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Kansas district considers $223 million bond issue for school upgrades

Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson proposed asking voters for a $223 million bond issue to pay for upgraded security, new and remodeled schools and a new aquatics center, among other projects.

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Calif. districts taking unconventional steps to ensure special needs kids get to school

School districts are required by law to provide transportation, if needed, to fulfill students’ special needs and they use a variety of methods to do that. Sometimes that means transporting students miles away from home by car service, taxi and even employee’s personal vehicles to get them to a specialized school.

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Louisiana receives $1.7 million in federal grants for school safety

The Louisiana Education Department and three local public school systems have been awarded $1.7 million to prevent violence and address it when it occurs. The grants are part of a federal program to improve school safety since the 2012 mass shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn.

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Pa. system of school construction reimbursement needs a fix

Taxpayers pay both the administrative costs in local schools for handling the paperwork overload and the interest on bonds from the uncertainty in reimbursement. If lawmakers can’t see clear to ease the property tax burden, the very least they could do is make it easier, and cheaper, for schools to deal with state requirements.

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ACT testing to be given to all Minn. high school juniors

A big change is coming to the way Minnesota’s high school seniors are measured for their proficiency in learning. After 2013 legislative action, instead of testing seniors with the GRAD test as they exit, all 11th graders will be required to take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. The test will be paid for by the state and given at local schools.

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Eastern DataComm expands ShoreTel offerings with cloud solutions

Eastern DataComm is now offering ShoreTel Sky solutions to its customers, joining the "Enabled tier" of the Champion Partner Program - Cloud track. The Champion Partner Program is designed to enable solution providers with UC expertise to provide ShoreTel’s end-to-end communications products and services.

LocknCharge launches two syncing and charging carts

LocknCharge launched two new syncing and charging carts specifically designed for iPad devices. The iQ 30 Cart and EVO 40 Cart are designed for iPad, iPad Air or iPad Mini device collections in school environments. Schools can store, sync, charge, secure and transport as many as 30 devices in the iQ 30 and 40 devices in the larger EVO 40.

Nutrition and fitness app integrated by Alabama school

The Walker County Public School System in Jasper will integrate the Kids Making Healthy Choices app into its iPad-enabled health and physical education curriculum at Bankhead Middle School. The app includes the digital ebook adaptation of the Making Healthy Choices—A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids book, kid-friendly recipes, online tools and resources and more.

School Specialty partners with Ohio community to furnish high school

School Specialty, Inc.'s Projects by Design team worked closely with the Shelby City School District to outfit learning spaces in the new Shelby High School with furniture and equipment. Implemented solutions included student tables that can change configurations for different types of class projects to flexible seating.

University of California grants approval of nearly 100 Fuel Education courses

The University of California “a-g” review board approved 95 of Fuel Education's online and blended courses. Eighteen of the courses that are approved through May of 2016 are AP courses.