K12 Headlines

9/14/2011

9/14/2011

For the first time in decades, Center City has an opportunity to keep families with young children in Philadelphia instead of watching them flee to the suburbs.

So says the Center City District, which Monday issued a report challenging the city's leaders and residents to capitalize on the stunning population growth of young people in Center City and beyond.

Many of those new residents are starting to have children, creating a baby boom in neighborhoods such as Bella Vista and Fairmount.

9/14/2011

Civil-liberties groups are suing a southwest Virginia school board for posting the Ten Commandments, contending that the display violates the Constitution's guarantee of separation of church and state.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Giles County School Board in U.S. District Court in Roanoke on behalf of an unidentified Narrows High School student and the student's parent. The lawsuit says the display unconstitutionally promotes a specific religious faith and serves no secular purpose.

9/14/2011

President Obama, continuing his jobs plan sales pitch to Americans across the country, came to a high school in this politically crucial state on Tuesday to urge Congress to pass the jobs bill, which includes $25 billion in funding to upgrade schools.

Appearing revved up and in campaign form, Mr. Obama said his jobs plan could achieve the double accomplishment of putting construction workers back to work even as it modernizes American schools. He made his remarks at the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School, which has recently benefited from federal financing to renovate.

9/14/2011

The third-largest school district in Washington state sought a court order Tuesday to force hundreds of striking teachers back to work, just hours after they walked off the job.

The teachers began picketing in front of Tacoma's major high schools. They voted overwhelmingly Monday night to strike over issues that include pay, class size and the way the district's teachers are transferred and reassigned.

The strike kept 28,000 students from attending classes.

9/14/2011

Paying attention in class may never have been so hard for children who started school Monday after the most-destructive wildfire in Texas history left hundreds of their families homeless and many with little more than the clothes on their backs.

9/14/2011

Research demonstrates Pearson?s Cogmed Training dramatically improves working memory, and students see social and academic gains.

9/14/2011

Chief, an industry leader in AV solutions, is being honored with a 2011 BEST Award from CE Pro for the Thinstall? TS325TU Medium Dual Swing Arm Wall Mount with a TA500 In-Wall Box.

9/14/2011

More highly rated teachers in D.C. Public Schools are accepting performance-based bonuses than in the past, American University Radio WAMU reports.

Of the 670 teachers eligible for bonuses, 70 percent accepted -- a 10 percentage point increase over the previous year, in which 60 percent of the 636 eligible teachers took the offer, according to WAMU.

Based on numbers reported by WAMU, the less a teacher was offered for the bonus this year, the less likely the teacher was to accept. The one teacher who was offered the highest $25,000 bonus took the incentive.

9/14/2011

Glogster EDU enhancements include live chat support and graphic galleries containing school subject images and a Teacher Light Account-offered for one teacher and up to 50 students.

9/14/2011

Voyager, a member of Cambium Learning Group serving the needs of at-risk and special student populations, features a Back-to-School Resource Center that offers an additional way for educators to access early literacy, secondary literacy and mathematics product information, including free trials of Voyager's online reading and math programs.

9/13/2011

9/13/2011

More than 35 percent of New Jersey's schools are now using Study Island, the web-based, high impact, low cost standards mastery solution from Archipelago Learning.

9/13/2011

According to a recent secondary school survey, only 47 percent of black males graduate from high school. Baruti Kafele, former New Jersey principal, provides tactics and strategies for meeting this educational crisis head-on.

9/13/2011

DynaVox Mayer-Johnson, the leading provider of speech generating devices and special education classroom software, introduces PCS Apps and Boardmaker Activities, which provide educators with time and money-saving tools that support learning for all students.

9/13/2011

Join Teachscape's webinar today (9/13) at 2 pm ET/11 am PT for a discussion on the imminent need for defensible, equitable, and scalable teacher evaluation systems and on how Teachscape?s new solutions address this demand.

9/13/2011

After years of offering private tutoring required by the federal No Child Left Behind law, school districts nationwide can?t prove that it has helped educational achievement.

While parents and tutors say individual students demonstrate big gains, only three of the 19 schools offering the program here met federal learning benchmarks last year.

California, Montana and Tennessee are asking the federal Department of Education to let them use the tutoring money for other measures to help students, such as longer school days and years.

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