K12 Headlines

9/9/2014

9/9/2014

With no available funding for new construction, decisions need to be made to ease crowding for more than 300,000 students in Clark County School District in the coming years. Allowing students to alternate days between going to school and staying home for online classes, year-round campuses and double sessions are three options that should be considered.

9/9/2014

WeSpeke, Inc. launched its Language Practice Goes Global! initiative to connect learners with native speakers in its global community to practice languages, share cultures and explore interests. Language partners can chat using text, audio, or video and create global “friends” list. The WeSpeke global community currently includes users representing 160 countries and 103 languages.

9/9/2014

For years, Washington state has collected data on students from prekindergarten through college along with workforce statistics. Until now, Washington and other states frequently hit roadblocks when they tried to track their students who moved out of state. Washington – along with Idaho, Oregon and Hawaii – recently participated in a pilot project to share data on student outcomes.

9/9/2014

Los Angeles announced a pilot program that seeks to clean up neighborhoods around several middle schools. In addition to environmental polluters, the effort will also ramp up checks on parolees living close to campuses, seek out businesses that sell tobacco to kids, train a volunteer force of parents to watch over students walking to school, and seek to return truants to classrooms.

9/9/2014

In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school. On the rare occasions when a child has died at school from an acute allergy attack or asthma attack, the children usually did not have a health management plan, or a so-called 504 Plan, a new study shows.

9/9/2014

Despite significant cuts to school funding, the amount of money spent on each Wisconsin public school student largely matched spending levels across the country between 2008 and 2012, according to a study released by Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The drop by 6 percent in per-pupil spending came at a time when 19 other states were seeing similar decreases.

9/9/2014

Two years into her position, Freeport Schools Superintendent Roberta Selleck has submitted a letter of resignation to the school board.

9/9/2014

Kansas City announced a new program aimed at getting students to go to school. Volunteers will work through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program to mentor children from kindergarten through third grade in 10 elementary schools in those three area districts.

9/9/2014

In Massachusetts, Salem School Superintendent Steve Russell announced that he won't seek to extend his contract with the district due to the repercussions from philosophical differences between the town's mayor and some school committee members. Russell was first hired in 2011.

9/9/2014

More neuroscientists, psychologists, educators and others are finding that the arts help nurture the right hemisphere of the brain. While not everyone sees the arts as the answer to America's economic prosperity, evidence is mounting in favor of blurring the lines between art and science, and developing more real world interdisciplinary courses.

9/9/2014

Fed up with the tension over homework, some schools are opting out altogether. No-homework policies are popping up in several schools in the U.S., where the shift to the Common Core curriculum is prompting educators to rethink how students spend their time.

9/9/2014

Syntonic launched a nationwide connected education services for K-12 students. The new Syntonic On-Ramp Education Services integrates district and school managed educational content, nationwide AT&T 4G connectivity, and mobile devices to provide students with equal access to online educational resources and learning tools.

9/9/2014

The Council of the Great City Schools and CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) have signed an agreement to give CoSN members access to a collection of information technology key performance indicators in the ActPoint KPI Performance Management System.

9/8/2014

9/8/2014

Our nation faces a writing crisis. Instilling foundational writing skills requires intentional focus in the classroom. Giving young students a solid foundation, intervening with older students who struggle, and sharing responsibility for writing across the entire education community can help turn our writing crisis into a writing revolution.

9/8/2014

A week into the school year, Maine’s first virtual charter school has enrolled close to 300 students. In response, some school districts have explored creating virtual programs to keep students from leaving their brick-and-mortar schools for the virtual charter and taking state and local funds with them.

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