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Former Atlanta school system CIO admits receiving kickbacks

A former Atlanta Public Schools chief information officer entered a guilty plea over $60,000 in kickbacks he received for influencing the school system to award a $780,000 project to a certain computer vendor.

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22 Illinois schools get a tech loan

Bluford Grade School is one of 22 Illinois schools to receive funds from the School Technology Revolving Loan program. The loans, which are administered by the Illinois State Board of Education, last for three years and charge a 2 percent interest rate.

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Hillel Academy students create own tech projects

In today’s world, it isn’t the kids who have to adjust to the ever-changing technological advances being made on virtually an hourly basis. It is the teachers and the parents, because the kids are way ahead of the learning curve. At Hillel Academy, the middle school students are learning technology now that didn’t exist when their parents were in school.

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Tech's gender and race gap starts in high school

When people talk about how to diversify the tech field, a common solution is, "Start earlier." Rather than focus on getting women and minorities hired at tech start-ups or encouraging them to major in computer science in college, there should be a push to turn them on to the discipline when they're still teenagers—or even younger.

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Conn. commission OKs $22.6M for school tech

The Connecticut bond commission has approved $22.6 million in borrowing to help districts purchase computers and other electronics. The new technology is part of an effort to help students meet the requirements of the Common Core standards.

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Some unimpressed with Cuomo's plan for better school technology

In an election-year State of the State Address dominated by jobs, tax cuts and economic development, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo managed to slip in a few big promises for education. During the homestretch of an hour-long speech, Cuomo trumpeted universal pre-K and plans to funnel $2 billion to classroom tech upgrades and to offer bonuses for highly-rated teachers. But those plans didn’t exactly bowl everyone over.

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Minnesota district considering cutting gym, focusing on tech classes

The Elk River, Minn., school board is discussing eliminating eighth grade health classes and reducing the number of mandatory high school physical education classes to make room for tech classes that will better prepare students to compete for jobs and get into college.

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Illinois district bows out of online learning cooperative venture

The Kaneland Community USD board, in Maple Park, Ill., has decided to drop out of a five-district cooperative for planning online and blended learning instruction. The district’s main issue was whether it was worthwhile to spend the $96,000 to continue with the second phase of the effort.

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California district sees positive results with blended learning

On a rainbow-colored rug in a predominantly Latino neighborhood six miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, 26 fidgety second graders are reading a phonics passage about helping wildlife. Some detect the main idea quickly, shooting their hands in the air. Others need more time and attention. Teacher Mark Montero asks questions to try to keep everyone on track.

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Jefferson Parish schools to split $1.2M for blended learning

Eleven struggling public schools in Jefferson Parish will split a $1.2 million state grant to buy computers and software for the classroom. Jacob Landry, the system's chief strategy officer, said the grant will improve education through blended learning.

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