K12 Headlines

3/15/2013

3/15/2013

Thousands of New York parents have emailed state and city education officials in recent weeks protesting this plan to share student data with private companies — yet no parent has gotten any response. The most sensitive confidential data is being shared, including children’s names, emails, phone numbers, and photos, which will be stored along with grades, test scores, health conditions, disabilities and detailed disciplinary records.

3/15/2013

The popular retired Plano superintendent Doug Otto has publicly endorsed a candidate for the first time in about three decades, and it is not a trustee he worked with on the school board.

3/15/2013

Enrollment in private schools has fallen during the past 10 years, both nationally and in Oregon, and the growth of charter schools seems to be one big cause, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

3/15/2013

The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s trustees on Thursday committed to selling the 88,000-square-foot Ohio Deaf School campus at 400 E. Town St. next to the system’s main branch to the Cristo Rey Columbus High School just a couple of weeks after buying the 114-year-old property and adjacent land for $2.16 million.

3/15/2013

The Boston School Committee, in a momentous vote Wednesday, scrapped a school assignment plan developed under court-ordered desegregation almost a quarter-century ago and embraced a new system that seeks to allow more students to attend schools closer to home.

3/15/2013

Carpenter is believed to be among the first L.A. Unified schools to launch such a wide-scale crackdown on out-of-district citizens. Across Los Angeles, families scramble to secure housing within the boundaries of high-performing schools. And it is no secret that some game the system by using the addresses of relatives who live near sought-after campuses or doctoring documents like utility bills and rental agreements.

3/15/2013

Billionaire Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker resigned from the Chicago Board of Education effective yesterday, according to a letter she sent to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Pritzker is currently being vetted as a candidate for U.S. Commerce Secretary. An appointment to the federal post would require her to step down from other governmental roles.

3/15/2013

Now that P.S. 64 Pura Belpre school in Mount Eden is set to phase out in three years, parents are concerned that children in the school are condemned. The kindergarten through fifth grade school is beset with feckless teachers, bullying, large classes and a lack of textbooks and homework, parents charged.

3/15/2013

“This business," says John Demby, the principal of Delaware's Sussex Tech high school, “has changed dramatically in a very short period.” Like all principals in the state, he is evaluating teachers under a new system for the first time, adopting the Common Core, launching a college credit curriculum for high schoolers, and overhauling vocational training to better serve local businesses and students.

3/15/2013

Education technology consultant Karen Fasimpaur sounds like a revolutionary when she gets fired up talking about the potential of open educational resources, the textbooks and other educational tools made available as free downloads or interactive Web experiences.

3/15/2013

McGraw-Hill Education, the digital learning company acquired by Apollo Global Management LLC, may price its $1 billion offering of eight-year, senior secured notes as soon as Friday. The sale, which was initially marketed at $1.05 billion, may yield between 9.75 percent and 10 percent, according to a person with knowledge of the offering.

3/15/2013

Alabama's Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a sweeping education bill that gives tax credits to parents who want to transfer their children from a failing public school to another public or private school. The bill became law one day after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against it was premature.

3/14/2013

3/14/2013

A regional president of Woodruff Construction told the Ames Community School Board Monday that he hoped to start the Miller Avenue school project with a clean slate.

3/14/2013

State school officials say they will begin construction on a dozen new schools this year, after virtually no building in the three years since Gov. Christie took office.

3/14/2013

A growing number of children in Lafayette Parish are receiving some kind of education before they enter kindergarten, and new efforts by the school system and other entities are designed to make sure all children are prepared to learn before age 5.

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