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Indiana Schools Suspend Online Testing Following Glitch

Multiple Indiana schools are suspending ISTEP+ testing for the day after students experienced problems with the testing website. “Kids are getting kicked out of their testing procedure, then when we try to get them back in, there are long waits,” says Brad Schuldt, superintendent of Culver Community Schools.

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Texas Students Headed to National Competition

The Graham (Texas) High School Technology Student Association Chapter was successful at the state competition in Waco earlier this month. Despite being in only its second year of competition, the chapter sent 45 students to represent Graham. Of those, 39 students placed in the top 10, with six qualifying for the national competition in Orlando, Fla., this summer. Graham also placed first in overall competition against 16 other 3A schools.

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Massachusetts Selectmen Question School's Funding

Technology Director Ryan McGee of the Mattapoisett (Mass.) schools estimates that the district's funding for technology needs over the next five years will cost at least $366,000. While selectmen were not opposed to most of the items included in McGee’s priority list, including computer labs and iPads, they did take issue with the source of the funding.

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North Allegheny (Pa.) Board Approves Infrastructure Upgrades

The North Allegheny (Pa.) School Board approved wiring upgrades and security measures for its buildings. Projects include replacing the network infrastructure equipment, upgrading data wiring for all seven elementary schools, and installing wireless coverage in each district building.

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Schools Are Buying into Technology Boom

A few weeks ago, Don Greenberg, CEO of eGenio Education Solutions in Cleveland, had lunch with a superintendent who used to forbid students from using their smartphones at school. But his attitude toward technology in the classroom has changed. In fact, his start-up is one of many northeast Ohio companies riding a wave of interest in education technology.

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Legislation to Enhance K12 Student Achievement

A new bill in the House of Representatives would allocate $750 million toward new equipment, teacher training, and competitive grants for K12 classrooms, all aimed at increasing education technology in U.S. schools to improve college enrollment rates.

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McGraw-Hill, ePals Expand K12 Collaborative Learning Opps

McGraw-Hill Education has formed a collaboration with education media company ePals Corporation that will allow teachers and students to connect with peers in more than 200 countries to participate in global learning activities.

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Moore County (N.C.) Officials Cautious about Funding Digital Learning

Moore County commissioners seem inclined to pay for part of the school system's digital learning initiative, but they want to see results before committing to future funding.
At the commissioners' critical issues summit Thursday, they indicated they want the school system to pay for more of the effort.

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Coachella Valley USD's $21M in Bonds Approved

Riverside County (Calif.) supervisors authorized the sale of $21 million in bonds by the Coachella Valley Unified School District to support districtwide technology upgrades and supply every student with an Apple iPad.

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Florida Education Dept. Revises Budget Needs from $400M to $100M

In October, the Florida Department of Education requested more than $400 million for digital learning in its annual budget request submitted to state lawmakers. The money was needed to buy computers and upgrade public schools' bandwidth and wireless access, it said. But now department officials say they can make do with just $100 million for next year.

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