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District Administration is doing an article for an upcoming issue on the new look of textbooks in K12 education. If you are a leader in a district that is making the leap to e-textbooks or some other technology — or if you are not a part of a school district but have a innovation we should know about — please fill out the form below to contact us.

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Career frontiers: Voc-tech moves into the future

Career technology programs have evolved far beyond traditional woodworking, cosmetology and automotive mechanics classes of the last century. Today's students are building drones, designing robots and developing solar power.

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The Business Of: Food Services

For some districts, the best way to please students and thereby increase participation is to maintain total control and keep all food service operations in-house. But some districts find outsourcing necessary to save money.

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Shifting the power balance

In many states, the negotiation process between school districts and teachers unions is changing as new legislation gives administrators more freedom to pass reforms without collective bargaining.

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College prep conundrum

Experts are divided on whether colleges are exercising more caution about awarding the tuition-saving credit that has been a major selling point for the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

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More states allowing armed school staff

In 2013, 21 states strengthened gun laws to require trigger-locking devices and background checks for private sales. At the same time, the National Rifle Association made a public push to allow more security guards or staff members to carry guns in schools, after 40 to 60 hours of firearms training.

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Defying national trend, Minnesota increases gifted programs

The number of full-time academic programs for gifted students has grown substantially in Minnesota over the past 10 years—a rare case amid a lack of federal funding and recent cuts to similar programs nationwide.

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On Topic: Testing the limits of testing

Journalist Anya Kamenetz says the fallout from test scores goes deeper than most realize. “It really only takes one school to be threatened with closing to destabilize an entire urban district,” she says. Her upcoming book, "The Test," is an analysis of educational assessment.

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Squelching school fights

A range of new policies and training techniques are changing the way schools try to prevent or respond to fighting. Several schools are now spelling out the steps teachers need to take when a fight breaks out.

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As clock ticks, experts propose online assessment to-do checklist

Both SMARTER Balanced and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in part recommend districts having: Windows 8 OS or newer for tablets; external keyboards; and 1 GHz or faster processor and 9.5-inch or larger screen size on devices.

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