K12 Headlines

2/25/2015

2/25/2015

The Idaho Education Network once presented the promise of high-speed broadband and Internet access to advanced classes for rural school districts. Its collapse is a complicated story with no real heroes, and one in which the winners are hard to determine. The list of losers, including Idaho's taxpayers and students, is growing daily.

2/25/2015

Annual, statewide testing should be saved, and it can be if moderates in both parties fight off special interests. But perhaps the most likely outcome will be to delay the decision for two more years, leaving No Child Left Behind and testing to be tackled by the next president.

2/25/2015

A highly debated bill to allow charter schools in West Virginia was “postponed indefinitely” during a Senate committee February 23. However, a move by the majority party brought the measure back into debate during the Senate's regular session the next day.

2/25/2015

Tennessee’s unique Achievement School District, which seeks to turn around the state’s bottom 5 percent of public schools, would be impacted more directly than locally operated school districts if the state again changes its academic standards and assessments, according to a new report.

2/25/2015

The Senate has voted for an emergency funding bill for school broadband services. The measure sends $3.64 million to the state superintendent to distribute to school districts, either as reimbursements or advances, to pay for broadband internet service for the rest of the current school year.

2/25/2015

The North Carolina Supreme Court has started hearing arguments to determine whether the Opportunity Scholarships school voucher program created by state lawmakers two years ago is legal.

2/25/2015

Evidence that financial education works is beginning to surface. Researchers at the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin recently found a direct tie between personal finance classes in high school and higher credit scores as young adults. Now, national results from a high school “budget challenge” further build the case.

2/25/2015

Louisburg USD 416 and Kingman-Norwich USD 331 have selected the Skyward School Management System to streamline student information and business operations.

2/25/2015

Too often legislators and educators worry more about K12 versus higher education competition for education funding than about how to combine resources to make significant improvements.

2/25/2015

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that the city needs to add more than 3,850 spots on sports teams for girls to be equally represented in high school athletics and meet Title IX provisions that prohibit discrimination based on sex.

2/25/2015

A public hearing was heated regarding a proposed bill that would allow members of the 141-member city school police force to carry service weapons in school buildings while classes are in session. Under current law, city school officers can be armed only while patrolling the exterior of school buildings and before and after school hours.

2/25/2015

Both Missouri Legislative chambers gave first-round approval to their respective school transfer measures, which expand virtual education options. The measures are the Legislature’s second try at modifying the current transfer law — which allows children in unaccredited school districts to transfer to higher-performing ones.

2/25/2015

Voters in 37 wards overwhelmingly endorsed an elected Chicago Board of Education — a non-binding outcome that nonetheless promises to stoke a long-running debate over the mayor's power to appoint board members.

2/25/2015

HMH Education Services is a newly formed organization that will offer a comprehensive set of services to K12 districts, including technical planning, curriculum implementation guidance, districtwide data analysis, school improvement offerings and professional development.

2/25/2015

The two new Spanish-language reading series in print format are designed for K2 students. Text Connections en español helps Spanish speakers read, analyze and respond to key text types while Soluciones helps struggling readers with foundational skills and oral language development.

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