K12 Headlines

9/24/2014

9/24/2014

Stories of mismanaged 1-to-1 computing initiatives in schools are filling the news — and unsurprisingly so in many cases. But there are plenty of good “edtech” stories worth highlighting. In almost every case, the schools that are getting it right are focused on the problem they are trying to solve and designing an instructional model first.

9/24/2014

The Norwin School Board is moving forward with a capital campaign and forming a fundraising steering committee to create a STEM center at its high school. The district also will develop financial projections for the center.

9/24/2014

Red Comet introduced a brand new learning management platform that hosts all the courses on one platform. The new system offers better reporting and student progress tracking facilities.

9/24/2014

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

9/24/2014

The Louisiana Education Department and three local public school systems have been awarded $1.7 million to prevent violence and address it when it occurs. The grants are part of a federal program to improve school safety since the 2012 mass shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn.

9/24/2014

A fight for better funding in 16 rural New Jersey school districts has led to a lawsuit filed by the Education Law Center against the New Jersey Department of Education. The majority of the schools districts listed in the lawsuit and have been be inadequately funded when compared to other districts, the complaint argues.

9/24/2014

The Tennessee State Board of Education denied a proposed charter school in Cheatham County. The board made the decision following an appeal hearing with the supporters of Cumberland Academy and the Cheatham County school district. Two critical areas of concern were the financial plan and educational plan for special-education students.

9/24/2014

Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson proposed asking voters for a $223 million bond issue to pay for upgraded security, new and remodeled schools and a new aquatics center, among other projects.

9/24/2014

A big change is coming to the way Minnesota’s high school seniors are measured for their proficiency in learning. After 2013 legislative action, instead of testing seniors with the GRAD test as they exit, all 11th graders will be required to take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. The test will be paid for by the state and given at local schools.

9/24/2014

School districts are required by law to provide transportation, if needed, to fulfill students’ special needs and they use a variety of methods to do that. Sometimes that means transporting students miles away from home by car service, taxi and even employee’s personal vehicles to get them to a specialized school.

9/24/2014

Taxpayers pay both the administrative costs in local schools for handling the paperwork overload and the interest on bonds from the uncertainty in reimbursement. If lawmakers can’t see clear to ease the property tax burden, the very least they could do is make it easier, and cheaper, for schools to deal with state requirements.

9/24/2014

School Specialty, Inc.'s Projects by Design team worked closely with the Shelby City School District to outfit learning spaces in the new Shelby High School with furniture and equipment. Implemented solutions included student tables that can change configurations for different types of class projects to flexible seating.

9/24/2014

The Walker County Public School System in Jasper will integrate the Kids Making Healthy Choices app into its iPad-enabled health and physical education curriculum at Bankhead Middle School. The app includes the digital ebook adaptation of the Making Healthy Choices—A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids book, kid-friendly recipes, online tools and resources and more.

9/24/2014

LocknCharge launched two new syncing and charging carts specifically designed for iPad devices. The iQ 30 Cart and EVO 40 Cart are designed for iPad, iPad Air or iPad Mini device collections in school environments. Schools can store, sync, charge, secure and transport as many as 30 devices in the iQ 30 and 40 devices in the larger EVO 40.

9/24/2014

Eastern DataComm is now offering ShoreTel Sky solutions to its customers, joining the "Enabled tier" of the Champion Partner Program - Cloud track. The Champion Partner Program is designed to enable solution providers with UC expertise to provide ShoreTel’s end-to-end communications products and services.

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