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Zuckerberg May Represent Tech Industry on Capital Hill

The media is reporting that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking a lead role in a Silicon Valley SuperPAC organized by his former college roommate, Joe Green.
Sources say that the group will focus on education and immigration reform, two issues that are crucial to Silicon Valley, which needs a healthy pool of talent to stay competitive.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Names First Chief Content Officer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt appointed Mary Cullinane chief content officer and executive vice president of corporate affairs. Charged with spearheading the company’s content development strategy for the K12 education market and consumer audiences, Mary will expand her current role to drive HMH’s content production and innovation efforts, developing the next generation of digital solutions.

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Cody (Wyo.) Public Schools in Superintendent Search

The Cody (Wyo.) Public Schools Board of Trustees is holding public forums for superintendent candidates from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on March 20, 21, and 25 at the Holiday Inn in Cody.

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Rocco Appointed Principal of Michigan Technology Magnet School

Frank Rocco, who has been serving this year as interim principal of Kalamazoo's Woodward School for Technology and Research, has been named the school's permanent principal. Woodward is a K5 magnet school.

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CIO of CenterPoint Properties Is Incumbent in Illinois Board Election

Scott Zimmerman, the only incumbent running in the Park Ridge-Niles (Ill.) School District 64 board election, described his job as the CIO of CenterPoint Properties, as being the "head computer geek there." He feels that his technology experience can add value to the board.

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Texas Computer Ed Association Names Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Nola Wellman was named Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Tuesday night, honored for her constant push to transform instruction to the needs and expectations of students in today's fast-paced, technology-rich environment. The award is presented to a superintendent who recognizes the importance of technology in the teaching and learning process and actively promotes the use of technology throughout the district.

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Michigan Tech Instructor Earns Award for Tutoring Colleagues

A Kingsford (Mich.) High School teacher is one of 12 state educators to be recognized for improving education through the use of technology - receiving either first place or runner-up awards.

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Pennsylvania School Technology Director Named Leader of the Year

Though Ed McKaveney is an affiliated board member of the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology, he was shocked when the same organization named him Outstanding Leader of the Year.

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Interim Director Appointed for STEM Academy

The Global Impact STEM Academy Board has appointed Carl Berg as the interim director of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics school. Berg, who fills the STEM Academy's first full-time position, served as superintendent at Tolles Career Center, and while superintendent at Miamisburg, he received the Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award in 1999.

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Assemblyman Chávez Appointed to California STEM Task Force

Assemblyman Rocky Chávez was appointed Tuesday to the California Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM). The task force is responsible for recommending a blueprint on how to improve teaching, learning, and equal access to STEM-related courses and careers for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

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