K12 Headlines

7/21/2014

7/21/2014

Fanning the firestorm over Common Core State Standards is the fear that by adopting common standards, states are signing onto a national curriculum and thus undermining the decisions of local school boards and educators. Standards remain constant, but curriculum can be altered locally year to year or classroom to classroom to ensure students are meeting the learning goals.

7/21/2014

Back-to-school shopping is no longer a frenzied one-day spending spree. Families are spending more, but they are doing so over a longer period of time as they search for the best deals. Families are expected to spend $670 on average on back-to-school shopping, up 5 percent from last year.

7/21/2014

Gaggle is now offering integration with Microsoft OneDrive, providing school districts using Office 365 an added layer of safety with Gaggle's proprietary filtering and human monitoring service. In addition, school districts that use Gaggle for email archiving can now choose to archive Office Online documents.

7/21/2014

Georgia's Board of Education has proposed up to 30 exemption days per school every year to give schools options to sell sweet treats during fundraisers. School officials can allow fundraisers to sell food no longer allowed in schools under the federal nutrition standards.

7/21/2014

Critics say newly installed stop-arm cameras on Iowa City school buses violate the city’s traffic camera ban that, when adopted in 2013, was considered rare and possibly unique nationally. At minimum, they said these cameras, which help identify motorists passing school buses illegally, violate the spirit of the law.

7/21/2014

The city of Springfield has allocated well over $1 million for security maintenance and further enhancements recently, including equipping schools with cameras, door buzzers and other security equipment and personnel.

7/21/2014

An analysis shows an unintended consequence of Chicago's choice system: students of different achievement levels are being sorted into separate high schools. WBEZ found few schools in the city enroll the full span of students. Instead, low-scoring students and high-scoring students in particular are attending completely different high schools.

7/21/2014

Blackboard has debuted a tiered set of solutions addressing challenges such as retention, student engagement, learning analytics, communications and standards preparedness. The company is offering five K12 solutions that center on teaching and learning and community engagement.

7/21/2014

High school graduates have nearly three months of transition before starting college. During those months they are neither high school nor college students, a loss of direction that keeps some from showing up on the first day of college classes.

7/18/2014

7/18/2014

King George Middle School Principal Kevin Newman will become superintendent of Colonial Beach Public Schools. The top school position has been vacant since Superintendent Kathleen Beane resigned last month to take a post with Caroline County schools.

7/18/2014

The state intends to allocate $21 million in a second round of grants designed to improve school security, and this time will allow private and parochial schools to apply for the money. Last year, the program disbursed $21 million to 604 public schools in 111 school systems across Connecticut.

7/18/2014

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has given the state school board the go ahead to hire private attorneys to fight Gov. Bobby Jindal in court over school testing contracts if necessary.

7/18/2014

The Luther Burbank School District has named Michelle Richardson as its next superintendent. Richardson has been assistant superintendent for business and operations at Travis Unified School District in Fairfield.

7/18/2014

ASCD is offering a variety of professional development resources for new teachers entering the education profession this upcoming school year. In addition to these resources, the organization has book bundles specifically for teachers’ professional development at discounted prices.

7/18/2014

Math education needs a reboot. Kids today are growing up into a world awash in data, and they need new skills to make sense of it all. Let’s get rid of high school calculus and start teaching young students the math skills they really need.

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