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$2.8 million grant funds N.Y. college-district tech program

The Dunkirk City School District and Jamestown Community College will share a nearly $2.8 million state grant to develop and implement a new program that will allow students to earn their high school and associate’s degrees.

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Alabama county unveils new fleet of high-tech school buses

Limestone County Schools has unveiled a group of new higher-tech buses with four security cameras, Wi-Fi capability and LED dome lighting as well as air conditioning, staggered seating and graffiti-proof seats.

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New foundation aims to boost Maryland school's tech initiative

A new community initiative designed to bring the latest technology to Worcester County’s public schools has been launched with a $100,000 donation from Taylor Bank. The Worcester County Education Foundation will be devoted to increasing the technology available to local students.

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FCC chief wants more money for high-speed internet access at schools

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to raise the annual amount the government spends to wire educational faculties through its E-Rate program to $3.9 billion a year from $2.4 billion.

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Shift to digital distribution changes mail room management

District mail rooms used to be hectic. These days, life is much easier for office administrators who must sort the mail. Much of what the U.S. Postal Service did is now sent electronically through email, made available from companies or compiled in “digital backpack” webpages set up by districts.

Tech students receive hands-on training with Ill. district's equipment

As part of their class work, students in Washington Community High School’s new tech support internship class are working on school-owned equipment after receiving requests from staff. Four class pathways are available to students, include training for the A+ tech support certification.

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Bethlehem schools face multimillion-dollar wireless upgrades

Bethlehem Area School District's wireless capacity is so unreliable that many teachers now shy away from developing lesson plans that depend on Internet access for the more than 14,000 students in the district. A $2.2 million upgrade to the district's wireless infrastructure is being proposed.

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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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