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Hamilton schools could see laptop purchases for PARCC tests

Even as it faces a significant budget crunch next year, a New Jersey school district’s curriculum department is still planning on investing $1 million in technology suitable for new standardized tests.

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New vocational school proposed for Maine

A new vocational school for the midcoast area is needed at an estimated cost of $25.5 million. The existing Mid-Coast School of Technology provides technical and career education for about 400 students from five schools.

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A-bomb project inspires STEM in Tennessee town

From experimental scientific research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to industry certifications in welding, Oak Ridge Schools’ students are being provided with multiple avenues to train for STEM careers.

Education thought leaders forecast 2015 trends

Online and blended learning in schools has grown rapidly over the last several years. Momentum is only building as schools seek ways to boost achievement through the personalization of learning, increase access and equity, and control costs.

Fla. school's pilot program evades class size caps with blended learning

A pilot program at a Florida middle school designed to help students learn career skills and free up teachers to better understand the new Florida standards has an added benefit — it doesn't have to follow the state's class-size law since it is a blended learning program.

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Broadband audit shows low usage in Idaho schools

A new audit shows that slightly more than half of schools surveyed aren't using the equipment purchased through Idaho's pricey broadband network and that nearly 6 percent of the videoconferencing equipment can't be located.

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Tech school refinancing yields quarter-million-dollar windfall for Pa. district

Savings from a recent bond refinancing by Dauphin County Technical School will actually amount to just over $1.6 million — $600,000 more than projected — for the six school districts that send students to the technical school.

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High school dropout to launch tech accelerator for teen startup founders

The lack of summer camps or accelerator programs focused on developing high school-aged entrepreneurs prompted Eddy Zhong to drop out of high school to launch his second business venture. Leangap, which will debut this summer, is an entrepreneurship accelerator program that helps students ages 14 to 18 conceptualize and launch their businesses.

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Georgia county faced with huge tech cost increase with E-rate changes

One Georgia county's board of education will soon see technology costs increase at an alarming rate. Decatur County says changes to the federally administered E-rates system means the county loses billions of dollars in funds.

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One username, one password

As more school leaders adopt cloud-based technology to support educator and student achievement, the need for efficient processes to run student and teacher accounts increases. Curriculum and technology specialists must work together to see that information systems make materials accessible.