K12 Headlines

10/13/2014

10/13/2014

We should consider the ways in which edtech can help the next generation develop the capacity to use cognitive and academic skills to create a better world–how edtech can be a tool that enables better teaching of critical thinking, uncertainty, creativit and empathy.

10/10/2014

10/10/2014

Texas' Dallas ISD, which serves the five students who may have come into direct contact with the first Ebola patient on American soil prior to his hospitalization, have also been responding with Ebola fever scanners in five Dallas ISD campuses to monitor student temperatures. Another Texas district, Midland ISD, has also put a plan in place to minimize its Ebola risk.

10/10/2014

The city's public high school enrollment rose to almost 12,500 for the 2014-2015 academic year, an increase of about 10 percent from a year earlier, according to newly released records. Ninth grade in particular saw gains, which could indicate even more growth in the future. None of the two dozen schools lost more than about 25 students.

10/10/2014

The Kennewick School Board will ask for $89.5 million to help pay for five schools and various other projects as part of a proposed bond measure this winter. It would pay for two new elementary schools, a rebuilt elementary school and two new middle schools. The bond also would pay for other building improvements and land for future schools.

10/10/2014

The fate of an $800 million school bond referendum could depend on what voters think is in greater disrepair: Broward County schools or their trust in those who would spend the money. The Broward County School District is asking voters to approve a general obligation bond to a multitude of issues in the district's oldest schools.

10/10/2014

After a push to end Bible classes in area elementary schools, Rowan-Salisbury School System leaders said the classes will go on as normal while they assess whether the school is in line with the Constitution. The Freedom from Religion Foundation wants the district to stop teaching the Bible, saying schools are for secular education.

10/10/2014

Richard Matkin begins to close out four decades in public education with his last three years spent leading the Plano district's 53,000 students as superintendent. Matkin will retire effective January 30, 2015.

10/10/2014

Craig Witherspoon will resign his position as Birmingham City Schools' superintendent, effective December 31, 2014. Witherspoon has worked as Birmingham superintendent for four and a half years.

10/10/2014

The New Jersey city's board of education has named Silvia Abbato as the district's new superintendent. She stepped in as acting superintendent after the school's chief, Stanley Sanger, retired in June. Abbato formerly served as assistant superintendent of schools for curriculum and instruction for 11 years.

10/10/2014

The skin-tight, low-cut clothes worn by some students in schools can disrupt the educational atmosphere for both girls and boys. School teachers are the people held accountable for educating tomorrow’s productive workforce and engaged citizenry. Stop giving them yet another impediment to reaching this goal.

10/10/2014

The state government needs to resolve teachers’ health care benefits through a statewide plan covering all 500 public school districts. Taking benefit disputes off the table with a plan mandating teacher contributions and a wide array of benefit options would save money and minimize funding disparities among districts.

10/10/2014

A three-year contract was awarded to K12 Inc. to provide the academic curriculum for Pennsylvania's Agora Cyber Charter School commencing in the 2015-2016 school year.

10/10/2014

Quintron Systems, Inc.'s access control system, AccessNsite, has been installed districtwide in Kettering City Schools system by Copp Integrated Systems. The district needed to replace and upgrade perimeter doors with electrical systems integration for access control and video surveillance, as well as a new intercom communication system.

10/10/2014

West Virginia's Board of Education granted local control back to the Grant County school system. Five years ago, the state board stepped in when a report cited serious deficiencies within the school system including a break down in leadership, a lack of AP and honors classes as well as individual schools failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress five years in a row.

10/9/2014

10/9/2014

Vernier Software & Technology has expanded its offerings with the Go Wireless pH and the NODE+ CO2 Gas and Thermocouple sensor modules. Using the Go Wireless pH, teachers and students can remotely monitor and collect pH data. The CO2 Gas sensor module measures CO2 gas concentration in air while the Thermocouple measures temperatures.

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