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Smart energy technology saves money

With new, smarter building technology to control energy use, school leaders can reduce their carbon footprint and use the money saved to fund projects that may have suffered from budget cuts. U.S. schools spend more on energy than they do “on computers and textbooks combined,” according to a past report by Energy Star.

Georgia school board and tech college renew agreement

Dawson County's Board of Education has renewed its dual enrollment program contract with Lanier Technical College. The program allows students to take courses from a state public or private college while enrolled in high school and receive credit at both levels.

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Connecticut STEM act to aid tech students

The STEM Education Act (H.R.5031) passed this week in Connecticut's House of Representatives. The bipartisan act expands teacher professional development programs, increases support for computer science education and creates opportunities for STEM learning outside the classroom.

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Princeton University camp provides STEM learning for middle school students

Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s Community House STEM Summer Camp, sponsored by Princeton University, aims to get children excited in STEM, including materials science, solar science, biology and chemistry. Community House is a student organization at Princeton University aimed at closing the minority achievement gap in Princeton through outreach projects and programs.

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Texas district audit finds $2.7 million in unneeded technology

More than $2.7 million worth of computer equipment and technology purchased by the Fort Worth school district was either unnecessary or is still sitting idle after seven years, an internal audit showed. The district paid for unneeded educational technology and unused software in addition hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual maintenance fees.

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FCC approves $2 billion for broader school Wi-Fi access

The federal program that was created in the 1990s to connect schools to the Internet will now spend an additional $2 billion during the next two years to make those connections wireless. The extra money will mainly come from efficiencies within the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program.

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California county seeking $114 million bond for technology upgrades

Stockton Unified will ask voters to approve a $114 million bond measure in the November election. The money can be used only for technology upgrades, such as computers, Internet connections and servers.

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4G offers option for rural school learning

Rural schools that don’t have the ability to build or maintain a wireless network may have another option that gives students internet access in class and at home. LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is a wireless technology that offers fast data download and upload speeds for cell phones and tablets.

A Pennsylvania charter school is incubating startups

Philadelphia’s String Theory Schools has launched a new kind of incubator, where startups exchange their expertise and mentorship for free office space and access to state-of-the-art facilities. In addition to its first tenant, PHL Collective, the arts- and science-focused charter school is looking for tech, biotech and life sciences companies to join the incubator.

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Oregon district to implement new math materials using technology

Faced with a need to update high school math materials, Hillsboro School District is looking to buy lightweight mobile computers to replace textbooks by 2015. Several teachers partook in a six-week pilot study to determine how well students in six of their classrooms responded to the technology.

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