K12 Headlines

9/22/2011

9/22/2011

Missouri education officials voted Tuesday to pursue a $60 million federal grant for early childhood education over the objections of a group of state lawmakers.

9/22/2011

GammaTech Computer Corp., a major international manufacturer and supplier of innovative notebook and tablet computers, adds to its popular line of cost-effective, high-performance, rugged mobile notebook computers with the introduction of the Durabook S15C2.

9/22/2011

CourseSites by Blackboard, the company?s free, fully hosted and supported online course system has been updated to include a range of new features and support for five additional languages.

9/22/2011

PCI Education announces the sponsorship of a grant in celebration of the company's 20th anniversary. Hosted on the online community WeAreTeachers, the grant provides special education teachers the opportunity to earn money for their classroom.

9/21/2011

9/21/2011

The federal government is making school meals more nutritious this year, but also more expensive.

Under a little-noticed provision of the child nutrition bill signed by President Obama in December, which brought more fresh produce and less whole milk to cafeterias nationwide, school districts are required to start bringing their prices in line with what it costs to prepare the meals, eventually charging an average of $2.46 for the lunches they serve.

9/21/2011

A dozen Kentucky school districts will share in an $8.8 million "integration grant" from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help implement new common core content standards and take other steps to boost instruction.

The recipients are the districts for Daviess, Fleming, Gallatin, Jessamine, Lee, Owen, Washington, Jefferson, Kenton, Magoffin and Simpson counties, and Jackson Independent Schools.

9/21/2011

A House committee gives unanimous approval to the so-called Facebook Fix bill, which repeals much of a current law limiting student-teacher interaction online.

A new law that restricts teachers? communications with students online has been the center of controversy and a court case that calls the measure an infringement on the right to freedom of speech.

Representative Chris Kelly of Columbia presented the revised bill to the House Committee on Education. He tells his colleagues ?we screwed this up.?

9/21/2011

Washington Township, meet Robert Goldschmidt. The board of education approved the township resident as the district?s new superintendent of schools at their work session last night.

As an 18-year resident, Goldschmidt may not be a new face around the town, but he?ll soon become the new face of the school district.

?We?re excited to get the district moving in a new direction,? Board President Stephen Altamuro said.

Speaking briefly during the meeting last night, Goldschmidt said he was eager to ?start to get a real lay of the land from the inside.?

9/21/2011

A judge said Monday he's considering giving Washington state's third-largest school district the option of replacing teachers on the picket line as a strike continued despite the judge's order to return to work.

"That came as quite a surprise," district spokesman Dan Voelpel said. "We didn't ask about that in court. He began speaking out loud about actions to impose next week."

It would be up to the district to decide whether it wanted to hire temporary replacements, permanent replacements or come up with another plan altogether, Chushcoff said at a hearing Monday.

9/21/2011

Louisiana's Recovery School District has failed to provide strict enough oversight of the charter schools it oversees in the areas of academics, finances and legal compliance, according to a report released Monday by state legislative auditor Daryl Purpera.

But the district nevertheless has made significant strides in boosting student performance and, contrary to claims made by many of its critics, is not getting more funding to do it than other districts around the state, the audit shows.

9/21/2011

Public schools in Wisconsin will have to make do with $800 million less from the state over the next two years, under the budget passed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-led Legislature. But state spending on programs that provide public dollars to private schools will see a net increase of nearly $17 million.??

And, for that, these private schools can thank Alice Walton and her family.??

9/21/2011

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina is the 2011 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education, officials announced Tuesday. The award is given to urban districts that make big academic improvements while narrowing achievement gaps.

The other finalists were Broward County Public Schools (Florida), Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Florida) and Ysleta ISD (El Paso).

The winning district and all three finalists have been previous finalists for the award.

9/21/2011

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the city school district can allow an outside group to run two long-struggling campuses.

The teachers union had sued to stop the Los Angeles Unified School District from letting Green Dot Public Schools, a charter school organization, take over all of Clay Middle School in Athens and half of Jordan High in Watts. The other half of Jordan is operated by a nonprofit group backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Classes have started at both campuses.

9/21/2011

Teachscape and Educational Testing Service have partnered to create the Framework for Teaching Proficiency System, the new system that helps observers make reliable, consistent, and defensible judgments of teaching practice.

9/21/2011

ASCD announces the addition of Efrain Mercado Jr. and Katie Hill to its public policy team. Mercado and Hill will support the association?s common core initiative to advance understanding and implementation of the common core state standards in targeted states and districts nationwide.

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