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Florida Education Dept. Revises Budget Needs from $400M to $100M

In October, the Florida Department of Education requested more than $400 million for digital learning in its annual budget request submitted to state lawmakers. The money was needed to buy computers and upgrade public schools' bandwidth and wireless access, it said. But now department officials say they can make do with just $100 million for next year.

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Kutztown (Pa.) Board Approves Spending for Infrastructure Upgrade

The Kutztown (Pa.) School Board approved a $171,500 technology infrastructure upgrade. "The vision is to provide reliable and current resources," said Dr. Christopher Harrington, director of Bridges Virtual Education School.

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New Jersey School Holds Fundraiser to Buy Computers

From 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 11, the Parent-Teacher Organization of the grades 6-8 Madison Junior School will host a special event, “Connections in Bloom,” to raise funds to support the need for advanced technology at the school.

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Muskegon County (Mich.) Schools Pursuing Tax Increase for Technology

Petitions to put a countywide school technology millage on the ballot in September soon will begin circulating throughout Muskegon County (Mich.). Eleven school districts have petitioned the county to seek the 1-mill property tax increase to pay for technology improvements.

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A Guide to Blended Learning for Elementary Mathematics

As blended learning is implemented in more schools across the country, administrators need to consider which online programs will most effectively drive student success. This web seminar, originally presented on February 14, 2013, addressed the future of education, the benefits of implementing blending learning, and how online programs can meet students’ unique needs.

Georgia District's Online Coursework Supports Rigorous Standards

The first thing Bartow County Virtual Academy students learn is that online classes aren’t as easy as A, B, C. They’re also not for everyone. Those also were early lessons for district administrators who opened the academy in January 2012 to 50 students in a former high school located an hour northwest of Atlanta.

Consumer Technologies Are Making Headway in Schools

Imagine access to your district’s email system on mobile devices tripling in two weeks. This is what Deb Karcher, CIO of Miami Dade Public Schools and her team faced after Christmas 2012. “Santa Syndrome,” a term coined by Karcher, resulted in the 50,000 users accessing the email system on personal devices before winter break jumping to 150,000 when the schools reopened after the holidays.

How Title I Schools in Two Districts Improved Their Writing Skills

Both Houston ISD and South Carolina's Richland 1 School District raised their students' writing scores by giving teachers professional development training.

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Clifton, Colo. School Exceeds Three-Year Goal in Just One Year

When your elementary school is in a town where 81 percent of the people live below the poverty line, a poor education may seem to follow right in line with a poor way of life. That was the belief at Clifton Elementary, a school that had been ranked among the bottom 5 percent in the state of Colorado.

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