District CIO

Tips for hiring the best tech staff

Student-centered CIOs must now focus more on the user experience, data security and mobile learning than on just keeping networks and machines functioning.

Meeting West Virginia’s need for skilled workers

West Virginia's Council on STEM has issued its final report, with recommendations on how to fill the estimated 25,000 high-tech jobs opening up in the state by 2018. About 4,000 of those jobs can be filled by high school graduates, meaning the state must improve its K12 education system to give students solid foundations for STEM careers.

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Louisiana's Recovery School District needs to keep track of what it owns

The state Recovery School District has got to stop misplacing things. The sprawling nature of the district, which oversees 64 charter schools in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, is a challenge. But after years of critical state audits, officials should have been able to figure out how to tag and track equipment.

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Tech programs re-evaluated in Colorado district

Pueblo City Schools high school students could soon be able to earn certification in career fields such as welding, computer applications, culinary arts and health care by the time they graduate under a new proposal by district leaders.

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Overhaul brings Southeast Tech, school board closer

South Dakota’s four technical institutes are currently governed by public school districts. Under a new arrangement, the director of the Southeast Technical Institute will report directly to the Sioux Falls school board rather than to the district superintendent.

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LAUSD's iPad program plagued by problems early

A $1.3-billion iPads-for-all program in Los Angeles schools was plagued by lack of resources and inadequate planning for how the devices would be used in classrooms and, later, how they would be evaluated, according to a federal review.

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New Mexico district partners with college for distance education

Socorro CSD is working with the New Mexico Tech Distance Education program to offer more high school students in rural areas access to college-level courses such as pre-calculus and other mathematics disciplines.

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$5 million in tech grants to be given to 14 Massachusetts communities

Nearly 25,000 students from 47 schools across 14 communities will benefit from funding through the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant, a matching state grant program that increases access to digital learning by strengthening school districts' technology infrastructures.

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Ed tech funding soars to nearly $2 billion

Education venture and equity financing increased 55 percent to $1.87 billion in 2014, according to CB Insights. Financing within the industry has nearly quintupled from a base of $385 million in 2009.

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Gov. Rick Scott proposes $20 million for tech centers

The Florida governor is proposing $20 million in funding for technical centers and training. The proposed funding is separate from the education budget he recently proposed.

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