Industry News

5/28/2014

5/28/2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will continue the planned expansion of a Bloomberg-era pilot program where students learn about computer programming, robotics and web design. He also promised to open more technology-focused schools, including six-year high schools.

5/28/2014

Cyberbullying sparked media attention in dramatic, high-profile cases in which victims of online harassment committed suicide. These stories raise awareness of dramatic cases. But they overlook the dangers of minor, daily, mundane incidents — teasing, name calling, taunts that have a corrosive impact on victims’ quality of life.

5/28/2014

The Winnetka Public Schools will have a new leader when its expanded iPad initiative begins this fall. The board of education hired Maureen Chertow Miller as the new director of technology. She last served as the director of instructional technology at Deerfield High School.

5/28/2014

About half of Iowa's 30 largest school districts have updated their emergency response policies. However, some critics say the national ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) program being implemented focuses too much on active shooter scenarios, neglecting more common dangers such as violent crime.

5/28/2014

As part of the agency's Asteroid Grand Challenge, NASA is partnering with internet technology company Slooh. Slooh's global network of web-connected telescopes will be available for use by amateur astronomers for monitoring and characterizing near-Earth asteroids and for live astronomy events.

5/28/2014

InFocus Corporation has added the paperback book-sized IN1142 to its LightPro family of ultra-portable LED projectors. The LightPro IN1142 delivers a high-contrast, WXGA widescreen image at a brightness of 700 lumens.

5/28/2014

Reportlinker.com has announced that a new market research report is available in its catalog: Smart Education & Learning Market by Hardware. From the past few years, the market for smart education in K12 and higher education involves the implementation of innovative hardware, software and services and educational content to create an innovative environment.

5/28/2014

The tight budgets, coupled with another policy change that requires principals to make the difficult decisions on program reductions and staffing cuts, have led to heightened frustration, which boiled over recently with a handful of principals lashing out publicly against the Chicago mayor's administration.

5/28/2014

Esri, a geographic information system software developer, is teaming up with Amazon Web Services and the ConnectED government education program to provide a grant to make its advanced mapping software available for free to the more than 100,000 K12 schools. The contribution value exceeds $1 billion.

5/28/2014

First lady Michelle Obama stepped into the political/policy arena, criticizing House Republicans over a plan to permit exceptions to new federal nutrition standards for school lunches. House Republicans said the proposal would be a temporary, one-year waiver for schools that are having financial trouble meeting the new food standards.

5/28/2014

Congress is taking up a large number of education bills this year. Unfortunately, the issue it is ignoring is the one that most needs its attention: an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act. It would be an understatement to say that school reform is in a state of disarray because of this legislative inaction.

5/28/2014

The Baltimore school board voted to fully fund programs for gifted students, which were originally slated for cuts next year, and to tap its rainy-day fund to avoid layoffs and cuts to central office operations. The $1.3 billion budget will restore over $30,000 in funding cuts to the International Baccalaureate programs.

5/28/2014

The Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes to the way the state funds public education. The measure would require distributing public education funding based on each district’s level of financial need. The change would direct more state assistance toward high-poverty areas, with wealthier districts having to rely more on local funding.

5/28/2014

The civil rights group Advancement Project and the national community group network Journey for Justice Alliance filed three federal complaints with the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice. The lawsuits allege that school closures in Newark, Chicago and New Orleans discriminate against African American students.

5/28/2014

All Indianapolis Public Schools students will get a free breakfast, lunch and snack of fresh fruit or vegetable starting this fall and continuing for the next four years under a federal program the School Board voted to join.

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