K12 Headlines

9/8/2014

9/8/2014

A landmark school cheating trial is set to begin in Georgia with school teachers facing up to 35 years in prison. Opening statements are expected to start this month in the trial of 12 former Atlanta Public Schools employees accused of boosting students' scores by altering and falsely certifying students' answers in standardized tests.

9/8/2014

Toledo Public Schools opened its first single gender school this fall with the male and female students of Jones Leadership Academy separated by floors. The school will start with seventh- through ninth-grade students and expand at a later time through 12th grade.

9/8/2014

Through its Operation KEYS (keeping every youth in school) program, Corpus Christi Independent School District is battling truancy with volunteers visiting truant students' homes and informing them of different options to graduate from high school.

9/8/2014

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint against the Hernando County School District over its single-gender classes at an elementary school, claiming the classes violate federal anti-discrimination laws. The organization also filed complaints calling for federal investigations into the single-sex classroom programs in Broward and Volusia counties.

9/8/2014

Developmental Teaching, LLC announced the launch of Tapcin, a new web-based software application for creating lesson plans and tracking progress. Tapcin also features its own educator's social network designed specifically for teachers to collaborate, create their own colleague groups, and share with others.

9/8/2014

The special needs of children in foster care are too often ignored. Many districts do not even know which students are in foster care and are not tracking their performance. We must work to get child welfare and education agencies in more states gathering data on how children in foster care are doing and taking appropriate action to help them succeed.

9/8/2014

All About Learning Press released the final installment in their All About Reading program. All components of reading are taught in Level 4, including decoding (phonics and structural analysis), vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.

9/8/2014

Red Comet is launching several new courses in mathematics related to advanced algebra with financial applications, pre-calculus, calculus, comprehensive algebra and comprehensive geometry.

9/8/2014

In an admissions overhaul that relies on city buses, Nashville area students will be able to choose which high school they attend next year. However, schools located outside students’ current geographic zones would require open seats for them to get in, likely limiting entry into several.

9/8/2014

"School Corporation Size and the Cost of Education," a policy brief from Ball State University's Center for Business and Educational Research, found that consolidation might be the best option for the Indiana's smaller school districts. The study determined that 2,000 students is the minimum efficient scale for school corporations in the state.

9/8/2014

Exceptional schools can dramatically improve test score results, a new study published in the journal Psychological Science notes. However, the study found that so far there is limited evidence that the schools have done much to change the "fluid cognitive skills" of the students.

9/5/2014

9/5/2014

Discovery Education and Science Channel launched Epic Story, an online program that brings network programming, producers and student-created content together to provide students with storytelling tools.

9/5/2014

Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn, a free, multitouch iBooks Textbook for iPad created by SAS and the Space Telescope Science Institute, incorporates assistive technologies for visually-impaired students with tactile overlays for the book's interactive images. Astronomers worked with developers to translate imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope into content for students.

9/5/2014

Boston school officials have decided they will only record images — and not voices and other sounds — when they turn on more than 650 surveillance cameras installed on all school buses. Initially, school officials had planned to activate the microphones but concerns were raised about potentially violating students’ right to privacy.

9/5/2014

A state-mandated study of high school athletes' concussions in Minnesota showed that athletic trainers from 36 public high schools voluntarily reported 730 concussions. Researchers projected from that an estimated 3,000 concussions among the state's young athletes in the 2013-2014 school year.

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