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Mutualink K12 debuted as multimedia direct link to first responders

Mutualink has introduced a secure multimedia communications platform to enhance schools’ safety and security by establishing a direct link with police, fire, EMS and other entities in emergency situations. Mutualink K12, designed exclusively for K12 schools, acts as a gateway for real-time voice, video, data and text communications.

Three schools to be closed in Syracuse, N.Y.

A high school and an elementary school will be shut down or drastically changed under New York Education Department rules. Both schools failed to raise academic performance over the last three years despite intensive state help. The state also is replacing a second elementary school with the new Syracuse Latin School.

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Maryland school is the recipient of a $7 million grant

President Obama announced a $7 million grant to Bladensburg High School, part of a larger effort by the administration to help U.S. students catch up with the rest of the world in college and career training. The award is a piece of the $107 million Youth CareerConnect grant program.

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New study shows sexual harassment and violence in middle school

A new study from American Educational Research Association indicates that middle school youth have experienced a wide range of upsetting sexual violence experiences that seem to be unaddressed by adults in these schools.

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Little correlation between education spending and academic improvements

According to a new study from the CATO Institute, there has been essentially no correlation between what states have spent on education and their measured academic outcomes. It seems America's educational productivity appears to have stagnated, as least as measured by the NAEP and SAT.

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Defying national trend, Minnesota increases gifted programs

The number of full-time academic programs for gifted students has grown substantially in Minnesota over the past 10 years—a rare case amid a lack of federal funding and recent cuts to similar programs nationwide.

Charter purchases over 300 refurbished laptops through Mac to School

Working with Mac to School, California's Academy of Arts and Sciences administrators were able to save the charter school $245,000 by purchasing more than 350 refurbished MacBooks.

Weld North acquires Imagine Learning and Truenorthlogic

Weld North Holdings has acquired a 100 percent interest in two Utah-based companies. Imagine Learning designs and develops language and literacy software for struggling readers, early childhood students and the English-language learner student population. Truenorthlogic is SaaS-based K12 talent management provider.

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On Topic: Testing the limits of testing

Journalist Anya Kamenetz says the fallout from test scores goes deeper than most realize. “It really only takes one school to be threatened with closing to destabilize an entire urban district,” she says. Her upcoming book, "The Test," is an analysis of educational assessment.

Education requires innovation in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh public schools are in need of innovation. A 30-person team of teachers, community leaders and officials, formulated by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and Great Public Schools, hopes to analyze a community-learning school model that has proven to be successful in Cincinnati school districts.

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