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Former Chicago tech director lands county job despite investigation

A former Chicago Public Schools tech director, Prasad Nettem, who resigned after being accused of shaking down a subcontractor for a $2,000 bribe, has landed on his feet. He now works for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s office, making $145,000 a year.

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SchoolDude and NBOA launch independent school technology survey

SchoolDude and the National Business Officers Association launched a survey to benchmark the state of technology at independent schools. This will be the first-ever comprehensive research study to evaluate tech staffing, budget, priorities and challenges among independent schools. In addition, the survey will report on trends, including BYOD, 1-to-1 computing, bandwidth, infrastructure and tech management.

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Pennsylvania tech director writes, shares Technology Buying Guide

To get the right answers, ask the right questions. That's how every purchase of digital equipment should begin, says Suhail Baloch, technology director for West Jefferson Hills School District. Baloch tells everyone what the right questions are in his Technology Buying Guide for 2013, which is posted on the district's website.

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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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