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School districts dive into cooperative commerce

National and regional cooperative purchasing groups have long offered districts cost savings through pre-negotiated vendor contracts for commodities like office supplies. But co-ops are expanding their reach, enabling districts to save on construction as well as facilities’ products and services.

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4G offers option for rural school learning

Rural schools that don’t have the ability to build or maintain a wireless network may have another option that gives students internet access in class and at home: LTE networks--a wireless technology that offers fast data download and upload speeds for cell phones and tablets.

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The Business of: Sports field maintenance

Installing a synthetic-surface athletic field can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. Any school district that invests in one and then treats it as a maintenance-free luxury may end up spending a lot more money on repairs and replacements.

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The e-textbook transformation

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.

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School building rebounds

Safety, flexibility and energy efficiency are the forces driving new school construction as administrations create buildings to rival college facilities to prepare students for the technology-driven world they will find in college and the workforce.

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Lake Wales Charter Schools caters to students with needs

The Lake Wales Charter Schools district in Florida faces several challenges, including educating a large migrant population and high poverty rates. Superintendent Jesse L. Jackson and his administration have made communicating with ESL parents a priority.

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Be a source for our story: School-to-prison pipeline

District Administration wants to talk to superintendents and other district leaders who have found zero-tolerance discipline policies to be ineffective and replaced them with innovative ways to correct behavior and guarantee security. To participate in the story, please follow the link to contact us.

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Be a source for our story: School-to-prison pipeline

District Administration wants to talk to superintendents and other district leaders who have found zero-tolerance discipline policies to be ineffective and replaced them with innovative ways to correct behavior and guarantee security. To participate in the story, please follow the link to contact us.

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Be a source for our story

As testing has increased, some educators and parents have sought alternative solutions to assessing student learning. For an upcoming story, District Administration is examining the thinking and technology behind cutting edge assessment techniques that may eliminate the stress of testing. If you can be a source, please follow the link to contact us.

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More quality teachers needed for poor students

Districts must do more to ensure low-income and minority students have access to top-notch teachers, according to a new report. Poor students and students of color are less likely to be taught by a highly effective teacher than are other students, but there are some pockets where change is occurring.

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