K12 Headlines

8/26/2015

8/26/2015

The latest numbers from several groups show an estimated 63 percent increase in students living in school districts with at least 20 percent of students in poverty since 2006. Several groups are now pushing for more “flexibility” in spending, arguing that students in high-poverty schools require more services and money, but often get less than their better off peers.

8/26/2015

Twenty-nine percent of U.S. parents say they fear for their child's safety at school while 10 percent of U.S. parents of K12 students say their child has expressed worries about his or her safety at school. This figure has been fairly consistent since 2003.

8/26/2015

There are problems in how high-ability students are taught in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For example, U.S. federal and philanthropic efforts to improve schools have concentrated almost exclusively on low achievers and bringing them up. Our nation is also exceptionally bad at producing low-income high achievers.

8/26/2015

Under the new legislation, students can only be suspended, expelled or referred to an alternative school if all other "appropriate and available" alternatives are exhausted. Additionally, the bill provides struggling students with academic and behavioral supports, and promotes fairness by holding public schools and charter schools to the same standards for school discipline.

8/26/2015

About 20 percent of the students at Tech High are Somali. Following a bullying incident, the Minnesota district has been scrambling to address the criticism. It's added community and school liaison positions, more cultural awareness training for teachers and other moves designed to build closer ties between the school staff and the growing Somali student body.

8/26/2015

Sandy Grove Middle School is the first energy-positive school in the nation to be financed by its own expected energy savings. The school includes photovoltaic and geothermal heating and cooling systems, spray foam insulation, a whole-building generator and solar panels. These measures are projected to save the school district nearly $35 million over the next 40 years.

8/26/2015

The Idaho Constitution requires that public schools be free. But what does the word “free” mean? When a school presents a long list, including brand names, it becomes a requirement to conform, especially when the lists include materials that clearly stock school inventory for general classroom, not individual, use.

8/26/2015

Already using Skyward for its financial operations, Georgetown ISD turned to the Student Management Suite for all-in-one access to student data, online scheduling and the Family and Student Access portal. In addition, Klein ISD selected the Student Management Suite from Skyward.

8/26/2015

There are about 1,000 fewer kindergartners enrolled in Idaho's public schools this year than last year, continuing a three-year decline in kindergarten enrollment.

8/25/2015

8/25/2015

The school system is partnering with Fuel Education to provide its online course catalog, technology platform and tools to Athens Renaissance School, a new full-time online and blended public school for K12 students in Alabama. The courses that will be taught by both Athens City Schools teachers and FuelEd’s certified teachers.

8/25/2015

More Advanced Placement options for Indianapolis Public Schools students is one possible advantage to changing the way high schools are arranged, especially if it results in more students in grades 9 to 12 grouped together on fewer campuses.

8/25/2015

School districts are losing students, and they will continue to do so as birth rates remain low. Yet districts are still burdened with fixed costs for buildings, employees and pensions. Schools need to prepare for shrinking student populations. And merging is a good option to best use resources and relieve districts' financial headaches.

8/25/2015

The Pinellas County School District has been using an unorthodox approach for meeting the class size limits that are not in the best interests of students. The state has been investigating the district for months for its use of substitutes in co-teaching roles to meet class size limits.

8/25/2015

Rami Muth, superintendent of the Martinez USD since 2008, said she is resigning her post effective at the end of this school year in June 2016. Muth was hired as the district's curriculum director in 2006 after seven years with the Fairfield-Suisun USD.

8/25/2015

The State Finance Council approved millions in additional aid to schools — but gave larger, more urban districts less than Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration had recommended. More rural districts sought funds for declining property values while urban districts wanted aid for increased enrollment.

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