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High-speed link will put school tech on par

Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District in Windsor, Colo., is tapping reserve accounts to fund a $600,000 fiber-optic connection between Windsor and Severance. Severance Middle School and Range View Elementary will get major technology upgrades in the process. There are 1,200 students at the two schools, or about 25 percent of the district population.

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Mt. Vernon district looks at new high school's $2M tech budget

Initial estimates of $2 million are being reported as what it will take to equip the proposed Mt. Vernon Township High School in Illinois with technology. The funding will equip the school with fiber, Wi-Fi, servers, a surveillance system, alarms and more. The estimate includes labor and equipment costs, but not computers, which will be leased separately.

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Elizabeth Forward schools recognized for high-tech efforts

A push to promote the fundamentals of STEM education has propelled the Elizabeth Forward School District in Pennsylvania to elite status among national technology and education organizations. In only three years, the district has transformed spaces in the high school and middle school into high-tech learning centers, taken computer programming classes down to the elementary level and much more.

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Meade School District considers technology initiative

The Meade School District in South Dakota is on the verge of making a giant leap into technology by spending just shy of $800,000 over the next three years for 750 student computers and 70 staff computers. The program is being dubbed the one-to-one initiative, meaning each student at the high school would get his or her own computer.

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Hallsville ISD adds virtual high school

Starting in the fall, any high school student in Texas will be able to graduate from Hallsville ISD through a new, tuition-free, virtual academy that the district plans to launch online in time for the 2014-15 academic year. The Hallsville ISD Virtual High School has been approved by the Texas Education Agency and added to the state’s Virtual School Network, which only includes five other public school districts.

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Inside the tech divide in O.C. schools

Schools across Orange County in California are rushing to put more technology in the hands of their students, a move fueled in part by new state standards and an increasing expectation that these students will compete in an increasingly digitized workforce after they graduate. Under the Common Core, teachers will be pushing students to research topics on their own using online sources, making access to computers and the internet more important than ever.

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Cuomo promotes more tech job training in high school

The first P-TECH programs—Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools—are slated to get under way in September. But already, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to fund an additional 10 schools statewide in addition to the 16 now in development.

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Olympia, Wash., city council agenda includes school tech levy

The Olympia City Council is considering a resolution to support the school district’s Technology and Capital Projects Levy. If approved, the levy, which will go before voters Feb. 11 in a special election and would generate about $13.2 million total from 2015-18, would fund safety projects and technology enhancements districtwide, including new computers, cameras on buses and devices to assist special education students.

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High school's clean tech program gets $200K

Already earning college credits and real-world experience, Stillwater, N.Y., high school students in the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School program will get a boost with a $200,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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Referendum would add space, new equipment for Wisconsin tech ed

About a dozen people braved the cold temperatures recently to see firsthand how an upcoming referendum would impact technical education at Appleton West High School in Appleton, Wis. The referendum requests $30 million, which would be used to replace outdated technology, perform maintenance projects and cover the salaries and benefits for five instructional technology integrators.

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