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How to close the STEM skills gap

STEM fields will present graduates with the most job prospects and highest earnings. However, there is a disconnect between who teaches those subjects, how they are taught and how they are applied in the real world, says Vince Bertram, formerly superintendent of Indiana’s third-largest urban school district, and now president of Project Lead The Way.

Digital instructional materials outpace print in the classroom

Teachers now are using more digital instructional materials than print materials in the classroom, and publishers have been rapidly shifting their product development activities in the direction of digital to match the shift.

Washington citizens back STEM education in schools

Ninety-four percent of Washington voters believe every child should have access to a high quality STEM education in the state’s K12 public schools, but just 45 percent believe schools are delivering, according to a new poll from Washington STEM.

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Tracking the painful fall of the Idaho Education Network

The Idaho Education Network once presented the promise of high-speed broadband and Internet access to advanced classes for rural school districts. Its collapse is a complicated story with no real heroes, and one in which the winners are hard to determine. The list of losers, including Idaho's taxpayers and students, is growing daily.

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Kentucky computer bill avoids language classes

A Kentucky lawmaker got it right this time. A new bill to improve public school computer science offerings does not include a provision allowing students to count computer programming classes toward a foreign language requirement as it did last year.

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New math program launched for transitional kindergarten

MIND Research Institute is expanding its math program with the new ST Math: Transitional Kindergarten. The blended learning program includes math software, classroom materials and step-by-step teacher’s manuals covering algebraic thinking, geometry, numbers and operations, counting and cardinality, and measurement and data.

Georgia district requests over $30 million for tech upgrades

At $34 million, technology upgrades are the second-most expensive of the 24 proposed capital projects that the Muscogee County School District's administration wants to fund. The district is asking voters to approve funding to upgrade and replace outdated computers, increase Internet connectivity, and invest in distance learning and emerging technologies.

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It’s time for more racial diversity in STEM toys

Despite changing U.S. demographics, the default race for toys, games and children’s media remains Caucasian/white. While toys alone cannot alter children’s conceptions of race, we could do a much better job of showing children of color that they can excel in STEM paths by providing more and better depictions of underrepresented ethnicities in toys and media.

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Idaho Senate endorses stopgap funding for school internet

The Senate has voted for an emergency funding bill for school broadband services. The measure sends $3.64 million to the state superintendent to distribute to school districts, either as reimbursements or advances, to pay for broadband internet service for the rest of the current school year.

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Curriculum Foundry enables districts to manage digital content

Learning.com has released Curriculum Foundry, a solution that helps districts access, organize and share digital resources and share curriculums. Curriculum Foundry includes a searchable content repository of vetted open education resources and other free digital resources covering core K12 subjects.