K12 Headlines

4/7/2015

4/7/2015

Classroom24-7, LLC, an online education technologies and services provider, has been bought by Rizk Ventures, LLC. The company offers a range of services required to build large-scale online education programs.

4/7/2015

Students who don't participate in Kentucky's assessment system will receive a "0" score, which will be included in the school's accountability calculation, according to state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

4/7/2015

The teaching of yoga in Encinitas USD's schools does not represent an illegal attempt at religious indoctrination, an appeals court ruled. A three-judge panel upheld a decision by the San Diego Superior Court that the yoga program is devoid of any religious, mystical or spiritual trappings.

4/7/2015

The Senate passed a modified version of Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to promote charter schools in Maryland and sent it to the House. Some original language was stripped out exempting charters from union representation and requiring local school boards to provide more money to the schools.

4/7/2015

The new bill aims to protect current out-of-district transfer students but won’t require districts to continue to accept new nonresidents. Critics allege the bill doesn’t address the real reason the districts are limiting transfer students — budget cuts related to the state’s new law establishing temporary block grants for schools.

4/7/2015

Mayfield Independent Schools named Assistant Superintendent Joe Henderson as its next superintendent, succeeding Lonnie Burgett, who has held the position for 21 years. Henderson, who served as assistant superintendent and director of instructional programs since 2008, first came to the district in 2001.

4/6/2015

4/6/2015

McGraw-Hill Education released an updated tablet-friendly interface for ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces), an adaptive learning system that provides an individualized learning experience for K20 students based on their unique strengths and weaknesses.

4/6/2015

The Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System provides on-demand special education training for staff members who support students with disabilities. Scenario Learning is also developing the Exceptional Child Training Management System that will allow administrators to assign and track special education training and customize courses.

4/6/2015

Many high schools in the Houston area are offering alternative, vocational programs for high school students in order to help prepare young adults for the next step in their education or their career.

4/6/2015

Saying the city of Compton has failed to enforce its own marijuana laws, Compton school officials have sued the city for allegedly allowing pot dispensaries to set up shop near schools.

4/6/2015

Superintendents in the rural Midwest say that bringing children to school costs far more than state transportation aid and siphons money that could go to classroom instruction. With some facing declining enrollment, it’s even tougher to cover the expense.

4/6/2015

How a research team at the University of Michigan uses online role-playing to educate and engage the minds of Midwestern schoolchildren.

4/6/2015

Young immigrants who settled in the United States illegally as children are increasingly becoming teachers through a pilot program that recruits them to teach disadvantaged students.

4/6/2015

In an Oregon school, for 30 minutes after lunch, students sweep, mop, take out the trash and even clean the bathrooms — but responsibilities rotate so no one is stuck scrubbing toilets more than two or three times a year.

4/6/2015

As it stands now, charters do not have the legal and contractual protection needed to bring the promise of innovation to systems.

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