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North Carolina bill would cut funds for school buses

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would reduce funds for school buses. The House bill would limit the number of spare buses and their replacement parts, while revising the state inspection process for school bus maintenance. The bill’s sponsor says the legislation would make bus operations more efficient, while saving about $19 million in recurring funds over five years.

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Second largest Colorado district hires Daniel McMinimee as superintendent

A divided Jefferson County board hired Daniel McMinimee as the next superintendent of the state's second-largest school district, despite controversy over the hiring process and transparency issues. He currently serves as an assistant superintendent with the Douglas County School District.

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House panel advances bill on school lunch options

The House Appropriations Committee passed an agriculture budget bill that included nearly $21 billion for child nutrition that would allow schools to opt out of White House nutritional guidelines passed in 2012. The guidelines added more fruits and green vegetables to school meals and reduced the amount of salt and fat children consume at schools.

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Promethean Inc. (USA) wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award

Promethean Inc. (USA) announced that its Promethean Planet won the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators. Promethean Planet is an online educator community connecting more than 1.9 million members around the globe in a collaborative environment. 

New InFocus JTouch turns devices into large touchscreens

InFocus Corporation has addded the 65-inch JTouch model to in its line-up of large-format 1080p, LCD displays that turn notebooks into massive touchscreens. Like the previously released 55-inch and 70-inch JTouch models, the 65-inch device connects to a notebook – PC or Mac – with an HDMI cable, VGA, USB Type-A, or wirelessly via the InFocus LiteShow adapter.

In schools where sports may be most vital, New York City offers little help

Many schools are unable to meet the city's Public Schools Athletic League's financing requirements that include the perceived level of interest at the school, availability of coaches, and enough students who could satisfy the league’s academic eligibility rules. The Small Schools Athletic League was created three years ago when the new smaller high schools could get few or no sports programs with little support from the Education Department.

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Extron introduces compact two channel amplifiers for high impedance systems

Extron Electronics introduced the Extron XTRA Series XPA 1002-70V and XPA 1002-100V. The ENERGY STAR-qualified amplifiers have an high efficiency, advanced Class D amplifier design and feature patented CDRS - Class D Ripple Suppression technology.

Los Angeles district selects IBA’s emergency management app

The Los Angeles USD has selected Irving Burton Associates’ In Case of Crisis emergency preparedness mobile app. With three versions planned for faculty, parents, students and the greater community (select versions will also be developed in Spanish), the mobile app will provide guidance on specific emergencies. The district enrolls more than 650,000 K12 students. 

Judge rules Alabama Accountability Act unconstitutional

A Montgomery County judge ruled that the Alabama Accountability Act, the school choice law passed by the state legislature in 2013, is unconstitutional. The judge issued an injunction blocking implementation of the law prospectively. The decision will be appealed.

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Seven cities to share $1 million to start STEM mentoring programs

Discovery Communications and US2020 are partnering to bolster US2020’s goal of matching 1 million STEM mentors with students by 2020. Sponsored by Cisco, the US2020 City Competition's winning city coalitions, representing over 200 companies and organizations, developed innovative models to increase the number of mentors. The winners will share $1 million in financial, consulting and staff support.

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