K12 Headlines

4/16/2015

4/16/2015

The state Senate passed a controversial policy that would allow parents of students at underperforming public schools to demand fixes from the state commissioner of education, including hiring new staff, contracting with a charter school operator to take over management or closing the school altogether.

4/16/2015

For the second meeting in a row, the Senate Education Committee has declined to vote on a bill that would allow school employees with law enforcement or military experience to carry concealed weapons on school property. The measure could still come up as an amendment to a related bill.

4/16/2015

Bowing to concerns from parents and lawmakers that children would be denied an education to which they are constitutionally entitled, a state senator delayed a vote on a bill requiring most California parents to vaccinate their children as a condition of enrolling them in private or public schools.

4/16/2015

Students from a school where all staff members will get pink slips because of uncertainty about Iowa school funding took a school-approved field trip to Des Moines to lobby for a 4 percent increase in supplemental school aid.

4/15/2015

4/15/2015

A $25 million donation will be made over the next five years by a Sioux Falls philanthropist, and the state will match that amount to create technical school scholarships for high school students in South Dakota.

4/15/2015

With the launch of the new Technology Initiative Task Force last week, LAUSD is restarting its approach to integrating technology and instruction after the last effort ended with an FBI probe. The new initiative will be characterized by public access to information and community input and a goal to avoid the previous one-size-fits-all approach.

4/15/2015

Armed with cell phones and a dizzying array of social media choices, one-half of middle school and high school students in a recent study admitted to social media abuse — from bullying schoolmates to spreading rumors to pressuring others to send sexual texts or pictures. They also confessed to stalking their partners.

4/15/2015

We should rely on teachers (and students) to drive the use of technology in our schools and allow them the freedom to select the resources that work well in their individual classrooms. We should provide professional development that supports their efforts to become the best teacher — not the best iPad or SmartBoard user.

4/15/2015

The ProjectCSGIRLS' national computer science competition for middle school girls is now open to all middle school girls residing in the continental United States. Started by a Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology sophomore, it challenges participants to build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem.

4/15/2015

Apps with anonymity features might give some students more intrepidity to check out interest groups they would not otherwise explore. But many youths take advantage of anonymity and are unaware of the consequences. Meanwhile, more districts are beginning to monitor student social media use around the clock to prevent students from hurting themselves or others.

4/15/2015

Internet demand is growing in Virginia schools, but some rural localities — including those in the Shenandoah Valley — experience challenges to improving broadband access for their students.

4/15/2015

Officially releasing in August, PebbleGo Dinosaurs joins previous database modules covering content for grades preK-3. The new database will feature articles for more than 125 dinosaurs.

4/15/2015

The Metro Nashville Public School Board needs to adopt tougher accountability and transparency standards for charters. The proliferation of new charters in the Nashville metro area is forcing existing under-funded public schools to compete for the same taxpayer dollars without proper checks and balances.

4/15/2015

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that seeks to cut testing in Florida's public schools. The bill was passed by the Florida Legislature last week, in response to a too-much testing outcry from teachers and parents across the state.

4/15/2015

The state's schools have to submit certified budgets this week for the next school year, but state lawmakers still haven't agreed how much money those schools can spend. This has prompted one school district to prepare for the worst case scenario by giving all its employees pink slips.

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