State lawmakers have passed measures in both chambers to set the public school year at 990 instructional hours over 180 school days rather than the current 2010 law's scheduled increase to 1,080 hours by 2016.
After 11 snow days so far for Jefferson County Public Schools and other districts, Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill that could waive as many as 10 instructional days for districts that have missed several school days because of the weather.
Columbus' Board of Education voted to close five schools at the end of this school year. The board also approved the resignation of former Independence High School Principal Christopher Qualls, who had been implicated in the district’s data-scrubbing scandal.
A new Harvard School of Public Health study comparing vegetable and fruit consumption before and after federally mandated standards in 2012 showed that the students did actually eat more of each while the amount of waste left behind remained similar to before the standards were changed.
As part of its Smart Education Networks by Design initiative, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released the first phase of guidelines for K12 CTOs and district leaders on the current and future digital K12 landscape. The guidelines cover best practices and offer solutions to design, implement and manage networks.
The results of a scientific research study on Benchmark Education's Benchmark Literacy reading program among K6 students in several Virginia schools showed that the program helped 11 percent more students score proficient or advanced on Virginia's SOL test than their state’s average.
The Cleveland district agreed to support two new charter schools. The Lakeshore Intergenerational School will be in partnership with the Breakthrough charter while the Global Ambassadors Leadership Academy would be a city school running Mandarin and Spanish-language immersion programs.
An El Paso charter school is in the midst of a 2-year sustainability practice project. As students create and maintain a 1.25-acre community garden and outdoor classroom, teachers are also incorporating the project into their daily curriculum with future plans for green urban planning projects.
The Maine Charter School Commission voted to reject a Lewiston-Auburn school that would be affiliated with an imam tied to political upheaval in Turkey, but did approve the state’s first Web-based charter school.