K12 Headlines

9/19/2011

9/19/2011

On Tuesday, the Missouri State Board of Education will vote to determine whether the Kansas City School District will remain provisionally accredited or fall to unaccredited status.

While we are hopeful that the district will remain provisionally accredited, the board could change the status to unaccredited. This would be disappointing but not wholly unexpected.

However, the broader conversation should remain focused on educating the students of Kansas City.

9/19/2011

Utah parents have long had the ability to find data about their children?s schools online.

But not like this.

9/19/2011

WASHINGTON -- Arizona's college-bound students continued to score higher than the national average on all sections of the SAT, according to a College Board report released Wednesday.

The state also did a better job closing the "achievement gap," with white students in Arizona scoring about 45 points higher than non-white students, compared to a gap of nearly 60 points nationally.

Both the national and state averages dipped slightly from 2010, with the U.S. scores falling to a record low.

9/19/2011

The Education Department provided start-up funding for the new project, which promotes software and ?digital tutors.?

The White House announced Friday the launch of "Digital Promise," a nonprofit initiative meant to bring more technology to classrooms.

Digital Promise will promote the development of new educational software and will help educators evaluate which products are actually effective, according to the administration.

One of its first projects will be to research the potential for "digital tutors" to help students learn math and other subjects.

9/19/2011

Wealthy donors who once viewed the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a bureaucratic "black hole" now have a new way to give to the city's public school system.

9/19/2011

CDW-G and Discovery Education teamed up to award Piner Elementary School (Morning View, Ky.), Spaulding School (Gurnee, Ill.) and St. Veronica Catholic School (Chantilly, Va.) a state-of-the-art 21st-century classroom, which includes notebook computers or tablet PCs, an interactive whiteboard and more.

9/19/2011

Headsprout Early Reading and Headsprout Reading Comprehension are research-based, award-winning online programs designed to help students master both basic and advanced reading skills through an interactive, engaging, and personalized learning environment.

9/19/2011

K12 Inc., America's largest provider of curriculum and online school programs, announced a partnership with The New York Times on a first-of-its-kind interactive education conference: "Schools for Tomorrow: Bringing Technology into the Classroom."

9/19/2011

Since school started Aug. 30 in the Mt. Diablo district, hundreds of parents of special-education students have complained that their children have been stranded with no bus, dropped off at the wrong address, or have missed class time because buses were late.

The school board voted last year to begin transporting all special-education students on district buses this year to save money, by discontinuing a contract with Durham Transportation through the Contra Costa County Office of Education. But the plan has not been well-executed, district officials and parents say.

9/19/2011

In the spring of 1999,12 students and a teacher were killed by two gun-toting teenage boys at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., making school safety and security an overnight priority in communities across the nation. Eight years later, a second and even more deadly incident on the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where a student shot and killed 32 people, brought a renewed wave of concern and attention to security. But these two largest U.S.

9/16/2011

9/16/2011

Pixim Inc., a leading provider of imaging chips for enterprise security cameras, announced that Advanced Technology Video (ATV) has launched the P690WDR camera series integrating Pixim's new Seawolf chip, which is designed to capture the best images in any lighting condition.

9/16/2011

Summer will be a little bit shorter for Los Angeles Unified School District students in the next school year.

All LAUSD students on a traditional, two-semester calendar will begin the 2012-2013 academic year in August, which is three weeks earlier than usual.

The Board of Education approved the change. An attempt to delay implementation of the early start failed to be approved by the board on Tuesday.

9/16/2011

Where do babies come from? That may soon be more than just a question little kids ask their parents; it might be a question on a test D.C. public school students take.

The District plans on testing students on their knowledge of human sexuality, contraception and drug use.

The 50-question test will be given to students in 5th, 8th and 10th grades. It will be the first standardized test in the country that covers health and sex education. Administrators hope to give the exam this spring.

9/16/2011

Former U.S. education Secretary Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) announced Wednesday a plan to introduce new legislation to reauthorize the federal No Child Left Behind Act along with Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

Their bills would "fix" NCLB by strengthening state accountability systems, improving teacher and principal professional development programs, combining federal education programs and increasing the number of charter schools, they said on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

9/16/2011

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy and Hollywood philanthropist Megan Chernin have launched an effort to raise $200 million over five years to benefit local public schools.

The collaboration, in the works for several months, was announced in a letter signed by Deasy, Chernin and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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