K12 Headlines

3/18/2015

3/18/2015

Many charter schools have a high number of teachers with little experience or instructors who are teaching outside of their certified subject areas, an analysis found. However, most of the charter schools with fewer teachers holding proper licenses and masters degrees still post higher scores on standardized tests than their district counterparts.

3/18/2015

A Portland elementary school has put an alternative discipline approach on hold after parents complained that it caused their kids to feel humiliated. While the district widely uses community-service discipline to give out chores that match a student's misbehavior, the methods in question have been temporarily put on hold at the K8 school in order to ensure it’s being used appropriately.

3/18/2015

The future of the New Jersey district's school resource officer program remains uncertain amidst a simmering conflict between the board of education and municipality. The district is considering replacing two full-time police officers currently employed as school resource officers and two community education officers with a private security force.

3/18/2015

Boulder Valley, Cherry Creek and Poudre school districts have purchased Excent's Enrich, a web-based special needs software platform that provides compliance assurance and functionality, teacher ease of use, and an IT architecture designed for future special program needs.

3/18/2015

The four new digital packages — Picture Books, Award Winners, and Middle and High School packages — from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are bring introduced to myON's Publisher Program.

3/18/2015

Absolute Software Corporation's Persistence technology will be installed in a new suite of HP’s mobile devices. With the technology installed, K12 districts will be able to track, manage and secure the HP devices. The new HP Education Edition tablets and notebook are specifically designed for classroom learning.

3/18/2015

Absenteeism matters. The reasons that children from low-income families miss more school are varied. These financial, medical, mental and health support problems are difficult to resolve taken one by one. But many could be avoided all together if there were a higher baseline of support offered to low income families.

3/18/2015

Some schools find that racial disparities in student discipline must be fixed before they can address any academic issues. One of the ways to help in this paradigm shift is to engage students, teachers and other school and community authority figures in trust-building relationships. Mutual respect between various parties fosters a more inclusive school and community discipline system.

3/17/2015

3/17/2015

Hayes Software Systems now offers data integration services between a district’s chosen ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system and the company’s own TIPWeb inventory management platform to avoid duplicating data input and provide better data transparency.

3/17/2015

Honeywell and NASA's hip-hop physics education program, FMA Live! Forces in Motion, is making its way to New Jersey's middle schools this spring. The show is an interactive, traveling hip-hop concert that uses music videos and interactive scientific demonstrations to teach and inspire students to pursue careers in STEM.

3/17/2015

The Alabama county's board of education has asked a U.S. District Court judge to decide the fate of Gardendale's proposal to form a new school system. The board alleges that its ability to live up to a 50-year-old desegregation order could be hurt if Gardendale splinters off without first paying millions of dollars so new schools could be built for displaced county students.

3/17/2015

Pointing to increased high school graduation rates, President Barack Obama said he hopes that Republican lawmakers focus on educating every child and not shifting money away from needy districts. He's also calling for a focus on low-performing schools, annual assessments and investments in special education and English-language learners.

3/17/2015

Brooklyn’s once-proud Boys & Girls High School is in bad shape with an under 40 percent graduation rate. To counter Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desire to take over the Bedford-Stuyvesant school, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has chosen to use it to show that the city can fix its troubles without the state takeover Cuomo wants for many schools.

3/17/2015

The Kansas Senate voted to replace the existing school funding formula with block grants for the next two years while lawmakers craft a new method for funding schools. The bill is likely to face a challenge in the courts from plaintiffs challenging the adequacy and equality of school funding.

3/17/2015

Cañon City School District has named George Welsh, currently Center School District's superintendent, as its top administrator. He will replace retiring Superintendent Robin Gooldy at the end of the school year.

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