K12 Headlines

9/16/2014

9/16/2014

Current law requires a prescription for epinephrine use in schools. The problem with that approach, however, is that approximately 25 percent of all first-time allergic reactions happen at schools, meaning many students and their families have no idea that they are allergic or will need a prescription until it is likely too late.

9/16/2014

Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin this week as part of a new statewide assessment program. Among the reasons for the visits are to identify professional development needs, assess the adequacy of school buildings, and determine if schools are in compliance with state school board policies.

9/15/2014

9/15/2014

A plaster-type finish to go over walls to bulletproof homes, schools or offices has been developed by GigaCrete Inc. The finish can help create safe rooms and bullet resistant walls for schools or any other building where ballistic protection may be needed. The company has just passed official ballistic tests proving it can stop five rounds of AK47 bullets.

9/15/2014

Truancy and chronic absenteeism rates across California cost school districts billions of dollars in state funding each year, and it's getting worse. About 250,000 elementary school students were chronically absent last year, which means each child missed at least 10 percent of the 180-day school year.

9/15/2014

Video games are playing an increasing role in school curricula as teachers seek to deliver core lessons such as math and reading—not to mention new skills such as computer programming—in a format that holds their students’ interests. 

9/15/2014

Leverage Applications' Mobile University Partner School program has fully launched. Available for iOS and Android devices, the university search apps let students search more than 4,500 schools nationwide by location, degrees offered, test scores, tuition and more. Students can also search approximately 18,000 scholarships within the database.

9/15/2014

Dynamic Path released its Praxis II PLT K-6 study questions, which include 200 review problems to test and strengthen the skills professional educators need for the Praxis II PLT K-6 exam.

9/15/2014

It's mid-September, and most schools have barely begun classes, but students at Rosa Parks Elementary School are getting ready for vacation. Fall break for the Portland, Oregon, elementary school starts on Sept. 22 and runs for three weeks.

9/15/2014

More schools are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to dissseminate everything from bulletins, such as closing due to inclement weather, to accolades for students and updates and final scores for their athletic events.

9/15/2014

The largest district in Oregon has long wrestled with how to balance a variety of choices with uniformly good neighborhood schools. That balance appears to be tipping in favor of keeping kids at their local schools, and away from certain specialized programs.

9/15/2014

Despite criticism that Camden's first co-location could become a physical embodiment of "haves" and "have-nots," the hallways look nearly identical, classrooms appear similarly stocked, and administrators in both schools say they are working together to prevent any feelings of segregation.

9/15/2014

In addition to the bullying policy, district officials are looking at other measures to make schools more accommodating for transgender students, such as gender-neutral bathrooms or special locker room accommodations. It's working with a state advocacy group to make changes.

9/15/2014

Two of the $5 million will go toward a Principal Innovation Fund where school administrators will get to deploy the money in the way they see fit without any strings attached. The other $3 million will go toward funding full-time technology instructors and supporting 50 “digital classrooms.”

9/15/2014

The Better Business Bureau is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for fake invoices for educational supplies. In just the last few weeks, the BBB has received more than 3,300 inquiries and nearly 100 complaints from schools in 26 states.

9/15/2014

Supreme Court has ordered the state to increase education spending enough to fulfill the Washington state Legislature’s own definition of what it would take to meet the state constitution’s requirement of providing a basic education to all Washington children.

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