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Baton Rouge district to hire Common Core consultant

As the Common Core educational standards continue to be hotly debated in some parts of Louisiana, Baton Rouge school officials say they are determined to make the district's curriculum more rigorous and they want to hire a consultant to help.

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Connecticut's Franklin district looks to hire new tech position

The Franklin School Department in Connecticut is requesting $30,000 to hire an additional technology specialist, saying the position will help with the transition into the new high-tech Franklin High School.

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School tech director indicted in teen rape case

William Rhinamin, the director of technology for Steubenville City Schools, was arrested after he was named in a four-count indictment by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The 53-year-old Rhinamin is facing several charges, including tampering with evidence, a third degree felony; obstructing justice, a fifth degree felony; obstructing official business, a second degree misdemeanor and perjury, a third degree felony.

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Marilyn Gavitt discusses her district's success in a Skype intervew

Marilyn Gavitt, instructional technology coordinator for Martin County Schools in Stuart, Fla., talks teaching, instructional technology, and professional development with Connect Learning Today in a Skype video interview. Learn how Gavitt’s staff went from very little technology to interactive tech throughout her district.

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AMX hires Scott Bahr as head of global sales

AMX has announced that Scott Bahr has joined the company as executive vice president, global sales, effective Oct. 1. Mr. Bahr comes to AMX from Nokia, where he held a number of senior sales executive posts, including, mostly recently, general manager of global channel sales.

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Corn selected as deputy CIO at Brandeis U

Michael Corn has been selected to be Brandeis’ new chief information security & privacy officer and deputy CIO. Corn’s responsibilities at Brandeis will include overseeing information security staff and supervising two divisions in Library & Technology Services, as well as managing other areas within the university.

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Oceanographer Ballard announces grant to eight R.I. schools

Oceanographer Robert Ballard announced a $500,000 state grant to extend his online learning project to eight additional public schools. Last year, the General Assembly awarded $500,000 to launch JASON Learning, a nonprofit founded by Ballard that teaches more than 2 million students annually in STEM subjects.

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Tim McGrath accepts PC Connection award at Cisco Summit

Tim McGrath, president and CEO of education solutions provider PC Connection, Inc. has accepted the partner of the year award from Cisco at its Partner Summit. The award recognizes exemplary organizations that demonstrate best-in-class business practices and serve as a model to the industry within their respective region.

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Google in Education announces winners of Google Science Fair

The three winners of this year’s Google Science Fair are Viney Kumar (Australia) in the 13-14 age category, Ann Makosinski in the 15-16 age category, and Grand Prize winner Eric Chen (U.S.) in the age 17-18 category. The first two contestants came up with their own technology.

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Florida hires new education commissioner

Pam Stewart, the interim education commissioner chosen after Tony Bennett’s abrupt resignation in August, has been officially hired as Bennett’s successor. Stewart previously served as the chancellor of public schools.

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