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10/1/2014

10/1/2014

Under Frederick County's Technology Now initiative, its middle schools will receive hundreds of Google Chromebooks, paid for by 1 million in taxpayer money. School officials hope to receive additional funding to get the Chromebooks in all of the county's elementary and high schools.

10/1/2014

There is a technology revolution that is transforming high school football nationwide and creating opportunities for companies that supply equipment and services. Tech companies are creating high-tech football helmets and apps that track scores, stats, footage, recaps and more.

10/1/2014

Smart Lunches, a "virtual lunch service" that provides healthy meals for children in schools in seven states, has launched operations in and around Washington, D.C. Daily deliveries of Smart Lunches’ meals began earlier this month at a dozen area schools.

10/1/2014

As part of its $3.5 million award from the Race to the Top initiative, Bay District Schools recently transitioned to a single sign-on platform for teachers and students to access all school-related online activities. The district also is encouraging parents to let students participate in the BYOD program. It engages parents online through apps and online portals that provide real-time data about their student’s attendance, assignments and grades.

10/1/2014

The National Education Foundation is offering STEM grants, with no out-of-pocket costs, to any public school district or charter school with 35 percent or more students eligible for free/reduced meals. In addition to courses, the grant provides funds for teacher stipends, student motivational rewards and teacher training.

10/1/2014

The consensus of most current research is that classroom teachers have a significant effect on student performance and achievement. Until recently, however, there was little data available to determine the effects that superintendents have on student performance. In general, school district superintendents have very little influence on student achievement in the districts they serve, a study found.

10/1/2014

West Deptford voters authorized $16,784,065 in improvements at five of the district's schools, allowing the board of education to take out a $15 million bond for a multitude of projects, including am upgraded HVAC control system, new classrooms and more.

10/1/2014

The Flint School District might not have been able to pay all its employees Friday if not for a last-minute grant. No other specifics were given about the grant or how much it was for. The district is in the midst of a $20.4-million deficit and was hampered by the fact that Michigan schools don't get payments from the state in September.

10/1/2014

Hundreds of players have been pulled from games and practices, game rules have changed and parents have been involved more fully in what their teenage players are experiencing, a reporting project found. More than 100 districts were asked about their head injury policies, their budgets and other matters related to high school football. The project found rapid change in recent years.

10/1/2014

Pearson and NBCUniversal News Group's NBC Learn have teamed up to provide students and teachers access to more than 17,000 education videos. NBC Learn’s video library, which includes original content developed exclusively for the partnership, is available through Pearson’s Realize and its Online Learning Exchange platform.

10/1/2014

New York City is overhauling its system for evaluating schools, de-emphasizing test scores in favor of measures like the strength of the curriculum and the school environment, and doing away with an overall A-through-F grade for each school.

10/1/2014

The state-run public endowment fund, managed by the State Board of Education and the School Land Board, has become the largest educational endowment in the nation. Funded by proceeds from the sale of sulfur and water royalties, oil, gas, lease rentals and other sources, the Permanent School Fund has grown to nearly $37.7 billion.

10/1/2014

Casio America, Inc. launched a free mobile application called C-Assist. C-Assist offers educators a suite of tools that work wirelessly in conjunction with Casio’s portfolio of projectors, including the Ultra Short Throw XJ-UT310WN.

10/1/2014

High school student welded four large metal containers known as "amnesty boxes" that will be placed in four high schools for the safe collection of contraband such as drugs or firearms. The boxes would give students opportunities to rid themselves of contraband and avoid arrest before they reach their school's metal detector.

10/1/2014

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis. Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking. Creating a CTE diploma will help raise graduation rates and fill manufacturing and high-tech job vacancies.

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