K12 Headlines

8/20/2015

8/20/2015

Colorado’s successful experiment in marijuana legalization is bringing in millions of dollars of revenue per month while simultaneously benefiting schools and contributing to a drop in crime rates. A fifteen percent excise tax on wholesale marijuana sales is also only earmarked for school construction use.

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A newly amended bill would allow contractors whose “lease-leaseback” school construction agreements are declared illegal to keep their payments. The legislation is aimed at counteracting the impacts of a state appellate court decision in June that a construction contract issued by Fresno USD violated both competitive bidding and conflict-of-interest statutes.

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Because their contract classifies them as year-round employees, dozens of Boston Public Schools applied behavior analysis specialists who support students with special needs are spending two weeks sitting in a school cafeteria with little work to do as there are no students there needing services.

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Standardized school testing has run amok. Educators, parents, students and others who question its value for actual teaching and learning are leading a national revolt. In Illinois, public concern over high-stakes testing reached a fever pitch this year, resulting in a bill that would give parents a formal way to opt out of state tests.

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Lightspeed Systems has integrated RealVNC's VNC technology into its Classroom Orchestrator product, a classroom management solution designed to give teachers a centralized view of students’ screens.

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A new national poll found that 86 percent of Americans support the nutritional standards required by the law, which are aimed at providing schoolchildren with more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods high in calories and sodium.

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Several school systems and charter schools are offering virtual learning options as a way to attract home-schooled students, prevent dropouts and give students an easier way to balance lives that often involve working to help their families.

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There are many ways to address Massachusetts’ opioid crisis. When it comes to treatment, schools also should be part of the solution. The town of Easton made headlines this summer when its school committee voted to allow school nurses to administer an emergency overdose treatment in the community’s middle and high schools to hopefully save lives.

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Naviance Test Prep is a new online learning platform that makes placement test preparation engaging and personalized for students with game-based mechanics to deliver content from publishers, including McGraw Hill, Allen Prep, Cengage Learning and MasteryPrep.

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The new high-tech PS 62 will generate solar energy through some 2,000 photovoltaic panels while more than 80 underground geo-exchange pumps will supply the school's heating and air-conditioning systems. A wind turbine also will generate energy.

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With illegal drugs creeping into the town of Crivitz, the school district decided to deter its students from drug use by randomly drug testing high school students. Because of regulations, the school will only drug test students involved in any extracurricular activities or students who buy passes to park on school property.

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A new statewide study of 87 Minnesota district and charter school websites finds most don’t follow the state law requiring them to post “up-to-date” information about the standards to earn free college credits. To make informed decisions, students and families must have accurate information.

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With a consultant recommending the construction of at least seven new schools at a cost more than $320 million million over the next decade, the Sarasota County School Board will vet funding options for acquiring land and building new schools.

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The North Carolina school district plans to open 13 new schools over the next three years; more than 40,000 new students are projected to join the school system by 2024.

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The Wichita school district is seeking nearly $1 million from the state’s extraordinary need fund for schools, citing a large number of refugees. The district expects about 220 refugees total who do not speak English and need help for post-traumatic stress syndrome, emotional handicaps and behavior issues from their experiences.

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