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Security capabilities for offline devices introduced by Absolute Software

Absolute Software Corporation incorporated a new security feature, Device Freeze Offline Policy, for its Absolute Computrace product. This capability allows IT to set an automated freeze command for any device that remains offline for a specific period of time or is unassigned or misplaced.

Florida district's school board: Student OK to say 'God Bless America'

The Nassau County School Board has decided that the Yulee High student who has ended his morning public announcement readings with "God Bless America" can continue. The decision follows a cease-and-desist letter sent by the American Humanist Association that threatened action if the student continued uttering the phrase.

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Intelligent color added to Cree's SmartCast Technology

Cree, Inc. introduced field-adjustable color temperature for its SmartCast Technology-enabled CR Series LED troffers. The SmartCast Technology, combined with Cree's TrueWhite Technology, allows for better color quality, consistency and flexibility to control illumination.

Pennsylvania schools call on state for funding, fixes

The findings of a survey that asked more than 300 school districts about their financial health were released. The report shows that a few things have hurt schools financially over the past decade: pension obligations, funding for charter and cyber schools, and limits on property tax hikes.

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Okla. legislative committee questions legality of AP courses in public schools

The legality of teaching Advanced Placement courses in Oklahoma public schools was raised during a House Common Education Committee hearing. The proposed bill would direct the state Board of Education to review the AP U.S. history guidelines and bar the use of state funds for these courses.

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More high school seniors taking early admissions to college

An increasing number of high school seniors are taking advantage of early admission programs. The number of colleges offering earlier deadlines has increased by about 7 percent in the last five years, according to the College Board. And most of those colleges report that they are receiving more early applications.

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Philadelphia approves five new charter schools

The Pennsylvania city's financially distressed school district, one of the country's biggest battlegrounds over the expansion of charter schools, approved five new charters of the 39 that applied in a contentious meeting marked by protests, shouting and arrests.

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New York compels school districts to lower barriers to immigrants

Twenty school districts found to be blocking access for undocumented immigrant children will be forced to modify their enrollment policies to break down illegal barriers to education, according to the attorney general's office.

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Engaging students online and offline

Effective teachers weave engagement elements in their classes casually and effortlessly while average teachers try to deliver content. There is no question content is important but if a teacher is merely delivering content, there is really no difference between a UPS driver and a teacher.

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Ohio aid to charter schools could reach nearly $1 billion

If more students decide to attend charters next school year, charter school funding in Ohio will creep to nearly $1 billion a year, under Gov. John Kasich's schools budget, estimates show.

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