K12 Headlines

10/16/2014

10/16/2014

General state aid for Wisconsin's public school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, an increase of 2.1 percent. The actual amount of aid that the state’s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

10/16/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School will hold a lottery this week to cut its student enrollment nearly in half. The action came the same day that the Philadelphia School District opened proceedings to revoke the school's charter. The K12 charter has been operating with 1,290 students on its campuses though it is not allowed to enroll more than 675 students.

10/16/2014

The nonprofit First Book is expanding its free and low-cost new books offerings to include school supplies, educational board games, teacher resources and web-based programs.

10/16/2014

InfoSnap was chosen to design a customized online registration solution for Mooresville Graded School District that met its unique business process and statewide PowerSchool requirements.

10/15/2014

10/15/2014

Yosemite High School added a green technology and energy conservation course this fall. Among the topics students will study are water conservation and indoor air quality. Part of the curriculum model calls for students to network with industry professionals on projects such as a solar array installation.

10/15/2014

LAUSD's student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, made its debut this semester and promptly overloaded the district's database servers, requiring an emergency re-engineering, and causing numerous scheduling, attendance, grade and other issues. A quick fix to the problems plaguing LAUSD's system is unlikely.

10/15/2014

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School has appointed Sheila M. Harrity as the new superintendent-director of Monty Tech. She has been serving as principal of Worcester Technical High School since 2006.

10/15/2014

City education officials are currently creating a policy that would enact sanctions against using a phone in order to cheat during tests. This new policy would officially allow students to bring their phones to school but have them put away during class.

10/15/2014

High-speed broadband is in and phones are out, according to the recent FCC order to update the federal E-rate program. Administrators will have new funds to expand district Wi-Fi capacity, but will need to make up for lost phone and email subsidies when E-rate updates go into effect in 2015-2016.

10/15/2014

Students following a project-based, inquiry curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards outperformed their peers who received traditional instruction, according to a National Science Foundation study. The new curriculum also can help close the learning gaps among minority students in STEM courses and level the field between girls and boys.

10/15/2014

Norwin High School students who are interested in learning a skilled trade or getting technical training now can do so during their freshman year. The school district is now allowing ninth graders to attend the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in New Stanton, giving enthusiastic students a head start.

10/15/2014

In its third public symposium since Gov. Andrew Cuomo assembled a commission to advise how to best invest a proposed $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, Smart Schools Commission members called for faster and more widespread broadband services for all state schools.

10/15/2014

Net Texts’ educational materials and apps are now available to students and educators on iPhone, Android phones and Chrome. Teachers can find, build and customize multimedia courses from a library of more than 1,000 free Net Texts-curated courses and 21,000 free course materials from other providers.

10/15/2014

School Improvement Network and Swivl have partnered on a robotic accessory that lets educators capture and share lessons. The device uses an app- and cloud-connected hosting appliance to turn a mobile device into a lecture and presentation capture tool.

10/15/2014

El Paso ISD and CK-12 Foundation are collaborating on replacing paper textbooks with digital textbooks called FlexBooks. These are standards-aligned, fully-customized digital flexbooks built using the CK-12 platform. The change will start with select high school science classes, with more school subjects to follow.

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