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4G offers option for rural school learning

Rural schools that don’t have the ability to build or maintain a wireless network may have another option that gives students internet access in class and at home: LTE networks--a wireless technology that offers fast data download and upload speeds for cell phones and tablets.

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The Business of: Sports field maintenance

Installing a synthetic-surface athletic field can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. Any school district that invests in one and then treats it as a maintenance-free luxury may end up spending a lot more money on repairs and replacements.

Harsher penalties for school threats in new Pennsylvania bill

House bill 2351 in Pennsylvania would increase penalties for terroristic threats towards a school, and let schools know if a person who has threatened them is released from jail. The bill would make the first offense of threats against a school a felony, instead of a misdemeanor, as it is now.

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The e-textbook transformation

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.

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School building rebounds

Safety, flexibility and energy efficiency are the forces driving new school construction as administrations create buildings to rival college facilities to prepare students for the technology-driven world they will find in college and the workforce.

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Lake Wales Charter Schools caters to students with needs

The Lake Wales Charter Schools district in Florida faces several challenges, including educating a large migrant population and high poverty rates. Superintendent Jesse L. Jackson and his administration have made communicating with ESL parents a priority.

Teacher evaluation support report released

School Improvement Network released a report on teacher professional development policy in all 50 states. The report findings indicate that schools, districts and states lack the professional development and support needed to make soon mandated teacher evaluations a meaningful part of professional growth towards educator effectiveness.

Corporations commit to NAFTrack Certified Hiring credential

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) and nine companies announced NAFTrack Certified Hiring, a new academic and work-based learning initiative that prepares high school students for college and careers. The companies committed to giving special consideration to job applicants who, as high school graduates, earned NAF credentials.

Sunrise Digital announces stick-anywhere MagiCling posters

Sunrise Digital is now making posters on MagiCling, a material that allows posters to stick to virtually any surface. This thin 2-mil white film is electrostatically charged to cling to a flat surface.

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South Carolina education officials act swiftly to replace Common Core

Members of the state's Board of Education are expecting to vote on math and English language arts standards educators will use for teaching students during the 2015-16 school year as early as December, with a team of writers producing the new standards no later than August

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