K12 Headlines

8/22/2014

8/22/2014

Connecticut announced that $132 million dollars will go to 30 school districts in the Alliance District Program to help close achievement gaps. The program is a partnership between struggling school districts and the state.

8/22/2014

Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program this new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society.

8/22/2014

Arizona must immediately increase its funding for public schools by about $317 million, a judge has ruled. The money is the first payment on a bill that will total $1.6 billion over five years. The judgment was issued in a lawsuit that alleged the state shorted the public-school system for four years during the recession when it did not fully cover the annual cost of inflation.

8/21/2014

8/21/2014

A California bill passed prohibiting school and college administrators and superintendents from making cash donations to both school board candidates’ and incumbents’ campaigns or legal defense funds. It now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown.

8/21/2014

Acer announced its new Veriton N4630G series commercial mini desktops for businesses and educational institution. The new models include the Veriton N4630G-i54570X with an Intel Core i5-4570T processor (4M cache, up to 3.60Ghz) and the Veriton N4630G-i34150X with an Intel Core i3-4150T processor (3MB cache, 3.0GHz).

8/21/2014

E3 Embedded Systems has developed its patent-pending Processor Independent Embedded Platform to support a number of embedded controllers. The engineered system is optimized for field-deployable industrial systems, educational development platforms and experimental prototyping.

8/21/2014

Schneider Electric announced that Vista USD became the third of San Diego County’s 42 school districts to have its Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plan approved by the California Energy Commission. The district will receive $4.7 million that will be used for a variety of energy efficiency retrofits.

8/21/2014

The American public has sharpened its belief that the federal government should not play a dominant role in public education, with a majority saying they do not support initiatives that they believe were created or promoted by federal policymakers, the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools shows.

8/21/2014

The State Allocation Board announced that it has awarded approximately $193.9 million for school construction projects throughout the state. It awarded approximately $100.5 million for 34 School Facility Program projects within 21 school districts statewide.

8/21/2014

Many Pennsylvania school districts have begun to cannibalize their long-term reserve funds to balance their operating budgets — a short-term fix that can only lead to more long-term problems. The situation illustrates further that the state government pays an inadequate share of public school funding.

8/21/2014

Buffalo school administrators said the layoffs were primarily the result of under-enrolled classes, but school board members said the last-minute layoffs are not fair to students and that class sizes are growing in struggling schools.

8/21/2014

In Miami-Dade, the least-experienced teachers are concentrated in the district’s poorest and worst performing schools, according to a report released by the National Council on Teacher Equality.

8/21/2014

Baltimore is expanding its Safe Routes to School program that uses green footprints on sidewalks around the city. The footprints point out the safest ways to get to school for elementary and middle school students. City officials said crews have improved traffic safety measures along those routes.

8/21/2014

The Alabaster Board of Education voted to allow its investment bankers to raise roughly $120 million through the sale of bonds for construction of a new high school, renovations and other services for the district.

8/21/2014

Most Dallas-area educators won’t be armed this school year despite a new state law that allows concealed handguns on school campuses. For the most part, school district police departments have focused on ramping up current campus security — fortifying doors and installing more cameras — instead of arming teachers.

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