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As Michigan county moves to 1-to-1 tech, media staff face budget cuts

With the Plymouth-Canton schools moving to a 1-to-1 technology learning model next year, teachers are going to be asked to do more as administrators shave the ranks of their media specialists in a cost-cutting move aimed at helping eliminate a $6.3 million budget deficit. Among the budget adjustments being recommended is an elimination of six media specialists and 6.3 full-time-equivalent interventionists.

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South Dakota district gives 1-to-1 initiative a passing grade

Sioux Falls School District officials say the first use of widespread Chromebook technology in the public schools this past year was successful, with less wear and tear than expected. The 18,000 devices, part of the district’s 1-to-1 student technology initiative for grades three through 12, enabled students to access assignments and information at a much greater speed.

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New blended learning charter school proposed by Ohio district

The Norwood school district is waiting for the Ohio Department of Education's approval of a charter school application for the new Norwood Conversion Community School, which will focus on offering a blended learning environment for students. Although the district will sponsor the school, the charter school will have its own director and board.

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More vocational school graduates opt for college

Once viewed as a place for student slackers with no college ambition, Massachusetts vocational high schools are increasing academic standards, offering honors classes, and producing more college-bound students than ever before. During the past five years, the percentage of vocational school graduates attending four-year colleges rose at schools across the state.

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Idaho districts weigh options for high school WiFi networks

School districts across the state are weighing whether they want to continue with or sign on to a multi-year statewide contract with Education Networks of America for WiFi at every high school in Idaho, or set up their own WiFi networks with state funding that lawmakers approved this year.

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The business of e-payments

There are six decisions a district leader must make when accepting electronic payments from parents—which is one step for districts in going paperless. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items.

Blended learning pilot means a new role for teachers in Memphis

Shelby County Schools in Tennessee is looking to blended learning to help schools reach an ambitious set of goals that includes having 80 percent of its high school graduates college- and career-ready by 2025. The program will be piloted in 16 Memphis schools next year.

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Zuckerberg, Chan donate $5 million to Bay Area schools for technology and more

Mark Zuckerberg and and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating 120 million to Bay Area schools through the Startup:Education fund. The first $5 million will go toward classroom technology and other projects in San Francisco, Ravenswood and Redwood City school districts.

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Pennsylvania school library purges 13,000 books in high-tech overhaul

Students at Penn-Trafford High School made 96,000 trips to the library this school year. But as the school makes renovations, leaders are donating nearly 13,000 books in order to turn the library into more of a media center. It is part of a schoolwide trend of de-emphasizing hard-copy books, with students accessing books and other information online.

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Texas district wins approval to open early college tech high school

The Texas Education Agency has sanctioned the opening of an early college technology high school as part of Mission CISD. The authorization to open the new school comes with a $305,000 grant. The school, which will be called Mission Early College Career Tech, will launch in August with 100 students.

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