K12 Headlines

5/13/2015

5/13/2015

The New Mexico school district's board passed a measure that will continue a renewable $11 million annual property tax levy to pay for computer equipment and other technology improvements in the schools.

5/13/2015

Tech companies are investing in initiatives to help diversify the industry. But "math misplacement" is a primary barrier that restricts the number of African-American and Latino students pursuing STEM careers. It occurs when students are held back in math even though objective measures such as grades and test scores indicate they should advance to the next course.

5/13/2015

Harford County Public Schools has launched a "bring your own technology" initiative in light of what the school administration is calling a dire lag in classroom technology available to students. Students were asked to bring their own devices and sources of internet access.

5/13/2015

Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers will launch career academies in four Detroit schools to help train 1,400 students in the engineering, manufacturing and IT fields. The academy students attend their regular high school but spend most of their day focused on hands-on projects related to their future STEM jobs.

5/13/2015

Rather than proving that education technology programs are hopeless, LAUSD's troubled rollout may have provided other districts and tech providers with an unfortunate blueprint of what not to do. Instead of getting caught up in the technology frenzy, districts should fully think through why the technology is important in the first place.

5/13/2015

There are six data security questions a director of technology should consider when integrating with an online student enrollment and registration system. As educational institutions move away from paper and towards solutions that house students’ data online, that data must remain secure and uncompromised.

5/13/2015

If American schools did a better job teaching about history and government, students likely would grow up to be more engaged, voting adults. Kids today wouldn't buy a cell phone without knowing how it works, yet schools graduate young people without a grounded understanding of how their own democratic institutions operate best.

5/13/2015

The Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit organization that former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his schools chancellors built into a fund-raising juggernaut, is struggling to attract donations. The fund, which raised an average of $29 million a year over the last decade, has raised just $18 million this fiscal year.

5/13/2015

As an early step in a decision-making decentralization plan, all principals in Denver will have the option to select and buy their own curriculum, school-based testing programs and professional development plans next year.

5/13/2015

As a global audience has focused on Baltimore's impoverished neighborhoods following the riots, education advocates are pushing for more money for schools and programs for youth. They are asking the governor to release $68 million in education funding, including about $11 million for Baltimore.

5/13/2015

If we want to re-engage learners, re-professionalize teachers, and re-think how we prepare students for a globally competitive working life, we need to follow the learners, and develop more open learning systems — ones that are outward-facing, highly collaborative, co-created and purpose-driven.

5/13/2015

An effort to permit school districts to spend reserve money to ease budgetary pain is on its last legislative leg. Some state lawmakers still hope to pass a measure allowing school districts to tap into their cash reserves, but key legislators say any proposal is unlikely to pass the Iowa Legislature this year.

5/13/2015

Louisiana understaffs its charter schools oversight offices and relies on charters' own reports and whistleblowers to uncover problems. The new report also casts a skeptical eye on the veracity of the data that the state uses to calculate the performance scores that keep charters open.

5/13/2015

Instead of blanketing schools with the tablets as Los Angeles did, San Francisco is starting in five schools and working only with first-grade classrooms. The Digital Literacy program is giving them to the amilies for free, loaded with hundreds of books, learn-to-read software and educational games.

5/12/2015

5/12/2015

A bill in the Legislature is aimed at returning, against the will of charter operators, some once-failing Recovery School District schools to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board. The bill has all the makings of a shotgun marriage, seeking to force a relationship that hasn’t been nurtured at the local level.

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