K12 Headlines

8/21/2015

8/21/2015

The company released new Touch Curriculum technology that uses more than 20,000 cognitive skill manipulatives to deepen elementary and middle school students’ mastery of science concepts.

8/21/2015

When hard-to-teach kids are mixed throughout a system rather than concentrated in a few tough schools, low-income students of color get access to higher-level coursework, good teachers and better facilities and materials. One way to integrate schools is to integrate housing; the mayor's affordable housing plans is an opportunity the Department of Education could exploit.

8/21/2015

This is not only a question of what’s right or wrong for kids. It’s also a national security and an economic issue. One in five young adults is too overweight to serve in the military. The cost of treating obesity-related illnesses drags down our economy and increases budget deficits.

8/21/2015

This fall, more than 100 additional low-income schools will be required to provide free breakfast to all students during school hours under Colorado's "Breakfast After the Bell" law. Some administrators say the new eligibility threshold means they'll lose money on the program and be forced to compensate by taking money from classrooms.

8/21/2015

The third edition of Pearson's comprehensive clinical assessment for identifying, remediating and managing emotional and behavioral issues in children and young adults has been released. The Behavior Assessment System for Children analyzes behavior from the self, teacher and parent perspectives.

8/21/2015

Many local voters feel they “lose control” if they allow duly elected school board members to hire a professional superintendent from a nationwide pool of applicants. However, elected superintendents politicize the system and the position, whether knowingly or unconsciously. And the only realistic “check” on their power is the ballot box on an infrequent, four-year cycle.

8/21/2015

Just three weeks until school starts and more than 8,000 students in the Boston Public Schools still don't know where they are going to class. Superintendent Tommy Chang said district employees are working by hand to assign students to schools after a glitch with the new software system.

8/21/2015

Some schools are adding another tool to the fight for fitter kids: Architecture. Beyond healthy eating interventions in kitchen and dining spaces, a Virginia school was also designed to keep kids more active, with features like inviting stairways, walking paths, and furniture that flexes as students sit, so they aren't completely still.

8/21/2015

Sarena Shivers, the assistant superintendent for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, has been chosen as the finalist to become the next Redford Union Schools superintendent.

8/21/2015

Ken Gagner, an elementary school principal in Morris since 2012, has been named to head up the Minnesota school district.

8/21/2015

A new Gallup study commissioned by Google spotlights a potentially perilous economic disconnect as tech companies struggle to enlarge their engineering talent pools. While 90 percent of parents see computer science as a good use of school resources, fewer than 8 percent of administrators believe parent demand is high.

8/21/2015

The state Education Department will pick up the $1.5 million tab for every public high school junior in Oklahoma to take the ACT college-preparatory test this spring. The pilot program will give the opportunity to take the test to as many 22,000 juniors who otherwise might not have taken the ACT.

8/21/2015

Graduation Achievement Charter High School has selected Edgenuity’s Instructional Services offering and curriculum as the Atlanta-based virtual school’s primary learning solution.

8/21/2015

Laura Abel, the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and administration since 2012, is taking over the top position at the Virginia school system. She is replacing former Superintendent Jeffery Smith, who took the top spot at Hampton City Schools in July.

8/20/2015

8/20/2015

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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