K12 Headlines

11/19/2012

11/19/2012

On Tuesdays at Centennial Elementary School in Firestone, Colorado a MESA (which means she has to figure out how to teach Math, Engineering and Science all at once) educator named Sarah Bloms teaches fourth and fifth graders various basic aspects of physical computing, which is not your standard elementary school material.

11/19/2012

The nation's capital -- once one of America's most violent urban centers -- now ranks only 16th in the annual Forbes ranking of dangerous U.S. cities. The District has gone from 2,452 violent crimes per 100,000 people to just 1,130. The District had almost 500 homicides in 1991, but the total for this year is projected to be about 100.

11/19/2012

The program is the first of a host of potential planned partnerships, and it's being trumpeted as a big win for the school district and local manufacturers.

11/16/2012

11/16/2012

SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the upcoming release of the world's first fully-integrated touch-enabled interactive projector.

11/16/2012

The Reading Assistant™ program from Scientific Learning Corp. (OTCQB:SCIL) was named a winner in the 30th annual Awards of Excellence by Tech & Learning magazine.

11/16/2012

The first of two D.C. Council hearings on a plan to close 20 public schools schools started Thursday, while opposition to School Chancellor Kaya Henderson's proposal has started emerging from various quarters.

11/16/2012

Clayton and Fayette counties recently lost their school chiefs within a month of each other. Both outgoing superintendents met contentious ends to their tenures, and both were recently passed over for other jobs. Fayette Superintendent Jeff Bearden lost out on a similar job in Floyd County, and Clayton Superintendent Edmond Heatley made an unsuccessful bid for school chief of the Berkeley Unified District in California.

11/16/2012

On Oct. 24, physical education teacher Kathy Hibbard held a kickoff meeting at Shaker Lane School (Littleton, Mass.) to introduce students and staff to the "Fuel Up to Play 60" program. Sponsored by the NFL and the National Dairy Council and inspired by a number of recent studies connecting good nutrition and exercise with improved academic performance, the program encourages children to make healthy eating choices and to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

11/16/2012

Two small school districts in western Indiana are working to carry out a merger plan after it won approval from voters in this month’s election.

11/16/2012

Texas' new education commissioner Michael Williams said Thursday that he is considering a new system for rating school success and he thinks it should take into account how well districts are closing the achievement gap between Anglo and minority students.

11/16/2012

A national report released this week shows charter school enrollment continues to grow in Detroit, Michigan and across the nation. The seventh annual report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools shows that Detroit now ranks No. 2 nationally when it comes to the percentage of students enrolled in charter schools.

11/16/2012

Atlanta Public Schools (APS), serving more than 51,000 students in the greater Atlanta, Ga., metro area, has become the latest school system to select digital solutions from ASCD to meet their district-wide professional development goals.

11/16/2012

The West Virginia Board of Education voted to terminate State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple during a routine board meeting in a 5-2 vote.

11/16/2012

A Utah parent has sued her school district in federal court challenging the constitutionality of restrictions imposed on student access to a library book about a lesbian couple raising a family.

11/16/2012

Absence of parental or educational support and becoming a parent are the two top reasons cited by respondents for dropping out of high school, according to the 2012 High School Dropouts in America survey of 513 adults aged 19 to 35.

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