K12 Headlines

4/9/2015

4/9/2015

Discovery Education and Spartanburg School District 2 expanded their 10-year partnership to bring Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series to elementary and middle school classrooms districtwide.

4/9/2015

Excent Corp. and Professional Software for Nurses Inc. (PSNI) have partnered to provide an integrated solution for electronic health records software and Medicaid billing. The automatic transfer of billing data will allow schools to increase their reimbursements and collect revenue faster.

4/9/2015

Within the North East Florida Educational Consortium, a collaborative of 10 member districts has signed on to use the Unify platform to work together to develop local assessments. Developed by Performance Matters, Unify is a technology platform designed for the development, review and administration of quality assessment content.

4/9/2015

With a state-sanctioned group talking about changing or eliminating some standardized tests, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning brought education officials into court to talk about testing and what the state Department of Public Instruction is doing to improve low-performing schools.

4/9/2015

The state school board will have its final hearing and vote next week on getting rid of the so-called "5 of 8 rule" that requires school districts to have a minimum number of nurses, counselors, librarians and arts teachers.

4/9/2015

School districts in Tennessee are weighing their options as a controversial guns-in-parks bill makes its way through the state legislature. Some school districts are concerned how the bill will impact student athletes who frequently practice and play games at parks. It is illegal to carry weapons where school events occur.

4/9/2015

The budget Gov. Nathan Deal will sign contains $1.1 billion in borrowing for construction and equipment purchases, including $271 million for K12 school construction. Much of that school funding will be utilized to grow school systems in metro Atlanta.

4/9/2015

The No Child Left Behind Act, a product of good bipartisan intentions and bad legislative drafting, is closer than ever to a rewrite that was supposed to have happened eight years ago. But the new bill would allow so much flexibility that it's unclear what would happen in states that don't try hard to reduce achievement gaps.

4/9/2015

A decade’s worth of work by tribal leaders, educators, legislators and activists has shown that having difficult conversations about issues of race, history and culture is necessary and productive. The state's House and the Senate passed bills that require schools to incorporate the history, culture and government of the nearest Indian tribes into the social studies curriculum.

4/9/2015

New Jersey needs to bring greater awareness to the risk cardiac problems present to student athletes. A new bill is being proposed that would help recognize and prevent cardiac illnesses in children through cardiac history-related family history questions and adequate training for health care practitioners to identify these conditions.

4/9/2015

Colorado schools are not required to obtain written parental consent before students take part in an every-other-year health and behavior survey, according to a formal opinion from the state Attorney General.

4/9/2015

A new bill introduced in the state Senate aims to end the uncertainty of exactly how many students participated in PARCC testing. The proposal would require all schools to publicly release test participation rates within five days of the conclusion of testing.

4/9/2015

Charters are required to have audits done, but currently the schools decide who audits them. Under a new proposal, the state Auditor's Office would not directly audit the schools, but would select the firms that do the audits and set the rules for what the firms should be looking for.

4/9/2015

The West Virginia Board of Education denied requests by all 27 school districts that applied for make-up-day forgiveness. The districts will have to further extend their last days of school to meet the new requirement this year for 180 separate instructional days.

4/9/2015

The California school district will develop a long-range school facilities plan and create a special committee to rank projects that could be built with money remaining in the district's $1.6 billion bond construction program.

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