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Push to get iPads to all Illinois district students

Hundreds of additional Downers Grove elementary school students could be carrying iPads next year, as the district prepares to expand its program to outfit all 5,000 kids with individual iPad Minis over three years.

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In New Jersey school, special needs students are on a tech track

Several Wayne Hills High students with special learning needs are filling in as in-house tech experts, setting up computers in schools throughout the district. The students are part of the transition skills program, which trains students who are not usually college-bound for careers once they leave high school.

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Montana college receives $1.3 million grant for K12 science education

As a recipient of the National Institutes of Health's Science Education Partnership Award, Montana Tech will utilize the $1.3 million grant to fund a science education project in Montana’s public schools. It will equip 40 of Montana’s sixth through 12th-grade teachers with the skills to provide science research opportunities for students.

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New Washington high school tech center nears completion

The Southeast Area Technical Skills Center, located adjacent to Walla Walla Community College, will house four vocational training programs. The $11.5 million facility is being built with 90 percent state funds.

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Pennsylvania district to expand career and tech program

The Erie School District is expanding its career and technical education program in an effort to offer more courses to more students in all city high schools. The expansion will mean 300 additional students will have access to the programs.

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Blended education charter proposed for Rhode Island county

A blended learning charter school could be headed to Kent County as early as fall of 2015. The blended education format will be universal across all subject areas at Kent County Prep, and every student regardless of ability will have double blocks of math and English language arts.

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$70M bond approved for new New Jersey county tech ed center

The Cumberland County board passed a $70 million bond ordinance, another major step forward in completing its goal of building its proposed new county technical education center. The school will be built on the Cumberland County College campus.

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Crisis averted …and exploited

An online educational continuity plan can improve year-round learning goals. When a school cannot open for a day, for a week, for a month or longer—no matter the reason—that is the essence of an educational crisis.

New virtual twists on making up snow days

Districts in Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania turned to online learning in lieu of time in school to make up for missed class time due to weather cancellations. Many implemented e-learning days, during which students read through online lessons and completed assignments at home to meet class-time requirements.

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