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More states make computer science count

In 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs available in the United States and only 400,000 computer science students in the education pipeline. But the number of students may slowly be increasing, as 25 states now count computer science courses toward high school graduation requirements, compared to 11 states in 2013.

Using data to cut Davenport's dropout rate

Superintendent Arthur W. Tate of Iowa’s Davenport public schools implemented a more data-driven method of identifying and responding to potential dropouts. He also formed a community task force and resource system to entice dropouts to return to class.

K12 solution expanded by Blackboard with Schoolwires deal

Blackboard Inc. has acquired Schoolwires, an educational website, hosting and content management provider. Schoolwires provides technology products and related services to more than 11 million users and 1,700 districts and educational entities in the U.S. and China.

New cloud-based system launched by Neverware

Created using Google’s Chromium open source operating system, Neverware's CloudReady is a cloud-based operating system which enables PCs running CloudReady to be used in a classroom together with Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education and Google Admin.

New data tracks interest in New Jersey's vo-tech classes

Nearly 20 percent of high-school students took at least one career and technical education class last year at both traditional vocational schools and comprehensive high schools, according to New Jersey’s School Performance Reports.

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Providence tech initiatives inspire middle, high school students

Two new programs in Providence are targeting gender and socioeconomic disparities in the technology sector. Brown University students have partnered with Girls Who Code and local start-up Intracity Geeks to help equalize opportunities in tech by teaching girls and local middle school students to code.

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Digital learning center scheduled to open at Career ConnectED

Students in Ohio’s Springfield City schools gave input on technologies they want to see in the district’s new digital learning center. The center is part of a renovation project funded in part by an $11 million Straight A grant to transform a portion of the building into the Greater Springfield Career ConnectED Center.

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California school district mulls new tech program

The Hanford Joint Union High School District is looking into a BYOD program that is expected to launch in the 2016-17 school year. First, however, the district must complete a nearly $1 million network upgrade project.

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Hamilton schools could see laptop purchases for PARCC tests

Even as it faces a significant budget crunch next year, a New Jersey school district’s curriculum department is still planning on investing $1 million in technology suitable for new standardized tests.

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New vocational school proposed for Maine

A new vocational school for the midcoast area is needed at an estimated cost of $25.5 million. The existing Mid-Coast School of Technology provides technical and career education for about 400 students from five schools.

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