K12 Headlines

11/30/2012

11/30/2012

More than 90 percent of Wisconsin school districts that use the Skyward Student Management Suite meet or exceed the Department of Public Instruction's academic expectations, according to new data recently released by the state agency.

11/30/2012

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education this week shows that Texas — along with five other states — ranks fourth in the nation for its four-year high school graduation rates. With an overall rate of 86 percent in the 2010-11 school year, the state follows Iowa, with 88 percent, and Wisconsin and Vermont, both at 87 percent.

11/30/2012

With less than six weeks remaining before the entry deadline for the 2012-13 Follett Challenge, organizers have shared some of the “secrets” behind what the six-person panel of judges will be looking for in a winning entry.

11/30/2012

The Black Box® Tablet Depot and Tablet Depot Carts store, charge, and secure up to 16 tablet PCs, e-readers, and iPad® tablets.

11/30/2012

Citing chronically poor student performance ratings, West Virginia's Board of Education again voted to fire Jorea Marple as state schools superintendent Thursday after fielding harsh criticism over her dismissal. Two former board members and at least seven active or retired teachers were among the 19 speakers who praised Marple, denounced her firing or called for her reinstatement during the meeting's 90-minute public comment period.

11/30/2012

The Camden N.J. Board of Education expressed its support for the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy proposal, reversing its prior position on the matter. The board's approval of the KIPP plan was due to two board members - Sean Brown and Kathryn Ribay - changing their votes on the proposal.  Ribay said she would only support the proposal if the promise of negotiating a contract was put in writing. And so, a contract negotiation clause was added to the resolution.

11/30/2012

Perhaps play is not the opposite of work, but synonymous with it. This theory is emerging from a growing body of scientific evidence, reviewed here by the University of Georgia, showing education is not the same as disinterested drudgery: For children and adults, "play is an important mediator for learning and socialization throughout life."

11/30/2012

The Liberty (N.Y.) Central School Board of Education has released the names of its two finalist candidates for the position of superintendent of schools. Finalist interviews are scheduled for the week of December 3.

11/30/2012

A Washington state community is wracked with controversy after a Longview mother posted photos to Facebook of an "isolation booth" for young students at a local elementary school. Ana Bate, who posted the photos, says the images were taken at Longview's Mint Valley Elementary School. They depict a free-standing padded room that has two peepholes, air holes in the ceiling for ventilation and a metal bar that locks the door from the outside. The photos have gone viral and ignited a storm of criticism.

11/30/2012

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee is naming Renton Schools Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel as his new chief of staff, reaching outside the ranks of Olympia insiders and Capitol Hill staff to fill a position vital to his success in running state government.

11/30/2012

Bills expanding the reach of Detroit's Education Achievement Authority to become a statewide school reform district are progressing in the Michigan Legislature's lame duck session. The House and Senate education committees Thursday adopted amended versions of the bills, but are working out details about how failing schools could leave the EAA.

11/30/2012

Three lucky people in North Carolina are $1 million richer after winning part of the Powerball jackpot Wednesday night. According to the North Carolina Education Lottery, sales from the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot tickets will boost education in the state. From those sales, an estimated $16.8 million will go to education programs in North Carolina.

11/30/2012

A crowd of more than a thousand students, parents, and teachers packed First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem last night to hear mayoral hopefuls pitch their plans to improve the city's fractured educational system. The candidates continued to distance themselves from many of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's educational policies with denouncements of school closings and co-locations.

11/29/2012

11/29/2012

A newly-published free resource from Responsive Classroom® supports elementary teachers' efforts to address Common Core standards and practices in math using the fun activities in its award-winning book Doing Math in Morning Meeting: 150 Quick Activities that Connect to Your Curriculum.

11/29/2012

It has long been established that parental involvement is an important factor in student achievement. And in the Internet era, school websites have become the focal point of engagement for students, parents and educators. eChalk, a pioneer of school communication and instruction management software, has launched Custom Web Design services to help schools personalize their sites in ways that foster greater community involvement and boost their online curb appeal.

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