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Private sector powers new wave of public school construction

In 2010, a building condition study showed that Yonkers (N.Y.) Public Schools needed $480 million for capital improvements to existing school buildings, while new schools needed to be built given an expected enrollment increase of 3,000 by 2020, for a total of $1.2 billion.

Schools shift construction strategies in tough times

Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski went door to door to drum up voter support for a new high school in the Franklin (Mass.) Public Schools. Sabolinski visited local coffee shops to tell community members they also would get to use the new high school gym, walking track, theater and library.

School districts get creative when enrollment drops

Record lows in student enrollment and staggering budget cuts have forced some of the nation’s largest districts to close schools, a disruption that has often interfered with classroom instruction.

Curriculum Update: Diving into dual-language

Two kindergarten classes are speaking Spanish throughout most of their days in a successful opt-in, dual-language program in the Tigard-Tualatin (Ore.) School District.

Bringing science to rural classrooms

Four students in Maine had the unique chance to study organisms on their shoreline this past year to help contribute research to a new chemical bond discovery that Vanderbilt University researchers made three years ago.

Administrator sets foundation with reading and writing

With more than 30 years of education experience, Joseph Lopez brought grant money and state funding to help grow student achievement at El Paso ISD.

Pennsylvania high school provides a more open campus

This past school year has been a little less hectic for busy juniors and seniors at Hempfield High School, thanks to a new, unique online course-sharing initiative.

Opinion: Seeking the sasquatch of elementary school science

Education and business leaders, the press, and the president have all called for increased emphasis on STEM in K12 schools. “Next Generation Science Standards” are a response to those priorities.

CIO News: Schools accelerate shift to digital

Districts are trading print for digital textbooks, with 22 states making significant digital content policy changes in recent years—altering the definition of a textbook and encouraging flexible funding.

Cloud technology forecast: Sunshine with chance of showers

Cloud computing is taking K12 by storm with fully 90 percent of K12 institutions relying on or implementing cloud technology in 2012, according to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

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