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How can public education and job readiness shrink the skills gap?

What role should K12 public education play in the job readiness of its graduates? Answering this question first requires addressing the proper role of public education. Some believe in education for education's sake; that no further explanation is required. Others prefer simple yet more-expansive descriptions of the role of public education.

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Why Washington lawmakers need to invest in STEM education

Although Washington ranks first in the nation for creating jobs that require STEM skills, we’re not doing a good job of preparing and inspiring the next generation to compete for them. Those good-paying jobs often require a strong high school education, a technical certificate or a wide range of postsecondary degrees. That forces our companies to recruit from elsewhere and leaves our kids on the outside looking in.

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Education progression relies on technology

Bridging the “new digital divide” shouldn’t be an insurmountable political issue. Instead, it should be about reframing and reforming our educational pedagogy, positioning technological literacy as a way to combat growing inequality and provide an American economy with a workforce equipped to compete.

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Oklahoma's OSUTeach critical for state’s economy

Oklahoma State University is the only university in the state and one of just 40 in the nation to be selected by the National Math and Science Initiative and UTeach Institute to prepare STEM teachers for elementary and secondary education. The initiative will be supported by 2 million in grants and there are plans to raise an additional $1 million.

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Utah education funds barely keep up with the need

In the legislative session just ended, nearly half the state budget was allocated to public education. But additional money will, again, merely fund basic education for more than 10,000 additional students expected next year and mandated expenditures such as employee health and retirement funds.

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Calif. district's first responders get high-tech aid at schools

First responders are getting a new, high-tech tool designed to help police and firefighters, and keep students safer when emergencies occur in the Benicia USD's schools. Valued at $70,000, the pilot program was provided for free and will arm local first responders with detailed, high-resolution digital school maps on their computers.

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Ohio high school uses drone simulations for course

Drone simulations are being used to spark students' interest in technology careers through a new course at a southwestern Ohio high school. Students at Springfield's Greenon High School simulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to learn technology skills that can be used in a variety of industries.

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$200 million school tech plan abandoned in Utah budget

Utah House and Senate leaders have finally come to an agreement on the over $13 billion state budget following failed negotiations on a $200 million school technology initiative proposed by House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart.

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Illinois school tech director moves to new district

The Forest Park school board accepted the resignation of James Eichmiller, director of instructional technology. Eichmiller, who was hired in May 2013, has accepted a job as tech director for the larger Downers Grove School District 58.

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Net Texts introduces mobile website and Common Core state standards search tool

To give middle and high school teachers and students expanded access to digital educational content, Net Texts announced new enhancements, including a mobile website and a Common Core State Standards search function. The free Net Texts courses can be accessed using any smartphone or media player that has a mobile web browser.

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