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Measure would allow Wisconsin tech colleges to run charters

Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges could establish independent charter high schools staffed by college instructors, under a proposal being circulated by two lawmakers that aims to better prepare students for the workforce.

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South Carolina agency scrutinizes tech divide

The state’s Education Oversight Committee is evaluating the technological divide between school districts as the state moves to online end-of-year testing for every school. Less than 4 percent of South Carolina’s 81 districts report having a device available for every student.

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Illinois district to pilot tech plan with middle schoolers

Some sixth-graders in Indian Prairie School District 204 could be piloting a device-testing plan next school year that would eventually put a computer in the hands of all of the district's nearly 30,000 students.

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Girls Tech Club introduces North Dakota district's students to STEM

A new Grand Forks program was created with the belief that no student should be deterred from a career based on gender stereotypes. Through a series of hands-on activities, eighth-grade girls are introduced to potential math and science careers, and the path they need to get there.

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South Dakota tech schools push for high school contacts

A bill in the state Legislature would give South Dakota technical schools the same opportunity as public universities to market to high school students. If approved, the rule would also give the state's four technical schools access to a directory with contact information for students and parents.

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Federal digital privacy proposal restricts use of student data

Companies that collect student data would be barred from using or selling it for anything other than educational purposes, under a law proposed in January. It would also prevent companies from using data to target advertising to students.

Large online literacy achievement gap exists, study finds

Today’s students may be skilled at texting and social media, but many are unable to perform online research and distinguish accurate information on the web, according to a new study.

N.D. bill limiting K12 data collection draws resistance, support

Education, health and law enforcement officials voiced concerns about a bill that would limit the collection and sharing of student data, saying it could threaten practices ranging from gathering information on registered sex offenders to identifying students on the honor roll.

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San Antonio-area school dominates in robotics

Small and largely out of the way, Texas' Natalia High School is quietly developing a reputation as a top center for learning a decidedly 21st Century discipline: robotics. The high school, which has 315 students, will be represented for the seventh straight year at the Texas Computer Education Association state robotics championship in May.

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Calif. district's students use tech to monitor cow's health

Union High School students are using medical tools to test whether cows at the school dairy are becoming ill. Hourly core body temperature are recorded by software, which sends health alerts to wireless devices.

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