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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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Massachusetts school to test high-tech gunshot detection system

A Methuen school may soon become the first in Massachusetts to have a gunshot detection system installed. The high-tech system sends an alert to local police the moment a gunshot is fired, so authorities are aware of a crisis more quickly than they would with only a 911 call.

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Oklahoma tech high school gains access to aeronautics college

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed a deal with Red River Technology Center in Duncan. The agreement allows students from the high school technology campus to enter Spartan College in Tulsa with up to six months of credits toward an avionics maintenance degree.

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Florida district takes step toward districtwide tech upgrades

The Duval school board took the first step toward a multimillion-dollar effort to boost technology in schools across the district. A resolution was approved to issue a federal no-interest bond to complete hardware upgrades at 41 high-need schools to improve the district’s lacking technological infrastructure.

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$1 million gift brings centralized tech-ed center closer to reality

A centralized technical education center that would serve high school students and adults in Southeast Kansas took a step closer to reality this week with the gift of $1 million by the Bicknell Foundation. The center will bring together technical education offerings by Fort Scott Community College in cooperation with the five school districts in Crawford County.

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New tech school breaks ground in South Carolina

The Richland Two Institute of Innovation, a new technical school in Sandhill, S.C., will be housed in a 180,000-square-foot building on a 32-acre site at a cost of approximately $40 million. It will include a professional development center, student learning labs and a partner space for businesses and educational institutions.

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Nebraska high schoolers score tech internships

Recognizing that the demand for tech talent oftentimes outpaces the availability of skilled workers in the state, a number of Nebraska companies, institutions and nonprofits are beginning to invest in the future by creating internship programs for local high school students.

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