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Who should pay to guard schoolchildren against Mother Nature?

It's worth debating what's the most fiscally responsible approach to building shelters against natural disasters: that is, whether to raise more money or to fund the projects from existing tax revenue. But leaving schoolchildren's safety up to the whims (and resources) of local voters is the wrong way to go.

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Mass. city to expand school construction and major capital projects department

Springfield's Department of Capital Asset Construction, which oversees major public construction projects, including new school buildings, will be expanding its ranks to include a new director, senior project manager and project manager.The department presently outsources these responsibilities to private project management firms for as much as $30,000 a month.

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Maryland orders study to find money for school construction

Maryland's Interagency Committee on School Construction has been ordered to work with other state departments on a study on school construction. The committee is charged with making recommendations to increase funding for school construction, including the use of lease payments or other alternative financing methods.

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Fuel Education expands 2014-2015 catalog

Fuel Education is expanding its portfolio of more than 500 online and blended courses and titles for pre-K12 with over 25 new additions for the 2014-2015 school year. Multiple new math courses for middle and high school students, new career readiness electives and more have been added.

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District Administration streaming SIIA sessions live

Today at 3:30 p.m., Eastern time, District Administration will live stream the SIIA Education Technology Awards Luncheon, where winners of the Innovation Incubator Program and the recipients of the Ed Tech Impact Award and Education Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced. At 9:30 p.m., the CODiE Awards ceremony showcases applications, products and services from developers of educational technologies across the K-20 sector.

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District Administration delivers live streams of SIIA sessions

Today at 7 p.m. Eastern time, watch as Innovation Incubator award finalists present to a review panel that will pick the “most innovative” and “most likely to succeed.” On Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m., winners of the Innovation Incubator Program and the recipients of the Ed Tech Impact Award and Education Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the Education Technology Awards Luncheon. At 9:30 p.m., the CODiE Awards ceremony showcases applications, products and services from developers of educational technologies across the K-20 sector.

Miami-Dade looking to turn vacant school land into community gardens

For years, the Florida district's schools have partnered with non-profits to build edible gardens as teaching tools at schools. The district is looking to move one step further by growing organic community gardens on vacant and underutilized school board properties.

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Ohio districts caught up in data-scrubbing scandal see ratings falter

The Ohio Department of Education has lowered the ratings of six school districts which previously misrepresented student performance. The action is a follow-up to the State Auditor’s finding that schools around the state “scrubbed” test results from lower performing students before submitting their data to the state.

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Colo. outreach program tries to boost immunization rates and reporting

In addition to requiring schools to disclose vaccination and exemption rates upon request, a recent bill requires the state Department of Public Health and Environment to create an immunization information website, help schools analyze student immunization data and establish rules on the frequency of submitted exemption forms.

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Sixth largest Florida district asks for $800 million bond referendum

The Broward County School Baord voted to ask voters to approve a 30-year, $800 million bond referendum this fall. The bond funding would only cover a third of the district's $2 billion in capital needs. The district is still determining which projects would get funded.

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