K12 Headlines

3/1/2013

3/1/2013

President Obama’s call in his State of the Union address to “make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America” rallied advocates across the country who have long argued that inequity in education begins at a very young age. While supporters herald the plan as a way to help level the playing field for children who do not have the advantages of daily bedtime stories, music lessons and counting games at home, critics argue that providing universal preschool could result in federal money being squandered on ineffective programs.

3/1/2013

The Indiana Charter School Board has approved a new charter school in Fort Wayne that must meet specific enrollment goals before it can open its doors. The board voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve the Carpe Diem Indiana charter school, but the school must demonstrate by July 15 that its enrollment will fall between its "break-even" financial number and its goal of 130 students for the first year.

3/1/2013

In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama talked about redesigning schools for a high-tech future. But long gone are the days of shop class, or even "vocational training," said Stephen DeWitt, the senior director of public policy for the Association for Career and Technical Education. What's emerging in schools now is something tougher to pin down.

3/1/2013

A plan Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles and his cabinet members were considering to extend the school day has been delayed for a year, Miles told district employees Wednesday. For the past several months, DISD administrators had been debating the idea of adding 30 minutes to the school day. Students would have started school 15 minutes earlier and stayed 15 minutes later, adding the equivalent of 11 additional school days over the entire year.

3/1/2013

Luz Hernandez is a single mom with five children. While she worries about how her limited English will affect her ability to get a better job, she mostly worries about what her communication skills mean for her kids.

3/1/2013

Only a week remains until the School Reform Commission is to vote on the largest wave of school closings in Philadelphia history, but community organizations are fighting for more time. The NAACP and ACTION United, a statewide organization of 52,000 low- and moderate-income families, have asked for a one-year delay to find additional sources of funding and alternatives to the proposed closing of 29 schools.

3/1/2013

An East Texas school maintenance worker was in fair condition Thursday after being accidentally shot during a district-sponsored handgun safety class, according to local media. The concealed handgun license class is part of an effort to permit teachers to carry firearms in schools in Van, Texas, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported.

2/28/2013

2/28/2013

A total of 508 readers responded to the unscientific AL.com poll taken as Republican legislators push bills that would repeal the common core in Alabama.

2/28/2013

Out of necessity, cash strapped schools have for years been asking parents to cover some of the most basic classroom needs: craft supplies, a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, an Algebra book.

2/28/2013

Damage to public school buildings cost New York City an estimated $175 million, and reimbursement from the federal government has been slow in coming.

2/28/2013

The proposed structures would be the first new city schools since 1986. In the last three decades, the county system has built 15 school buildings.

2/28/2013

Vivantech, a premier Kuali Commercial Affiliate, announced that they are holding its Kuali Coeus (KC) Webinar for a second time. KC is a comprehensive research administration system and one of the multiple open-source modules that are part of the Kuali technology stack.

2/28/2013

Standard for Success, an online, fully customizable teacher evaluation platform created by educators, announces today a partnership with Roanoke, Va.-based Interactive Achievement, which provides web-based assessment and data management software for school districts.

2/28/2013

The report, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and authored by Dr. Bob Balfanz, co-director of the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, argues that in order to overcome the educational impacts of poverty, high-need schools must provide direct, evidence-based supports for students.

2/28/2013

In 2007, Dr. Edwards made the bold move to swap out textbooks for digital learning, with the intent of creating a "culture of digital conversion" for every student, every teacher and every administrator in Mooresville.

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