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Wisconsin budget expands college's authorization of tech high schools

Under a provision tucked into Wisconsin's Joint Finance Committee motion on higher education issues, the Gateway Technical College District Board could authorize technical high schools focused on STEM or occupational education in southeastern Wisconsin districts. Gateway Tech College staff could also teach at the high schools.

Bridge the diversity gap in tech

As part of its effort to increase minority participation in tech, the Congressional Black Caucus's new CBC Tech 2020 Initiative noted the importance of making STEM education a priority, appealing to minority students and investing in school districts where there are fewer opportunities to learn these skills.

Waterloo Community Schools names new technology reforms director

Crystal Buzza — the Iowa district's new executive director of professional technical education — will work to realign career and technical education offerings so students earn industry certifications that allow them to move into a career or earn college credit.

Tragedy moves teacher to launch tech-centered charter high school

Rooted School, a new charter effort set to open for the 2016-17 school year in New Orleans, will be focused on long-term technology projects, online learning for core subjects and internships with local tech companies. The school hopes to open in the business district where students can be close to industry partners.

Will Oregon stand for student privacy or cave to the tech industry?

The amended Oregon Student Information Protection Act contains loopholes that would allow third-party service providers to share students’ personal information without any privacy requirements for recipients of that information. These and other proposed amendments put the economic interests of private industry ahead of what’s best for kids.

Digital citizenship: merging youths' social media 'know-how' with parents' 'know-when' and 'know-why'

Digital literacy is becoming a key component to the education of our youths, as evidenced by its inclusion in the Common Core standards. But literacy is not enough — digital ethics and the like need to be in the mix for children, who spend more time with media than they did in the classroom or with their parents.

Can software spot a great essay?

As Common Core standards require students to write extensively across the curriculum, automatic assessment tools can help ease the grading burden for teachers. More districts are using online writing assessment tools to save teachers time and to give students writing practice that includes immediate analysis.

Learning career skills in high school

Studying disaster prevention and recovery might seem like a niche theme for a new high school. But the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management in Manhattan reflects a growing brand of career and technical education (CTE), which aims to marry academic rigor with practical know-how. New York City’s expanding CTE roster has 51 dedicated public high schools, including 13 launched in the past two years.

Why we need to separate kids from tech — now

Emerging research shows that kids' overuse of TV, computers, video games, tablets and smartphones hinders their physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. Kids' top uses for smartphones have nothing to do with interacting with family or doing research for school. Gadgets should have a limited place in a well-balanced life.

FCC program is helping to close the digital divide

With the success of the FCC's Internet Essentials broadband initiative, hundreds of thousands of students with new learning experiences and opportunities will need to find jobs, connect with their families and apply to college. We need ideas on the table to solve this problem – like new apps for news, education, jobs and civic engagement.

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