K12 Headlines

2/23/2015

2/23/2015

Vital Source Technologies, Inc. has been selected by MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc. to be the digital fulfillment vendor for all of its educational content. The agreement will span both the K12 and higher education markets, and will encompass all of the channels through which MBS will sell digital content, including MBS Direct, Textbooks.com and MBS Systems.

2/23/2015

A growing number of leaders and organizations are dedicated to saying, "I am here for you." Starting in my hometown of St. Louis, we are partnering with the Urban League's Save our Sons Program, the 100 Black Men for STEM and college assurance programming and the Boy Scouts of America's Restoring our Village Program.

2/23/2015

Congress made the right decision a decade ago when it required states to administer yearly tests to public school students — and improve instruction for poor and minority students — in return for federal education aid.

2/23/2015

Iowa's continuing history of shuttering schools — 4,314 districts have closed since 1950 — means that children must be transported farther. The average school boundary is now about 161 square miles, nearly 14 times larger than in 1950.

2/23/2015

Los Angeles Unified School Supt. Ramon C. Cortines says the district cannot afford to provide a computer to every student, signaling a major reversal for his predecessor's ill-fated $1.3-billion effort to distribute iPads to all students, teachers and school administrators.

2/23/2015

Federal Smart Snacks in School standards disqualify most bake sale items. But federal law also allow states to pass exemptions in order to hold a set amount of in-school food fundraisers.

2/23/2015

Prominent interest groups are promoting reform agendas and striving to influence policymakers and public opinion using individuals who have substantial media relations skills but little or no expertise in education research, say the authors of the study.

2/23/2015

Many schools across the U.S. have cut back on recess and athletic offerings, but Santa Barbara Middle School views cycling as a vital part of the school’s educational philosophy. Between special cycling trips and commuting to and from campus, students and staff collectively ride an estimated 15,000 miles each year.

2/23/2015

Teacher Jacque Salisbury hardly ever asks her students to open their physical science textbooks. She prefers more engaging, hands-on learning. Plus, the middle school books are more than a decade old.

2/20/2015

2/20/2015

Clay target shooting is trending in Minnesota schools. The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, which allows competitors in grades 6-12, fielded 13 teams in 2010. In 2014, the number was 185.

2/20/2015

The Ohio district’s board of education hired Matthew Montgomery, the current superintendent at Waterloo, as the Revere district’s next school chief.

2/20/2015

The Texas district's Superintendent Rod Schroder, who has worked for Amarillo ISD for more than 42 years, plans to retire in August. Schroder has served as president of the Texas School Alliance, on Texas Association of School Administrators committees and on the Board of Directors for the Texas Business and Education Coalition.

2/20/2015

Selected from a pool of 34 applicants, Gillian Chapman was hired to replace Pam Shea as superintendent of Teton County School District No. 1. She is currently Shawnee Mission USD's associate superintendent for secondary administrative services in Kansas.

2/20/2015

Superintendent Richard Markwardt will take over West Geauga schools after he resigns from Beachwood at the conclusion of his contract at the end of the school year. Robert Hardis, who has served as Beachwood's assistant superintendent since 2012, will replace Markwardt as Beachwood's top leader.

2/20/2015

The National Park Foundation is kicking off its Every Kid in a Park initiative to enable every 4th grade student to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-16 school year. Every Kid in a Park joins the Foundation's Open Outdoors for Kids program in helping children learn history, culture and science while exploring the great outdoors.

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