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$650M bond for California district's 41 schools sparks debate

A debate has emerged over Fremont County's $650 million school bond measure, which includes a $39 million technology infrastructure and equipment upgrade that would increase bandwidth and add wireless access points. School leaders say the bond is necessary to modernize aging campuses but opponents call it a financially risky move that won't address half of the district's many needs.

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Utah's new adaptive testing system draws praise, criticism

Students are taking the new, year-end SAGE computer adaptive assessment that adapts to the skill level of an individual child. Hailed by educators as providing timely, precise results for use in classroom planning, it has also been coldly received by parents skeptical of its adaptive format and alignment with the Common Core.

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$107 million in grants for high school programs

The Department of Labor and Education has awarded 24 Youth CareerConnect grants, totaling $107 million. The funds are being given to integrate high school education and career skills initiatives with many of the recipients utilizing the funds to increase post-secondary technology education and apprenticeships.

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Alaska Native school groups win government telecom tech grants

Hydaburg and Annette Island districts were among three Alaska Native groups that received over $1 million in advanced telecommunications technology grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development office. The grants will be used to purchase video conference equipment for various school purposes.

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New local sales tax to aid tech efforts in Georgia county

Troup County's board has approved nearly $2 million in special purpose, local option sales tax projects that will revamp technology and communication networks. Wireless access and VoIP phone systems will be installed districtwide while nearly 2,000 computers and laptops will be replaced at 10 schools.

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California releases ed tech blueprint report

The state's Education Technology Task Force has released its "Education Technology Blueprint" report, outlining 19 learning, teaching, assessment and infrastructure recommendations. Policies based on the recommendations have already begun, including adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula.

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Large Alabama county to expand career tech options

The Tuscaloosa County School System has a new plan to expand career tech instruction at all six of its high schools and eight of its middle schools over the next three years. The goals include programs focused on health science, visual arts, agricultural science and more.

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$600K tech upgrade deal signed in Illinois district

The Edwardsville district inked its second tech-related deal in recent years by approving a five-year, $600,000 purchase-lease agreement with American Capital for technology improvements. The deal includes replacing computers, servers and routers and upgrading the financial management and student database systems.

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Grades are in: Digital learning gets more state attention

Digital Learning Now!, a national initiative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which pushes to reform education and to improve technology, recently released a report card that grades K12 education policies in each of the nation’s 50 states. But the grades for some states are still failing or near failing.

Pennsylvania tech school opens programs to high school students

For the first time, Warren County's technical school will open most of its programs to high school seniors interested in vocational training. Students will be able to enroll in automotive technology, among other programs.

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