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Calif. districts find new way to fund technology

Stockton USD, East Side Union High School District and Pacific Grove USD passed Ed-Tech Bonds. East Side intends to issue six bonds, phased in every three years, from 2015 to 2033. The first bond would be $16.2 million, growing to $21.8 million for the final bond.

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Virginia county developing high school IT academy

Henry County Public Schools is exploring the possibility of developing an information technology academy at one of its high schools by 2015-2016. The district is in discussions to work with Patrick Henry Community College and possibly New College Institute in the program.

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New S.C. middle school highlights high-tech future of education

From the building design to equipment to programming, Greensboro's new Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School is customized for a STEAM focus. It's also one of the few schools in the country built in a business park and research campus, with the nearby Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research even having an office in the middle school.

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California district makes way for high-tech kiosks

Six-foot touchscreen kiosks will soon bring a high-tech twist to the classic campus bulletin board in Coachella Valley USD's schools. In addition to displaying school information, the kiosks from SkoolLive will also help with campus security by automatically calling the police if a gunshot is detected.

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Professional development takes off on Twitter

Twitter has become the new education conference—and it’s in session all day, every day of the year, some educators now say. Principals, teachers, tech experts and other educators have created dozens of robust, professional learning networks—also called Twitter chats—to connect with each other and share solutions to common challenges.

New laws strengthen protection of student data

States are ramping up student data privacy laws, with lawmakers in the 2014 legislative cycle passing 30 of 120 proposed bills aimed at protecting personal information. The most comprehensive law, passed in California, prohibits educational sites, apps and cloud services from selling or disclosing students’ personal information.

Teacher hiring should be more scientific, study concludes

School districts may be able to hire teachers who do a better job in the classroom if they change the way they screen job applicants, a study from University of Washington's Center for Education Data & Research concluded.

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Tenn. district's tech policy violates constitutional rights, say civil liberties groups

Williamson County Schools has a policy that violates the First and Fourth amendment rights of the county's 35,000 students by overly restricting what they can do with technology and the internet, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Millions pumped into midstate Georgia districts for tech upgrades

Three counties will receive nearly $2.9 million to improve technology infrastructure and outfit schools with high-speed Internet. In all, more than 100 Georgia school districts will receive a combined $36.7 million from the state's Connections for Classrooms funding effort.

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Penn. charter school wants to open a tech-focused high school

Freire Charter School is trying to open a technology and entrepreneurship-focused high school. It’s the first time in seven years that the School District of Philadelphia is accepting applications for new charter schools and Freire, which runs a middle school and high school in Center City, will be one of those applicants.

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