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Houston ISD Plans to Give Laptops to High Schoolers

Houston ISD officials announced Thursday that it is prepared to give students at up to 18 high schools their own laptops next school year, becoming among the first big-city districts to launch a one-to-one computing program.

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Orleans Parish Board Fails to Properly Track Money Shared with RSD

The Orleans Parish School Board is not properly accounting for the money it shares with the Recovery School District, resulting in $2.1 million misspent in fiscal year 2011, according to a report released yesterday by the Bureau of Governmental Research.

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Michael Bloomberg Donates $350,000 to L.A. School Board Race

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg donated $350,000 to the Los Angeles school board campaign this week, records show. Bloomberg's contribution, which was filed Tuesday, will enlarge the already sizable war chest of the Coalition for School Reform, a political action committee led by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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Start-Up Education and the Digital Economy

While mastering certain skills—like the ability to write a cohesive essay, or to solve basic logic puzzles—is helpful, and necessary to any entrepreneurial venture, entrepreneurship can only be learned through hands-on experience.

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Backlash Grows Against State Education Standards in Michigan

Lawmakers in Michigan are taking the lead to stop education standards developed and pushed by governors and school leaders across the country. The state House on Wednesday passed an amendment, attached to the Education Department budget, that prohibits any funding for the controversial Common Core system.

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Gov. Jerry Brown Promises Fight Over Education Overhaul

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday promised lawmakers "the battle of their lives" if they balk at his bid to overhaul state education. A day after Democratic state senators announced their differences with him over his proposal to change the way schools are funded, the governor came out swinging.

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Getting Latino Parents Involved in Their Kids' Education

General Mills is teaming up with a civil rights group to help get Latino parents more involved in their children's education. The Minneapolis-based company's Box Tops for Education program is partnering with the National Council of La Raza for the program "Committed Parents: Supporting Your Child's Success."

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Superintendent Takes Over Parsippany (N.J.) School District

John Fitzsimons took the reins of the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District Tuesday. Fitzsimons, who retired in 2011 as superintendent for the Lawrence, N.Y. school district, officially began his position as interim superintendent on April 23 following the departure of Lee Seitz. Seitz, who announced his retirement effective May 15, left the district Tuesday to exhaust his unused leave.

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Smithtown (N.Y.) Superintendent Creates New Administrative Position

Smithtown Superintendent Anthony Annunziato created a new administrative staff position on Tuesday night, promising its the first of many reorganizational changes to come. Deborah Vertovez was appointed interim assistant superintendent starting May 6.

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Blackboard Collaborate

To change the way teachers teach today’s active learners, we must change the way teachers learn using the learning technologies and media already embraced by their students, such as Blackboard Collaborate.

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