Florida Technology Manager Named President of Statewide Group

Matt Frey, an education manager in Brevard Public Schools, was recently inducted as the president of the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders. The council promotes cooperation and communication among district and state leaders who impact technology use in Florida.

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School Turnarounds Prompt Community Backlash

The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low-achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country.

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School Assesses Procedures After Attempted Kidnapping

Changes are under way at one San Mateo school after a 9-year-old girl was taken by a stranger. Fortunately, the little girl escaped by kicking the man and running back to the school. Police have made an arrest.

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Calcasieu (La.) Schools Make ‘Notable’ Digital Technology Gains

Calcasieu is one of several school districts in the state of Louisiana making notable digital technology gains, according to the Louisiana Department of Education. Officials recently released updated reports on the progress of technology readiness in the state through Louisiana's Technology Footprint.

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Westerly (R.I.) Schools to Participate in Digital Learning Days

Westerly Public Schools, in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, is participating in the Digital Learning Day campaign. This national campaign celebrates innovative teaching and highlights practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students.

Westerly is hosting Digital Learning Day events to highlight the innovation happening in schools with Feb. 4-8 designated as Digital Learning Days.

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Boston Globe's 'Newspaper in Education' Program Going Digital

The Boston Globe’s Newspaper In Education program is launching a digital pilot program that is putting iPads—as well as digital subscriptions to—into public school classrooms in Boston and Stoneham, Mass.

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Far Fewer Chicago Schools May Close This Year

The commission on school closings has told Chicago Public Schools officials that shutting a large number of schools would create too much upheaval, and that it is leaning toward a recommendation for closing far fewer schools than many have feared — possibly as few as 15, sources said.

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St. Paul School District Favors Dell Proposal for Tech Platform

St. Paul district leaders have picked Dell to design a key piece of their eight-year technology plan. At more than $4.2 million over five years, the proposal was also more expensive than other pitches.

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LETTER: School Technology a Community Issue

Schools are increasingly embracing technology as a necessary educational tool. In talking with teachers in schools that integrate technology widely across grade levels, the developmental sequence is one that begins with establishing basic infrastructure such as high-speed wireless in every school.

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Texting Tornado-Afflicted Students

The tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo. in May 2011 killed more than 150 people, demolished thousands of homes and businesses, and damaged or destroyed 10 public schools. To encourage students to discuss their feelings, the Joplin School District partnered with a local mental health center to offer students a free, 24-hour communication tool that allows them to confidentially reach out for help.