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Schools coming up short on computer science

Chicago Public Schools — America’s third-largest school district typically finds itself in the national media for stories about violence, school closures and other unflattering subjects. It has received less attention for an ambitious and innovative experiment launched this year: New computer science classes rolled out across Chicago this fall, and within a few years the city plans to make its school district the first major one in the country to designate computer science as a requirement for graduation.

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Snow day plan may leave some students in cold

Nearly 30 Indiana public school systems have gotten the go-ahead to offer online lessons during snow days. However, online learning will be a struggle for those with no internet access or technology at home. We need to find a way to roll out online education programs to more schools, but in an informed and inclusive way.

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Comptroller's audit: New York City schools lost track of technology

The Department of Education has lost track of 1,800 computers–and didn’t even bother to open up 400 laptops or tablets–that are supposed to be in use at just 10 city schools—a tiny sample of the city’s 1,800 public schools, an audit has found.

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Michigan school district seeking $33.9 million tax proposal for upgrades

Kelloggsville Public Schools will ask voters in February to approve a $33.9 million, 30-year tax proposal for building, technology and security improvements.

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Tulsa school board eyes record $415 million bond proposal

A Tulsa Public Schools committee has put forth a $415 million proposal to complete a 20-year plan for facilities updates and to help with modernizing technology. Of the total dollars, $110 million would be spent on technology.

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Oklahoma district's board approves tech bond proposal

The school board for McAlester Public Schools approved of two propositions calling for $2.7 million in bond money to be used for technology increases and improvements in schools as well as the replacement of old buses.

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Zeeland schools to ask voters for $53 million bond for growth, tech needs

Voters in the Michigan school district will be asked early next year to approve a two-part $53.5 million bond issue designed to address security issues, enrollment growth and technology needs. Both bond series would provide students with new technology devices to replace current devices.

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High school students make prosthetic hand for teen in Georgia

A group of high school students in Sandy Springs made a prosthetic hand for a fellow teenager. The technology, engineering and design class students created the hand with the help of a 3D printer.

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Calif. tech high school becomes National Demonstration Site

Napa Valley Unified School District’s New Technology High School has been named a National Demonstration Site. The school will host tours for national, state and local school and district representatives to learn about project-based learning examples, integrated use of technology and the school culture.

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When it comes to technology, Fla. schools struggle to keep up with students

The state is racing to get schools and students ready for a new computerized test that replaces the FCAT in the spring. But other issues beg for attention, too: technology training for teachers, infrastructure to support new hardware, and how best to use technology in the classroom.

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