K12 Headlines

2/3/2012

2/3/2012

A committee of the Vermont Senate heard from parents and educators who want to expand the limited school choice now available in the state.

2/3/2012

For the first time in three years, New York City teachers are not being threatened with layoffs, “unless something dramatic happens,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, announcing his preliminary budget.

2/3/2012

Standing near the slide at a school playground in West Hartford, Conn., Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Thursday outlined a $12 million proposal to increase access to preschool and improve the quality of early childhood programs.

2/3/2012

Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott must feel a bit misunderstood. He's getting both praise and heavy criticism for railing about what's gone wrong with standardized testing in Texas public schools.

2/3/2012

A special lottery fund created to reward Florida schools for boosting grades has been cut to the point that the state Department of Education wasn't sure there would be enough to go around this year.

2/3/2012

The cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools system spends tens of millions of dollars annually on a perk that few other employers offer: cash to departing employees for unused time off.

2/2/2012

2/2/2012

Humansville R-VI School District in Missouri is experiencing an explosion in student achievement with student math proficiency scores increasing from a 26.9 percent proficiency rate to 40.1 percent with the help of PD 360.

2/2/2012

New York City public advocate Bill De Blasio is planning to introduce a task force to reform career and technical education in high schools. His six-point plan includes new legislation to make sure job trends and CTE programs match up, and a scholarship fund to help students earn industry certification upon graduation.

2/2/2012

The finalists for Online Teacher of the Year are Leslie Fetzer from North Carolina Virtual Public School, Tracy Seiler from the South Carolina Virtual School Program, and Asherrie Yisrael from Georgia Virtual School. Winners will be announced March 1.

2/2/2012

Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson and Rep. Bruce Braley recently introduced the Shawn Johnson Fitness for Life Act in Iowa. The bill aims to improve PE programs and get students excited about exercise by using technology such as heart monitors and computerized fitness programs.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president
2/2/2012

Jill Duffy of PCMag.com may have said it best: "Apple brings a spotlight with it everywhere it goes, and people pay attention to anything caught in its glow."

Rumors of the new and improved iBooks application began swirling weeks before Apple's anticipated announcement on Jan. 19, but perhaps no one was expecting the tidal wave of media coverage that proclaimed the company's venture into the textbook industry to be the Holy Grail of K12 learning. After all, iPads are hardly new, nor are their netbook predecessors or online learning material, for that matter.

2/2/2012

iParadigms, creators of Turnitin and the leader in originality checking and online grading, has been named the winner of the eSchool Media 2012 Readers’ Choice Award and the 2011 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award.

2/2/2012

Findaway World, LLC and Follett Library Resources jointly announced the launch of Catalist Digital, a new digital audiobook platform, into the PreK-12 school market.

2/2/2012

The 2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge gives students from around the world the chance to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life to solve some of the world’s most challenging issues. The deadline is Feb. 14.

2/2/2012

Durham, North Carolina leaders are taking a stand against a new charter high school planned for the Research Triangle Park area, saying it will siphon money from traditional public schools and lead to further racial segregation.

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