K12 Headlines

6/26/2015

6/26/2015

What should we do about streets, schools and public buildings named after Confederates? It is important to eliminate hurtful images that glorify or legitimize the Confederacy's disgraceful values. But to what extent should we preserve symbols of the Confederacy for their educational value as reminders of that dark period in our nation's past?

6/26/2015

Instead of implementing experiments with no documentation of positive impact, let's use proven practices that actually have a history of working in the classroom: smaller class sizes, increased time for instruction in the classroom, and additional support services for children who are growing up in difficult circumstances.

6/26/2015

We can't put every kid through multi-year personalized health coaching, but we can let him or her do something they inherently want to do anyways — stand up and move. Standing desks can help students burn 15 to 25 percent more calories a day and can increase cognition and concentration.

6/26/2015

North Carolina’s Senate and House leaders have asked the state’s highest court to release public money for private school vouchers for the coming school year while uncertainty remains about the constitutionality of the program.

6/26/2015

After hearing oral arguments this week about bullying students at school, a Somerset County Superior Court judge will decide in a few weeks whether it is the school's fault or if bullies' families share in the blame and the legal liability.

6/26/2015

A record number of teachers in the Mehlville School District have turned in their resignations with the number growing to 55 this year - nearly three times of a normal year. In addition to recent budget cuts, the district hasn’t passed a tax levy increase for operations since 1986.

6/26/2015

Napa Valley USD is operating this summer for the first time a math program for incoming freshmen called the Summer College Readiness Academy. Sponsored by UC Davis and the Migrant Education Program, the goal is to prepare students to transition to high school math and meet college and career ready requirements.

6/26/2015

Plans have been approved to borrow more than $1 billion in an effort to manage an immediate cash crunch and get through the coming budget year for the Chicago school system. The borrowing is on top of an existing line of credit of up to $500 million.

6/26/2015

The Focus Desk uses the height-adjusting FeatherTouch lift mechanism, a silent lift that a child can easily operate without help whenever the urge to stand arises. The adjustable desk also includes dedicated storage areas and foldaway carrel walls for test taking and quiet study.

6/26/2015

The Mansfield Board of Education appointed Kelly Lyman as the new superintendent of schools, replacing Fred Baruzzi, who resigned from the position in January. Lyman has been assistant superintendent of Regional School District 15 — serving Southbury and Middlebury since 2011.

6/26/2015

The Ohio district named Jeff Graham, currently the top leader in Parma, to replace Tom Tucker as superintendent. Graham, who has 12 years of experience serving as a superintendent, was chosen over David Hall, Lorain City Schools' assistant superintendent.

6/25/2015

6/25/2015

The North Carolina district's students will learn a new system for crossing the road to get on school buses that school leaders hope will improve safety for the 80,000 children who ride daily.

6/25/2015

Maker Studio Construction Sets are available for free at MakerBot Thingiverse, a 3D design community for discovering, making and sharing 3D printable things. The MakerBot and ThinkFun product enables educators, children and parents to transform ordinary household items into engineering-inspired machines.

6/25/2015

A National Retail Federation poll finds that 29 percent of households with children plan to spend more on back-to-school shopping this year—up from 24 percent in 2014. However, a separate study by America's Research Group found that 58 percent of parents said they would buy only minimally during the traditional back-to-school season.

6/25/2015

Michigan's second largest school district, Utica Community Schools, will begin laying off more than 30 teachers as part of its budget balance plan that includes staff layoffs, the sale of vacant district property, the consolidation of bus routes and cuts in the district's alternative program.

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