K12 Headlines

4/30/2015

4/30/2015

Although recent legislation will mandate that virtual classrooms would be available in every Alabama school system by the 2016-17 school year, Montgomery Public Schools will be getting a head start by launching a virtual high school pilot program this fall .

4/30/2015

The state's top court upheld the ability of school districts to use an alternative form of financing to build school additions that doesn’t require voter approval. It has implications for districts across the state that build additions or purchase equipment through lease-purchase arrangements instead of by issuing bonds.

4/30/2015

The costs for Steamboat Springs School District's four potential capital projects range from $54 million to $80 million for construction alone, and could exceed $100 million when other associated costs are added.

4/30/2015

A bill that would pause the state’s obligation to reimburse school construction debt payments will become law without Gov. Bill Walker’s signature. The governor said confusion surrounding the House’s failure to adopt the effective date clause and a retroactivity provision in the bill contributed to his decision not to sign the bill.

4/30/2015

Arts programs have long suffered cuts as schools adjust to meeting the growing demands of academic performance and standardized tests. Yet the Common Core standards mention the arts frequently. Students are expected to analyze paintings, music and theater and create their own works of art.

4/30/2015

The Developmental Reading Assessment - Second Edition PLUS (DRA2+) iPad app guides teachers through the formative reading assessment as they observe, record and evaluate changes in reading performances of students in grades K-8.

4/30/2015

Curriculum Foundry will integrate with Google Drive starting next school year. The integration allows districts using Google Apps for Education to share the lessons, units and courses they have created in Learning.com's digital content solution.

4/30/2015

SunGard K-12 Education has selected Parchment as its premier provider for the secure transmission of electronic academic credentials, including transcripts, for the nearly 1,400 public school districts and charter schools using SunGard K-12’s eSchoolPLUS student information system.

4/30/2015

The city is getting ready to cut its first checks to charter schools that are paying for their own space — an outlay that could stretch to nearly $10 million for this school year, based on charter school enrollment figures.

4/29/2015

4/29/2015

House and Senate Republican leaders are set to unveil a nearly $32 billion, two-year budget that includes modest increases in school funding, with more money for suburban schools and some charter schools but less spending on Indiana's urban schools.

4/29/2015

A decade after New York City shut down a large, struggling middle school in Brooklyn and replaced it with two smaller ones, the Education Department is putting those schools back together. The most important factor in whether other schools will be merged would not be their size, but whether one school has a principal capable of running both schools.

4/29/2015

With 500 teaching jobs to fill by the first day of school this fall, San Francisco’s superintendent has asked the school board to let him hire more Teach for America interns for hard-to-staff schools. But some board members are balking, saying students in those schools deserve experienced teachers.

4/29/2015

This year, 25 states require computer science courses for high school graduation, compared to only 11 states in 2013. Districts are teaching basic coding to students as early as kindergarten, embedding computer science principles into core curriculum, and mandating computer science courses for graduation.

4/29/2015

Six years after giving every third- through fifth-grader their own device to use for writing papers, research and online textbooks, one local Indiana school district is looking at spending another $120,000 to replace them. Officials also are changing how long students keep their iPads and working to get devices into more first- and second-grade classrooms.

4/29/2015

Sussex County legislators have put together a House Bill that would give Sussex Tech a tax rate increase – but only for two years. In addition, the bill requires Sussex Tech decrease its enrollment by about 300 over the next three years for the 2017-18 school year.

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