K12 Headlines

2/26/2015

2/26/2015

Lawmakers gave an early nod to a bill that would set aside $75 million in one-time and ongoing funding for school technology. Under the terms of the bill, schools and school districts would need to commit matching funds and present a technology plan in order to get a portion of the funding.

2/26/2015

Montgomery County could face difficult decisions if the state doesn’t help fulfill the school district’s funding request for capital projects. The county school board’s requested $1.74 billion fiscal 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program banks on the success of a state bill to direct more school construction money to the county.

2/26/2015

Legislation aimed at reducing school bullying in Iowa advanced in the Legislature, but it remains unclear if it will have enough support to get to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk this session.

2/26/2015

The public was allowed to weigh on a Maine proposal that would allow schools to add an extra hour to days as a way to make up for those missed. Under the proposal, every snow day would equal five hours of class time.

2/26/2015

Curriculum Associates’ Ready TNCore Mathematics for grades K8 was selected by the State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission as an approved instructional program for Tennessee schools.

2/25/2015

2/25/2015

Despite changing U.S. demographics, the default race for toys, games and children’s media remains Caucasian/white. While toys alone cannot alter children’s conceptions of race, we could do a much better job of showing children of color that they can excel in STEM paths by providing more and better depictions of underrepresented ethnicities in toys and media.

2/25/2015

At $34 million, technology upgrades are the second-most expensive of the 24 proposed capital projects that the Muscogee County School District's administration wants to fund. The district is asking voters to approve funding to upgrade and replace outdated computers, increase Internet connectivity, and invest in distance learning and emerging technologies.

2/25/2015

MIND Research Institute is expanding its math program with the new ST Math: Transitional Kindergarten. The blended learning program includes math software, classroom materials and step-by-step teacher’s manuals covering algebraic thinking, geometry, numbers and operations, counting and cardinality, and measurement and data.

2/25/2015

A Kentucky lawmaker got it right this time. A new bill to improve public school computer science offerings does not include a provision allowing students to count computer programming classes toward a foreign language requirement as it did last year.

2/25/2015

Learning.com has released Curriculum Foundry, a solution that helps districts access, organize and share digital resources and share curriculums. Curriculum Foundry includes a searchable content repository of vetted open education resources and other free digital resources covering core K12 subjects.

2/25/2015

The technology company will work with New York City as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's $10 million Tech Talent Pipeline initiative. All students enrolled in 857 after-school programs across the city's five boroughs will get to use CS First, a program that teaches youngsters how to code.

2/25/2015

A cadre of students trained in IT support are bolstering the responsiveness of districts’ help desks. The students provide an inexpensive and much-needed tech resource while gaining experience, new skills and confidence.

2/25/2015

Students at Iolani School and Kealakehe High School are teaming up with NASA on a lunar experiment. NASA developed the electrodynamic dust shield to repel pesky planetary dust that gathers on space gear. The project involves NASA, the two schools, the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems and a Google Lunar XPRIZE team.

2/25/2015

Ninety-four percent of Washington voters believe every child should have access to a high quality STEM education in the state’s K12 public schools, but just 45 percent believe schools are delivering, according to a new poll from Washington STEM.

2/25/2015

A magnet program in computer game design draws career-focused high school students from across Florida’s sprawling Hillsborough County school system. Middleton Magnet High School houses four STEM programs, including the Academy of Computer Game Design.

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