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NMC and CoSN release technology trend report

The New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking, with the support of HP, released the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition. It describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in K12 schools.

Spanish title series released by Rourke Educational Media

Rourke Educational Media introduced library-bound Spanish collections with science, history and social skills titles targeted for students in kindergarten and elementary and middle schools. The new Spanish series includes titles such as Green Earth Science Discovery Library, History of America, Little World Social Skills and others.

North Carolina district adopts Knovation's netTrekker

Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) in North Carolina will implement Knovation's digital learning resource library, netTrekker, in all K8 schools. As the largest public school district in the state and the sixteenth largest in the country, WCPSS will offer the educator-curated digital content to more than 100,000 students across 137 elementary and middle schools.

Philadelphia schools need $96 million more in budget

Superintendent William Hite said that the district needs an additional $96 million to offer students even a "wholly inadequate" education next year. In his last-minute plea for funding, he implored city and state lawmakers to invest much more in the cash-strapped system. Without the extra money, the system could see class sizes above 40 and more than 800 teachers laid off.

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New York City mayor touts programs offering extra student services

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is moving forward with several education initiatives to help transform city schools. The city will spend $52 million in state grant money to transform 40 schools into "Community Schools," which will include extra services for students and families, such as health clinics, dental care and family counseling.

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High-poverty urban districts strive to close the digital divide

Philadelphia's speedy Internet does students and teachers little good in many schools. The district paid for its Internet upgrades using the federal e-rate program, a subsidy that can only be used for networking and telecommunications, not for buying the devices teachers and students use to go online. Overall, the district has one computer for every two students with 60 percent of the computers being over five years old.

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N.C. school districts encouraged but concerned about state budget

Speaking on behalf of a consortium of the North Carolina's 10 largest school districts, superintendents from school systems in Cumberland, Johnston, New Hanover and Wake counties said they couldn’t stand to lose teaching assistants under a Senate plan that calls for roughly half of the positions in elementary schools to be eliminated.

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Leaders at odds on cost of South Dakota school funding

As South Dakota lawmakers start a study about the future of education in South Dakota, lawmakers and educators clashed over how much money they even should be talking about to improve schools in the state.

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Four-day school weeks possible with Iowa law change

A change to state law will make it easier for Iowa school districts to tweak the structure of the school week, giving them more freedom to try new schedules. Starting July 1, school officials can count instructional time in either days or hours.

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