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Samsung announces enhanced version of Samsung School

Samsung Electronics America has incorporated major updates to Samsung School, its fully integrated one-to-one learning solution. Designed to be more intuitive and participatory, the latest version will be compatible with the new Galaxy Tab 4 Education.

Oregon charter financing group offers $500 million for school expansion

Portland-based Charter School Capital has co-developed a $500 million program designed to aid charter schools in financing facilities projects. The local group is teaming up with American Infrastructure MLP Funds to create American Education Properties LLC.

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General school aid increases for 2014-2015 in Wisconsin

Many Fond du Lac area school districts will receive an increase in general Wisconsin state aid for the upcoming school year. The Fond du Lac School District is set to get an estimated $42.8 million, up 6.3 percent from last year.

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Ohio district to open first bilingual school this fall

Toledo Smart Elementary is a new K2 charter school that will teach core subjects in Spanish and English. The school will serve Spanish-speaking students as well as any student seeking to pick up a dual language.

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School districts act to ban e-cigarettes on campus

A growing number of school districts are updating their tobacco policies to include a ban on e-cigarettes. The vapor products, which some say are safer to use than tobacco cigarettes, are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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FCC proposes $2 billion for school, library internet

It's time for the federal E-rate program that aids schools and libraries with telecommunication costs to catch up with the wireless, 1-to-1, texting, web-surfing generation, according to the E-rate modernization proposal the Federal Communications Commission released.

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Use student ratings in evaluating teachers

Although nearly every major college and university requires students to evaluate their teachers, many high school students are denied this opportunity. State law should encourage high school surveys as one component of teacher evaluations so that administrators can better remedy shortcomings in teachers and reward and retain teachers who receive positive feedback.

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Switch made to "smart snacks" in vending machines

Under new national nutritional guidelines that kicked in this week, schools that are part of the national school lunch program can no longer sell treats such as Oreos and Fritos. The "Smart Snacks in School" program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture covers foods and drinks sold in vending machines, on cafeteria a la carte menus and for club fundraisers during school hours.

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Oregon rejects sponsorship of Montessori school

The State Board of Education rejected sponsorship of a new Montessori school in Salem, citing concerns about whether the public charter school would end up serving the disadvantaged students it targets.

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Filament Games leads game-based curriculum with science series

Filament Learning, a division of Filament Games, debuted its first complete collection of game-based curriculum, PLEx (play, learn, experiment) Science series. The games provide interactive labs and exercises that allow students to explore complex science subjects.

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