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Why too many schools live in an analog world—and what we can do about it

Schools and districts across the country desperately lack technological capacity. When we recently studied unpublished data from the Software & Information Industry Association’s 2013 Vision K-20 Survey, for instance, we found that 70 percent of educators believe that there is simply not enough bandwidth in their schools.

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Rock Hill schools say digital textbooks help students succeed

Ask any middle school student in Rock Hill to show you a science textbook, and they’re not likely to pull out the heavy, bound book most people remember from their days in school. But these textbooks contain a lot more information, cater to many learning styles and offer teachers more ways to reach their students.

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Officials studying armed guards at schools in Orange County, Calif.

School officials in coastal Orange County are investigating the cost of hiring armed security guards to potentially patrol grade schools or high schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Trustees emphasized the exploration doesn't mean they are committed to putting guns in the hands of guards.

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Bill targets underperforming Minnesota charter schools

Increased accountability could be on the way for Minnesota's charter schools. If approved by the Legislature it would pressure charter school authorizers, the organizations that oversee the schools, to close chronically underperforming charters.

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North Carolina starting teachers to receive boost in pay

Starting teacher pay will be increased by $2,200 this year and by an additional $2,000 the following year. Funding for the proposed raises will come from additional and available revenues and will not require a tax increase, according to the governor's office.

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Philadelphia schools consider universal enrollment model

In Philadelphia, district officials are contemplating the use of universal enrollment to offer families a central online gateway to research their options and submit one application with ranked preferences, regardless of school type.

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Utah schools funding boosts don’t always reach classrooms

When lawmakers decided to boost per-pupil spending last year by 2 percent, many Utahns cheered, envisioning that cash raining on teachers and classrooms. In reality, much of that money was spoken for — by the state retirement system — long before it ever hit schools, a Salt Lake Tribune investigation has found.

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Portland Public Schools strike preparation: District would close for three days

Portland Public Schools would cancel school for three days and prioritize re-opening elementary and middle schools if teachers walk out on Feb. 20, according to initial plans released by the school district.

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Suit claims New York state shortchanged city schools during recession

New York State has shortchanged the entire public school system by billions of dollars, ignoring an agreement that followed a landmark court ruling in 2006, according to a lawsuit to be filed this week by an education advocacy group.

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Charlotte, N.C., charter school dreams fade in start-up turmoil

Less than four months after StudentFirst charter school opened, those dreams collapsed amid allegations of mismanagement, nepotism and financial irregularities. Overdue bills had the school on the brink of bankruptcy. Students were going without textbooks, losing teachers and taking long naps during the day, consultants reported. The board of directors fired school founders Handford and Moss, who are now suing the board they once recruited.

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