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Editorial: Art and education

Tighter school budgets and stingier state aid have forced many schools to cut funding for art and music programs — and, for that matter, sports, electives and foreign language programs. Class sizes are bigger, and payrolls are smaller.

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Soft sciences matter as much as ever

A report released last week bears out what many educators have been predicting: Amid rising college tuition, increased global economic competition and a job market that disproportionately rewards graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, students are seeking degrees in what they and, indeed, many in our nation view as lucrative business and hard-science disciplines.

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Supporters thrilled as Johnston (Iowa) School voters approve $41 million referendum

The measure requires approval by 60 percent of voters in order to pass; the measure received 66 percent approval to 34 percent no votes. According to unofficial vote totals from the Polk County Election Office, the measure received 3,599 yes votes to 1,852 votes against.

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Moline (Iowa) schools hire design firm, construction manager for Hamilton

School board members gave the district the OK on Monday to hire Legat Architects of Moline and Russell Construction of Davenport to lead the project.

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NMC launches free social media training for teachers — in Facebook

The mini-course requires 9-12 hours of participants’ time over a four week period and is targeted to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and other 21st century discipline educators at the K-12 and undergraduate level.

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SMART enhances collaborative learning with new interactive displays

The introduction of these new products provides teachers and administrators with increased flexibility in display and projector options, and furthers the opportunities for classrooms to leverage existing products and infrastructure.

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Teachers College's Harlem Ivy Project wins $3.5 million additional federal funds

A grant of $1.173 million per year, renewable annually for up to three years for a total of up to $3.52 million, will enable Harlem Ivy to build on its successful programming and partnerships in three Harlem schools.

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Samsung announces availability of Samsung School Interactive Classroom Packages at ISTE 2013

Samsung also announced that Eloy Elementary School District of Arizona is among the first U.S. schools to license Samsung School, with 24 smart classrooms being outfitted for the 2013/2014 school year.

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Discovery Education supports Common Core implementation with an enhanced multimedia platform for K12 classrooms

Featuring hundreds of model lessons, performance tasks and custom assessments, the enhanced Discovery Education Streaming Plus engages students with unique interactive features and supports educators at all levels as they integrate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into classroom instruction.

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Educator productivity, student learning get boost with new mobile features in Follett’s Aspen SIS

With the October release of Aspen 5.0, the system’s new mobile features will give instructors unparalleled flexibility, allowing them to spend less time taking attendance and entering grades into a manual system, and freeing them to spend more one-on-one time with students to help drive learning.

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