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Massachusetts tech school names new superintendent-director

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School has appointed Sheila M. Harrity as the new superintendent-director of Monty Tech. She has been serving as principal of Worcester Technical High School since 2006.

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LAUSD's student information system becomes a technological disaster

LAUSD's student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, made its debut this semester and promptly overloaded the district's database servers, requiring an emergency re-engineering, and causing numerous scheduling, attendance, grade and other issues. A quick fix to the problems plaguing LAUSD's system is unlikely.

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California high school adds green technology course

Yosemite High School added a green technology and energy conservation course this fall. Among the topics students will study are water conservation and indoor air quality. Part of the curriculum model calls for students to network with industry professionals on projects such as a solar array installation.

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New York City will soon end school cellphone ban

City education officials are currently creating a policy that would enact sanctions against using a phone in order to cheat during tests. This new policy would officially allow students to bring their phones to school but have them put away during class.

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Pa. tech school gives freshmen a vo-tech head start

Norwin High School students who are interested in learning a skilled trade or getting technical training now can do so during their freshman year. The school district is now allowing ninth graders to attend the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in New Stanton, giving enthusiastic students a head start.

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New York's push for more tech in classrooms fuels further debate

In its third public symposium since Gov. Andrew Cuomo assembled a commission to advise how to best invest a proposed $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, Smart Schools Commission members called for faster and more widespread broadband services for all state schools.

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South Dakota public technical school could split from district

Sioux Falls’ public technical school is exploring a new law that might eventually allow it to operate independent of its local 23,000-student Sioux Falls School District. Southeast Technical Institute officials say self-governance makes sense, giving the school more decision-making clout that could lead to more funding, more students and better programing.

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Net Texts launches apps for iPhone, Android phones and Chrome

Net Texts’ educational materials and apps are now available to students and educators on iPhone, Android phones and Chrome. Teachers can find, build and customize multimedia courses from a library of more than 1,000 free Net Texts-curated courses and 21,000 free course materials from other providers.

Swivl robotic accessory available on School Improvement Network

School Improvement Network and Swivl have partnered on a robotic accessory that lets educators capture and share lessons. The device uses an app- and cloud-connected hosting appliance to turn a mobile device into a lecture and presentation capture tool.

Texas district partners with CK-12 Foundation to adopt digital flexbooks

El Paso ISD and CK-12 Foundation are collaborating on replacing paper textbooks with digital textbooks called FlexBooks. These are standards-aligned, fully-customized digital flexbooks built using the CK-12 platform. The change will start with select high school science classes, with more school subjects to follow.