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Kansas districts rewarded for increasing tech ed participation

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback presented districts with checks for increasing participation in the state’s Career and Technical Education program, which covers tuition for students taking technical courses and rewards school districts with $1,000 for every student that obtains an industry certification. More than 8,000 students participated statewide.

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High schoolers are increasingly pursuing STEM studies in college

In high schools around the country, more departing seniors are electing to study computer science, mathematics, engineering and science in college than are graduates of just a few years ago. The increase also reflects the emphasis that school and business leaders have been placing on better preparing students for a future in which virtually every occupation has embraced technology.

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Maximizing PLC time to improve classes

Many schools have professional learning communities and time is set aside for groups of teachers to collaborate, to work on district initiatives and be agents of change in the schools. Simply giving teachers support and time to create shared video resources for their students could be a key to facilitating significant improvement in our schools.

Common Core test tools aid students with special needs

Common Core assessments are making testing easier for students with special needs. The computer-based exams include tools such as on-screen calculators, read-aloud instructions and descriptive videos to enhance accessibility for students with disabilities while keeping them in the classroom with their peers.

Louisiana teachers union says schools lack technology skills for Common Core test

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers surveyed over 1,000 educators statewide online and found that 87 percent of them said their schools did not have the technological resources to administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test online. The teachers responded that many of their students lacked the computer skills as well.

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N.C. county to grow career tech offerings with Richmond Community College

Scotland County's board approved a remodeling of Scotland High School’s career and technical education program and signed an agreement for Richmond Community College to take over instruction for most vocational and technical classes. In the upcoming school year, the program will grow from one on-campus, college credit-bearing course to 25, in fields including IT and mechanical and electronics engineering.

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New career-tech education center to open in Oregon

The Salem-Keizer School Board approved plans to open a new career and technical education center for high school students. Under the adopted 2014-2015 budget, over $420,000 would fund the center's start up costs. The board also approved a five-year legal agreement between the district and Mountain West Career Technical Institute for the new center

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Ohio schools’ $6 million tech plan seeks to avoid pitfalls

At least two Clark County school districts are looking to adopt 1-to-1 technology plans next year. Springfield City is looking to spend about $6 million on laptops for all students in grades three through 12 in the next three years. Tecumseh Local School District has applied for a state grant to buy iPads for each middle school student.

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A new Denver STEM school wins board approval

The Banneker Jamison STEM Academy will rely heavily on the Core Knowledge curriculum, with an emphasis on STEM. If the charter can meet the Denver school board's initial criteria, the school will open in 2015, with another 17 schools the Denver board has approved.

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Computer recycling: What school CIOs need to know

The boom in affordable laptops and mobile devices has left the clunky computers of the past piling up in storage rooms in many schools. Recycling is the best way to properly dispose of outdated technology instead of allowing it to collect dust or to break down in landfills.