K12 Headlines

9/30/2011

9/30/2011

A plan to make Idaho the first state to require students to take at least two credits online will officially go before the public for comment next week.

9/30/2011

Choosing a pre-school, daycare or Head Start program for a young child can be a confusing experience for parents, but Chicago hopes to make it easier with a new five-star rating system unveiled Wednesday.

9/30/2011

A formal complaint has been filed with state ethics regulators alleging that the Iowa Education Department director violated state law by accepting a free trip to a conference in Rio de Janeiro.

The complaint alleges Jason Glass violated the law when he was one of a dozen state education officials who accepted the trip, paid for by the Pearson Foundation, the nonprofit arm of one of the largest developers of educational assessments.

The complaint was filed Tuesday and the trip was in mid-September.

9/30/2011

The number of homeless students enrolled in Oregon schools is on the rise, according to the latest numbers from the The Oregon Department of Education.

Statewide, 20,545 students were in unstable housing during the 2010-2011 school year.

Statewide, the number of homeless students was up by about 1,500 from the year before, and has doubled since the state started taking a homeless student count during the 2003-2004 school year.

9/30/2011

The U.S. Department of Education recently recognized three northeast Queens elementary schools as among the most successful in the nation.

Both the Early Childhood School for Science and Technology (PS 130) and PS 159 in Bayside as well as PS 173 in Fresh Meadows received the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools award in the high-performing schools category, which measures performances in English language arts and mathematics, especially at schools with disadvantaged students.?

9/30/2011

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 are now available for Windows and Mac OS users. New features enable students to more easily produce meaningful images, professional-looking movies, and digital stories that combine photos and videos in creative ways.

9/30/2011

Once a school or library is registered into the program, it begins to accumulate points based on the books it buys. Each dollar spent by the institution is converted into points at the rate of one dollar/one point. The points are tallied until one of four cash-in levels is reached and the free books are awarded.

9/30/2011

Sweet-natured dogs lolling about classrooms are helping take a bite out of bullying--and other bad behaviors--in Kansas City schools.

No More Bullies teaches, with dogs' help, responsibility, compassion, self-control and integrity. Since its small launch five years ago, teachers and counselors have become so convinced of the positive impact on kids' behavior that it's booked into the 80-classroom max it can handle, and there's a long waiting list of requests for next year.

9/30/2011

The $4 billion in cuts to Texas public schools this summer might be starting to hit Gov. Rick Perry where it hurts most--his record on creating jobs.

Texas lost 900 jobs in local school districts in August, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. August is when back-to-school hiring typically resumes after districts purge payrolls in the summer, yet districts statewide kept shedding jobs last month for the first time since at least 1990.

9/30/2011

The lingering institutional wisdom when it comes to education is that increased spending will bring about improved results--even as history continues to reveal otherwise.

For example, recent reports indicate that though education spending has increased 64 percent since the inception of the federal No Child Left Behind program, there has been little improvement in America?s test scores. Meanwhile, American schools continue to make little progress against other industrialized nations.

9/30/2011

Massachusetts is joining a growing number of states in seeking a waiver from an unpopular provision of the federal No Child Left Behind Act that has cast hundreds of schools in a harsh light, a top state education official announced yesterday.

9/30/2011

With years of lagging state support behind them and seeing little chance of a turnaround in the future, about a third of Minnesota school districts intend to go to their taxpayers for help this fall, the Minnesota School Boards Association reported Wednesday.

"When you're in a school district and you look at how the state has been funding schools for the past 10 years, and you look forward to what to expect, it's not too good," said Greg Abbott, association spokesman.

9/30/2011

Ninety-six percent of Virginia's public schools are fully accredited for the 2011-12 school year.

The Virginia Department of Education made the announcement Thursday. The accreditation is based on performance of students on Standards of Learning and other state assessments during 2010-11.

Ninety-six percent of Virginia?s 1,838 public schools are fully accredited and meeting all state standards for achievement in English, mathematics, history and science--and graduation, in the case of high schools--the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) announced today.

9/30/2011

A standing-room-only crowd of 400 angry and tearful parents, children and teachers railed against the Oakland school board Tuesday night as it pushed forward a proposal to close five elementary schools and eliminate eight others through consolidation.

9/30/2011

Standardized tests should rank students by percentile and rate teachers in teams, according to a new policy brief by Derek Neal, an economics professor at the University of Chicago.

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