests this spring.

7/24/2014

Officials have determined that most students at 35 of Des Moines' schools and three preschools are poor enough to qualify for the free breakfast and lunch service. They'll no longer be required to apply for it. District leaders said they should save about $75,000 per year in administrative costs.

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