K12 Headlines

1/21/2015

1/21/2015

Maryland should recruit successful charter schools to the state and consider granting them greater autonomy and control over teacher contracts, according to a new study by the Abell Foundation.

1/21/2015

Students, administrators, teachers and parents weighed in on a bill that would give three medium sized school districts the opportunity to build a high school of their own. A proposed bill in Montana would allow voters in certain medium-sized school districts to create their own high school.

1/21/2015

The Department of Energy will provide a $25 million grant over the next five years to support cybersecurity education. The new grant will support the creation of a new cybersecurity consortium consisting of 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, two national labs, and a K12 school district — Charleston County schools in South Carolina.

1/20/2015

1/20/2015

ClassDojo, a teaching aid platform designed for use in schools, updated its core offering to provide a specifically tailored view for teachers, students and parents. On the teacher’s side of things, the app allows for feedback to be given directly from any student or parent profile.

1/20/2015

The possession or sale of guns capable of firing 10 bullets or more without reloading would be prohibited under a controversial recommendation supported by the governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.

1/20/2015

Half of the Kansas state budget goes to education, which can justify more supervision. Yet it's hard to escape the sense that legislative conservatives, smarting from court rulings on school funding, simply don't trust those involved in public education and are going to considerable lengths to remind them who's really in charge.

1/20/2015

The nation’s second-largest school district is doubling the number of students served dinner, with an eye toward eventually offering it at every school.

1/20/2015

Research Solutions' Reprints Desk, Inc. subsidiary signed new agreements with University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Consortium of Libraries, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium to provide group purchase pricing incentives to more than 200 academic library members.

1/20/2015

Dan Brenner, the superintendent of Roslyn Public Schools in Roslyn, New York, is the finalist for the job of next Darien superintendent of schools in Connecticut. Brenner will retire from Roslyn effective at the end of the school year.

1/20/2015

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has chosen Pedro Rivera, superintendent of the Lancaster school district, as his nominee to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Rivera has been superintendent of the School District of Lancaster since 2008.

1/20/2015

Elmhurst Community School District 205's David L. Pruneau will retire as superintendent at the end of the school year. Pruneau, a veteran educator and administrator who previously worked in Michigan, was hired in 2011.

1/20/2015

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, South Texas ISD and South Texas College are partnering with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to begin a dual-enrollment nursing program. The program will be one of the first programs in the nation to offer an associate’s degree in nursing to high school graduates.

1/20/2015

The state superintendent recommended reducing testing by nearly 20 percent. Superintendent Richard Ross also made numerous recommendations, including eliminating the fall third-grade reading exam.

1/20/2015

As we enter the annual school budget cycle, Vermont's school boards are facing the perfect storm: declining support from Montpelier, lower enrollments, and taxpayer anger at rising property taxes. The automatic annual teacher salary increases we are seeing — driven by indexed salary grids — can't be justified on educational, economic or moral terms.

1/20/2015

With an overemphasis on testing students and the state and federal "command and control" mentality, we are on a road that will lead to a hard crash — we are paving the road just as we drive on it. We have no say about the road conditions, how fast we must move or what our destination is. When we do crash, what will happen to our children?

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