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2/9/2017

2/9/2017

Fifty-six participating public and private schools across Montana launched a shared digital collection using the OverDrive digital reading platform to enable two or more schools or districts to borrow e-books and audiobooks via a single website.

2/9/2017

A mother has sued a Pennsylvania school district for a delay in telling parents that the water at her daughter's school was contaminated with toxic levels of lead, according to a complaint filed in U.S. federal court.

2/9/2017

The Iowa House of Representatives voted along party lines to approve the 1.11 percent allowable growth bill from the Iowa Senate. The K12 education funding proposal, which is an increase of $40 million in the next fiscal year, will now head to the governor.

2/9/2017

To avoid the cost of building new schools, Nevada districts should consider 12-month school years or double sessions, an efficiency study proposes. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development also should consider the impact on schools before granting tax breaks to new businesses.

2/9/2017

StudioStation is a quick, simple and convenient solution for one-touch recording of high-quality video and audio presentations. To operate the system, simply insert a USB stick and press the record button to begin recording for flipped classroom recordings, school announcements, student assessments and more.

2/9/2017

The Board of Public Works approved Robert Gorrell, who has led New Mexico's school construction efforts, to head Maryland's school construction program. He was recruited to head the Interagency Committee on School Construction, which oversees the state's distribution of school construction money to Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City.

2/9/2017

The Transportation Committee introduced a Kansas Senate bill that would require drivers to use hands-free devices in school and construction zones. If passed, drivers would only be able to use wireless devices if they are hands-free.

2/9/2017

Louisiana put comprehensive accountability standards in place two decades ago to improve academic achievement and intervene in failing schools. But there is still a significant gap between low-income and middle-income students that the state must address. Disabled students also lag behind other students.

2/9/2017

Dremel has adopted the digital manufacturing system company 3DPrinterOS to enable complete, cloud-based connectivity for the Dremel Idea Builder 3D printers. Access to the 3DPrinterOS software system will allow users of Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer to prepare models and monitor print progress anytime with any device—without the need to download software.

2/9/2017

Some parents in West Virginia are fighting to put an end to a Bible class in public schools. For nearly 80 years, Bible stories have been taught in Mercer County as part of the regular school week and they’re popular in the community. In a new lawsuit, however, a major lobby for the separation of church and state is arguing that “popular” is not the same as “legal.”

2/8/2017

2/8/2017

There’s plenty of evidence that cellphones are detrimental to academic achievement, particularly for students who are less advantaged to begin with. But it’s clear that allowing cellphones in schools has made what is an already difficult environment much worse. Heavy cellphone use is not only correlated with bullying; it’s correlated with being bullied.

2/8/2017

To be sure, innovative school design models will not automatically translate into increased gains in student learning. But we cannot continue to ignore the significant limitations of traditional school buildings. Touting the benefits of student collaboration becomes empty rhetoric if we do not also intentionally work to establish collaborative learning spaces.

2/8/2017

After not being able to find a solution that fit Denton ISD’s needs for deploying mobile devices in the classroom, LocknCharge and the district collaborated to create the Carrier 15 Charging Station. The mobile device carts will allow the school district to store, charge and deploy up to 20,000 mobile devices.

2/8/2017

The state has invested $38 million into a new database, AzEDS, to make keeping track of public school students easier and more accurate. That progress is at risk of coming to a grinding halt. The governor’s budget proposal has no money for IT in the Arizona Department of Education.

2/8/2017

With the U.S. Senate evenly split, it fell to Vice President Mike Pence to cast a historic vote confirming Michigan's Betsy DeVos as the nation's 11th education secretary, ending a pitched battle by Democrats, public school teachers and their allies to derail her nomination.

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