K12 Headlines

4/16/2015

4/16/2015

When professional, proven educators learn they’ll have to return to school, pay thousands of dollars in tuition and even student teach to become licensed in Minnesota, it’s not surprising that many teachers choose not to come to the state. Legislators need to establish more fair and transparent pathways to licensure for out-of-state teachers.

4/16/2015

It’s said what isn’t tested isn’t taught. Since the decision to postpone instituting passage of the U.S. history test as a high school graduation requirement, entire middle school social studies departments have been eliminated and history courses are being taught by English, math and science teachers.

4/16/2015

Rapid Emergency Response System is specifically designed to speed the response times of law enforcement and first responders and notify building occupants when life-threatening incidents occur within schools and other facilities.

4/16/2015

The state Senate passed a controversial policy that would allow parents of students at underperforming public schools to demand fixes from the state commissioner of education, including hiring new staff, contracting with a charter school operator to take over management or closing the school altogether.

4/16/2015

Bowing to concerns from parents and lawmakers that children would be denied an education to which they are constitutionally entitled, a state senator delayed a vote on a bill requiring most California parents to vaccinate their children as a condition of enrolling them in private or public schools.

4/16/2015

Students from a school where all staff members will get pink slips because of uncertainty about Iowa school funding took a school-approved field trip to Des Moines to lobby for a 4 percent increase in supplemental school aid.

4/15/2015

4/15/2015

Apps with anonymity features might give some students more intrepidity to check out interest groups they would not otherwise explore. But many youths take advantage of anonymity and are unaware of the consequences. Meanwhile, more districts are beginning to monitor student social media use around the clock to prevent students from hurting themselves or others.

4/15/2015

A $25 million donation will be made over the next five years by a Sioux Falls philanthropist, and the state will match that amount to create technical school scholarships for high school students in South Dakota.

4/15/2015

With the launch of the new Technology Initiative Task Force last week, LAUSD is restarting its approach to integrating technology and instruction after the last effort ended with an FBI probe. The new initiative will be characterized by public access to information and community input and a goal to avoid the previous one-size-fits-all approach.

4/15/2015

Armed with cell phones and a dizzying array of social media choices, one-half of middle school and high school students in a recent study admitted to social media abuse — from bullying schoolmates to spreading rumors to pressuring others to send sexual texts or pictures. They also confessed to stalking their partners.

4/15/2015

We should rely on teachers (and students) to drive the use of technology in our schools and allow them the freedom to select the resources that work well in their individual classrooms. We should provide professional development that supports their efforts to become the best teacher — not the best iPad or SmartBoard user.

4/15/2015

The ProjectCSGIRLS' national computer science competition for middle school girls is now open to all middle school girls residing in the continental United States. Started by a Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology sophomore, it challenges participants to build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem.

4/15/2015

Internet demand is growing in Virginia schools, but some rural localities — including those in the Shenandoah Valley — experience challenges to improving broadband access for their students.

4/15/2015

For the first time, LAUSD will open two all-girls' schools next fall. One will be a science-oriented school overseen directly by LAUSD while the other will be an independently operated, district-authorized charter school.

4/15/2015

The state's schools have to submit certified budgets this week for the next school year, but state lawmakers still haven't agreed how much money those schools can spend. This has prompted one school district to prepare for the worst case scenario by giving all its employees pink slips.

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