K12 Headlines

9/22/2011

9/22/2011

At School 35, teacher Michael Ram's fourth-graders take turns standing in front of the class and acting out the meanings of vocabulary words: bewildered; marvel; reminded.

"There's always an opportunity to get them moving," said Ram, who even taps into the transition time between lessons for physical activity.

9/22/2011

As they prepare for longer school days starting Monday, teachers and administrators at six Chicago schools are busy settling the final details of teaching schedules, pickup procedures and extra enrichment activities.

Do they have enough security officers? Where will children spend recess? How will teacher planning time be allotted?

More important, they are making sure their staffs stand united, ready to teach an extra 90 minutes each day.

9/22/2011

The floors are just bare concrete, but students are back in classrooms at Moretown Elementary School after flood damage from the remnants of Hurricane Irene forced it to hold classes outside under tents.

Like other Vermont schools, Moretown had to adapt to get students back to school as quickly as possible--a top priority in the upheaval from the Aug. 28 storm.

"I think with the devastation that occurred there was this urgency to get our students ... back to some level of normalcy," Principal Duane Pierson said.

9/22/2011

It's time for John Covington, chancellor of Michigan's Education Achievement Authority, to start providing fuller and better answers about leaving the Kansas City schools in the lurch.

And while we're at it, let's hear from the board that hired Covington to lead a new district of troubled schools here in Michigan about how they sorted through his desertion of a school system that was at a critical juncture in Missouri.

9/22/2011

Wake County students, who have long enjoyed a wide array of public school options, are poised to get several more.

For the past three decades, they could attend a base school, which offers a general education. Or they could choose from magnet schools that offer lots of electives--from archery to classes in rap music and architecture.

On Tuesday, that menu got bigger--but not without some political resistance.

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.

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