K12 Headlines

6/24/2015

6/24/2015

Raising the cap is unnecessary. New York's charter schools already are not handling their assigned share of students. Charters also receive funding when school starts for a certain number of students yet many actually end up teaching fewer than they are budgeted for. In addition, we need to have more transparency to audit charter schools to avoid fraud.

6/24/2015

A new report on Chicago Public Schools system says that the long-term outlook is bleak, but the short-term is even worse. Even with huge tax increases, more state aid, increased state funding of teacher pensions, salary and benefit concessions from teachers and more, CPS would still face an annual $350 million shortfall over the next several years.

6/24/2015

Asian Lunar New Year will become an official public school holiday. This is a reversal from just a few months ago when Mayor Bill de Blasio's office had said it would not be added to next year's calendar due to concerns over being able to fulfill the number of state mandated days of instruction. Roughly one in eight New York City residents is Asian.

6/24/2015

Twenty-two school districts in the St. Louis region will offer support to the struggling Riverview Gardens and Normandy school systems by reducing tuition payments they collect to educate the two unaccredited district's transfer students.

6/24/2015

Four months after the Department of Education renewed the contract of Cami Anderson, the superintendent of the troubled state-controlled New Jersey school district is stepping down. After 21 years in state control, the question remains whether Newark Public Schools should be returned to local leadership.

6/24/2015

Ruth Asawa High School is one the first high schools in the country to offer an LGBT studies course. The course will cover terminology, and the broad history of LGBT issues. The curriculum stretches back to ancient times.

6/24/2015

The closure of the Halau Lokahi charter school could lead to legislative changes, and is proving to be a learning moment for the state's 3-year-old Charter School Commission. Unlike most states, charters in Hawaii are state agencies. That means the state may be responsible for debts if a school closes.

6/24/2015

An experiment tying teacher pay, in part, to student performance has been dropped by the Regional School Unit 40 district. The difficulty in getting a contract last time, as well as continued opposition from teachers, played a part in the decision to not include the incentive program in the new contract.

6/24/2015

The Senate Education Committee voted to approve legislation that provides for a new funding school formula. The formula gives weight to factors such as poverty, local wealth, ability to raise revenue to pay for schools, students who attend charter schools, and rural and small district conditions.

6/23/2015

6/23/2015

As part of Cincinnati Public Schools' AP Blended Learning program, Kajeet will provide the school system with its education broadband solution to ensure the students are accessing safe, filtered broadband for educational purposes using their Wi-Fi hotspots.

6/23/2015

Data collected by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation showed that the number of offenses occurring in school decreased 14.4 percent from 2014 to 2012. The study showed a total of 30,232 offenses for the time frame with simple assault being the most frequently reported offense.

6/23/2015

A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit. Only 18 percent of those in the school lunch program are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food program.

6/23/2015

Vermont will serve as a classroom of its own to 13 schools around the Northeast and others who want to learn more about the state's model and develop their own farm-to-school plans to get more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curricula about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms.

6/23/2015

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is calling for a statewide study looking at school district consolidation. The resolution will direct the state to look at ways school districts could merge or consolidate and the potential cost savings.

6/23/2015

The number of Birmingham high school students arrested on campus has dropped dramatically by 63 percent from August through December 2014 at the city's seven high schools. The success if being attributed to police and school resource officers shifting their focus from being reactive by making arrests to being proactive by mentoring and recommending resources.

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