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Texas district audit finds $2.7 million in unneeded technology

More than $2.7 million worth of computer equipment and technology purchased by the Fort Worth school district was either unnecessary or is still sitting idle after seven years, an internal audit showed. The district paid for unneeded educational technology and unused software in addition hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual maintenance fees.

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SchoolReach teams up with National Rural Education Association

SchoolReach and the National Rural Education Association are partnering again to provide rural schools with improved parent communications and professional development opportunities. The school notification system includes voice, email, text and social media messaging technology.

Snapwiz debuts Edulastic, a free formative assessment platform

Snapwiz announced the release of a free solution that directly addresses Common Core implementation challenges. Edulastic is a web-based, formative assessment platform that helps teachers prepare and deliver effective Common Core curricula by simultaneously improving the assessment creation, assignment and grading processes.

Minnesota STEM charter school has new director

The St. Cloud Math and Science Academy charter school, yet to open to its K4 students, has a new director. St. Cloud educator Tammy Bengtson has been named as executive director.

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FCC approves $2 billion for broader school Wi-Fi access

The federal program that was created in the 1990s to connect schools to the Internet will now spend an additional $2 billion during the next two years to make those connections wireless. The extra money will mainly come from efficiencies within the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program.

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New technology supervisor takes over in New Jersey district

The West Essex Regional School District has appointed a new supervisor of technology. Charles Young, an informational technology manager for the Somerset Hills School District, is the new West Essex supervisor of technology for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Tech director leaving Indiana county position

Technology director Mike Watson submitted his resignation with Tippecanoe School Corporation (TSC) to accept a position with a Bloomington district. He was instrumental in enhancing TSC’s wireless infrastructure and establishing a 1-to-1 laptop program at two high schools.

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California county seeking $114 million bond for technology upgrades

Stockton Unified will ask voters to approve a $114 million bond measure in the November election. The money can be used only for technology upgrades, such as computers, Internet connections and servers.

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What the FCC’s E-Rate proposal means for the future of education

The schools that currently lack broadband access are usually ones operating with critically strained budgets. They are generally schools located in underserved, low-income communities. Without an E-Rate intervention, we run the risk of delivering the best education technology to only the very wealthiest students, and of denying it to those who likely need it the most.

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How to hook up tech sector with diverse talent

Plenty of low-opportunity young people are waiting to live out their own success story. We just need to give them the opportunity. Imagine urban youth who are not just downloading apps, but uploading them. And when they succeed, they will change a lot more than the workplace diversity numbers in Silicon Valley.

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