K12 Headlines

8/20/2015

8/20/2015

SchoolDude launched MaintenanceEssentials Pro, a facilities management platform, and EventEssentials Pro, a facilities event and community use management platform. The two platforms leverage data and best practices from SchoolDude's 6,000 client and will enable institutions to communicate, collaborate and complete operational work more efficiently.

8/19/2015

8/19/2015

PASCO Scientific introduced new scientific instruments, a wireless sensor interface, a projectile launcher, lab manual hardware and other curriculum solutions to engage students in STEM subjects such as chemistry and physics.

8/19/2015

When Jefferson Parish public school students acted out in school last year, they could expect a swift reprimand and even the prospect of being arrested. This year, the district is implementing the "restorative justice" discipline method in its 80-plus schools to help avoid escalating scenarios.

8/19/2015

The Charleston County School District has banned students from displaying the Confederate flag emblem on campus clothing, jewelry, other apparel or even displayed prominently on vehicles driven to school. Students will be asked to remove the emblem and discipline will be on a case-by-case basis.

8/19/2015

Officials this week are trying to right two major technology debacles: a malfunctioning records system and a now-abandoned plan to provide iPads to all students. Last year, thousands of students in the district were left without class assignments and teachers couldn't even take roll.

8/19/2015

To inspire and prepare more students to excel in STEM and build a strong pipeline of teachers in these disciplines, we need new ways of approaching STEM education, and our efforts must involve everyone: states, districts, schools, tech developers, teacher prep programs and our best scientists, mathematicians and engineers all have roles to play.

8/19/2015

Body cameras in the schools are especially problematic. They allow school staff to invade student privacy at an increasingly intimate level—different than the overall monitoring of more open spaces. Body cameras present a real threat to students’ privacy and contribute to an environment in our schools of pervasive, intrusive surveillance.

8/19/2015

In addition to the original animated, professional development Good Thinking! series from the Smithsonian Science Education Center and FableVision Studios, PBS LearningMedia will offer the Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp, Showbiz Safari, Bumper Ducks games and other digital series.

8/19/2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools expect 2,400 new students when school starts Monday, part of a trend that could mean even more new schools needed in the future. For the 2015-16 school year, the district is opening two new schools in addition to moving several schools to new buildings.

8/19/2015

A U.S. representative from Florida is calling for a federal review after a newspaper investigation raised serious questions about the use of federal dollars for poor children and the overall quality of education students are receiving in five predominantly black elementary schools.

8/19/2015

Since a modest charter-school cap lift foundered in the state Senate last summer, the Legislature has shown little inclination to revisit the issue. But by announcing an effort to put a charter-school question on the November 2016 ballot, charter advocates have changed that dynamic.

8/19/2015

Greenville County Schools launched a new phase in its 13-year collaboration with Discovery Education to create learner-centered instructional environments in all 102 of its schools with digital content from Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

8/19/2015

Neighborhood and magnet schools are set to receive significant cuts in areas such as special education and busing, while charter schools are virtually untouched by these reductions, an analysis of the 2015-16 school year budget found.

8/19/2015

Broward County schools dealt with a new type of problem Tuesday: how to spend an extra $154 million in capital funds. Board members voted to tentatively approve the $2.6 billion capital budget. But they withheld $12 million worth of new buses. They will decide later whether to fund those or other priorities.

8/18/2015

8/18/2015

Nearly nine out of 10 people want to see an increase in farm-to-school food programming in the U.S., according to a national survey. The overall results showed more confidence in the quality of public school meals and support for increasing government funding.

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