K12 Headlines

3/19/2015

3/19/2015

Since the beginning of 2014, when Colorado's first retail marijuana shops opened, $15.6 million has been generated in tax revenue that is specifically earmarked for public schools through the Building Excellent Schools Today grant program.

3/19/2015

The Michigan school district's board is considering policies to keep concealed pistol license holders from openly carrying guns on campus, which is legal in the state. Policies could make Ann Arbor schools either weapon- or disruption-free zones.

3/19/2015

With new additions, a bill designed to improve Ohio’s charter-school laws would require charter-school operator contracts and the names of school-board members to be posted online for public view. It would alos require charter-school boards and administrative staff to undergo annual public-records and open-meetings training.

3/19/2015

The proposed bill would eliminate an 11th-grade English test and a requirement that local school districts create tests in every subject not covered by the new Florida Standards Assessment. It also allows the school year to begin as early as August 10.

3/19/2015

The new edition of Building Blocks includes 50 percent more games, increased support through grade 8 based on Common Core and state standards and iPad accessibility. The supplemental math program uses games, adaptive learning technology and personalized lessons to improve student math skills.

3/19/2015

The approved legislation would allow the establishment of up to 10 start-up charter schools a year for five years, and allow an unlimited number of conversion schools. Teachers working in charter schools would not be required to have certifications. The bill now goes to the Senate.

3/19/2015

Local governments in Baldwin County are voting on resolutions encouraging residents to support the March 31 referendum aimed at raising revenue to support a 10-year, $350 million school construction plan. The Spanish Fort City Council is the latest group to approve the resolution.

3/19/2015

School districts would have to share local school construction and maintenance money with charter schools, according to a proposed amendment. It would require half of the money raised by an optional local property tax to be split between charter and traditional schools on a per-student basis.

3/19/2015

When the Senate receives the House's long-overdue charter school reform bill, it should retain its better features while incorporating the stronger policy sought by Gov. Tom Wolf. His plan would re-establish a state reimbursement to districts, require annual charter school audits and establish a standard base tuition rate.

3/19/2015

The Wisconsin district's board of education set a public hearing on its plan to borrow up to $50 million primarily to rebuild two schools and add an addition to a third.

3/19/2015

Accountability should shift back to what we do for kids, rather than what they’ve done for us with their test scores. Each person should be held accountable only for what he or she can control — the educators for providing an environment that stimulates individual learning, and the community for providing sufficient funding to enable them to carry this out equitably.

3/19/2015

The free educational program shows students the essentials of becoming successful micro-entrepreneurs and how to benefit local communities. In five curriculum modules, students learn about business basics, micro-enterprises, business plans, finance and marketing.

3/19/2015

A measure was approved by the Iowa House that would change the collective bargaining process for teachers and other school employees. Currently, arbitrators assigned to disputes between the teachers union and the state over wages, benefits or other contractual matters must choose from the two offers. The new provision would allow arbitrators to choose a compromise point between the offers.

3/19/2015

Middlebury Interactive Languages and Fuel Education launched a suite of digital instructional materials designed to boost language acquisition and achievement for English language learners. The new programs include digital curriculum frameworks for elementary and middle school students and teacher professional development.

3/18/2015

3/18/2015

With the failure of his predecessor's 1-to-1 plan for LAUSD, current Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he plans to provide computers to students as needed for instruction or testing. LAUSD will still have to find resources to fund the curriculum and maintenance for the 120,000 iPads and 18,000 laptops already purchased.

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