K12 Headlines

4/17/2015

4/17/2015

Unless empirical studies confirm a sound relationship between performance on Vermont's Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test and critical and valued life outcomes (college and career-ready), test results should not be used to make consequential funding judgments about schools and students.

4/17/2015

If state and federal governments want to improve education, it would be prudent to invest in early childhood education instead of spending huge sums of money developing standardized tests that are putting increasing pressure on school districts in the state with little result.

4/17/2015

The Senate passed a bill designed to decriminalize school truancy. Texas is one of only two states that employ the criminal justice system to punish truancy.

4/17/2015

Almost 600 of the 800 Illinois school districts will have $97 million in state funding restored after a budget deal brokered last month between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders cut money for education, with about one-third going to Chicago schools and the rest scattered among the other districts.

4/17/2015

Former Oakland, Calif., school superintendent Anthony Smith has been selected as Illinois's new superintendent of education. He replaces current Superintendent Christopher Koch, who is one of the longest serving state superintendents in the nation.

4/17/2015

A measure to give additional funding to K12 education got bipartisan approval from the Senate Education Committee. With nearly 11,000 new students expected in the state system next year, the funding will amount to $269 more per student.

4/17/2015

Robert Avossa, the superintendent for Georgia's Fulton County Schools, has been named as the Palm Beach County school district's new superintendent. He will replace Superintendent Wayne Gent, who is leaving in July to head St. Lucie County's public schools.

4/16/2015

4/16/2015

The Florence Board of Education has chosen to take on its first major school campus construction project in more than 30 years. The board voted to construct a $30 million middle school on the same grounds as the current campus.

4/16/2015

LAUSD is seeking to recoup millions of dollars over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads. The district's board of education authorized its attorneys to explore possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that developed the curriculum as a subcontractor to Apple.

4/16/2015

Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a $20.5 million contract the district awarded on a no-bid basis to a training academy that formerly employed her.

4/16/2015

An amendment to the legislation to hold Wisconsin's publicly funded schools accountable for their academic performance dropped several divisive components — such as creating a new state oversight board and allowing publicly funded private schools to administer different types of tests to students than public schools.

4/16/2015

For the second meeting in a row, the Senate Education Committee has declined to vote on a bill that would allow school employees with law enforcement or military experience to carry concealed weapons on school property. The measure could still come up as an amendment to a related bill.

4/16/2015

The Tennessee district will implement an online student registration solution from InfoSnap with Spanish translation. PowerSchool will streamline the school system's data collection for new and annual student registration.

4/16/2015

A new national policy must aim directly at improving classroom teaching and learning. Curriculum must be more demanding, and a fair amount of money should support every student regardless of the property wealth of school districts.

4/16/2015

Califone International LLC has upgraded its portable PA419-02 wireless speaker with new wireless capabilities.

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