K12 Headlines

9/16/2011

9/16/2011

While adults tend to reflect on their school years with nostalgia, going on about the ease, comfort and fun life held when homework was the most intimidating part of their day, recent studies indicate that, these days, there is nothing to be jealous of.

9/16/2011

Publishing and education company Pearson PLC said Thursday that it agreed to buy online charter school operator Connections Education for $400 million in cash.

In announcing the acquisition, London-based Pearson noted that virtual public schools, which serve students who need flexible schedules or are home-schooled, are a large and rapidly growing segment of education in the United States. Virtual charter schools are funded by states and are free for the students who attend.

9/16/2011

The biggest overhaul to school lunches in the past 15 years is giving states heartburn.

The federal government has mandated a healthier menu, and state and school officials are trying to figure out how to cope with the added costs.

At issue is the sweeping Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that Congress passed last year at the urging of first lady Michelle Obama, who has launched a childhood anti-obesity campaign. The aim is to replace the junk food and unhealthy lunches common in many schools with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and less salt and fat.

9/16/2011

When Marjorie Allen began teaching in the Normandy School District, a new car cost about $700, and a loaf of bread was only 8 cents.

What hasn't changed, the 93-year-old Allen said, is her passion to teach others. She still reports to a classroom 72 years after she began.

School district officials honored the Bel-Nor resident as Citizen of the Month at their board meeting Wednesday night at district headquarters.

"I call Mrs. Allen, from my heart, a community treasure because she is that," Superintendent Stanton Lawrence said during a presentation at the meeting.

9/16/2011

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

Inc. magazine ranked SureScore, a leading provider of college readiness solutions, as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the nation, marking the fourth consecutive year that the company has been included in the exclusive list.

9/16/2011

Tacoma Public Schools closed before they opened today, as teachers continued to walk picket lines despite a judge?s order to end their strike that began Tuesday.

School had been scheduled to open on a two-hour delay, while the school district had asked teachers to report to work at their usual school start time.

About 7:20 a.m., the school district announced that schools would remain closed due to insufficient staffing.

9/16/2011

Sublime Learning?, award-winning provider of professional development products and services, has been selected to offer ongoing support for the Special Education Department in the 8th largest school district in the nation.

9/16/2011

MIND Research Institute announced dramatic increases in student math performance at 46 Schools in Los Angeles and a $500,000 gift from the Whitman-Harsh Foundation to support ten additional schools.

9/15/2011

9/15/2011

Fewer than half the states routinely analyze suspicious numbers of erasures on standardized school tests, a key method of detecting cheating by teachers or their bosses.

A survey by USA TODAY of state education agencies found that 20 states and Washington, D.C., did erasure analysis on all pencil-and-paper tests required during the 2010-11 school year under the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

That means nearly 45% of the annual reading and math exams this year were scored without analyzing erasures.

9/15/2011

The Palm Beach County School District stands to gain $98.4 million for construction and capital projects under President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act, the district learned Tuesday.

The bill, sent from the White House to Congress on Monday, is estimated to cost the U.S. Treasury $447 billion and is meant to jump-start the economy and create jobs. The bill proposes to allot $25 billion for K-12 school infrastructure, including $1.28 billion in Florida schools - and Palm Beach County is slated to get a piece of that pie.

9/15/2011

A businessman turned educator with strong ties to the Obama administration is Broward?s new schools chief.

The Broward School Board selected Robert Runcie, chief of staff to the Chicago Board of Education, as the district?s new superintendent, the first black man to permanently hold the job.

Runcie, a Harvard-educated computer consultant who was recruited to help clean up Chicago schools after an episode of mismanagement, will now head the nation?s sixth-largest school district.

9/15/2011

On June 8, News Corp., a media company owned by Rupert Murdoch, snatched two leading school district administrators to head its new education division. Peter Gorman, former superintendent of the Charlotte- Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools, is the unit?s new senior vice president, and Kristen Kane, the former chief operating officer of the New York City Department of Education, is its COO. Late last year, Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, made the decision as well to join News Corp. as senior advisor to Murdoch.

9/15/2011

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House approved a bill on Tuesday supporting the expansion of charter schools, the first part of a legislative package planned by Republicans to carry out a piecemeal rewrite of the main federal law on public education, No Child Left Behind.

The bill, passed Tuesday by a vote of 365 to 54, tweaks an existing federal grant program that provides start-up money for new charter schools ? currently about $250 million? and adds some quality control provisions.

9/15/2011

New Cobb County school superintendent Michael Hinojosa revealed on Wednesday that disharmony among his bosses weighs on the minds of staffers as well as people he's spoken with in the community.

Hinojosa, who took over in July from retiring school's chief Fred Sanderson, said before making any major changes, he would embark on a listening tour, asking 100 people their thoughts about the system's needs.

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