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How to jumpstart tech use in low-income schools

The challenges of rural schools are many of the same (though not all) that low-income public schools face across the country: inadequate access to technology and broadband, tight budgets, and educators who have not been trained in using technology in meaningful ways. But these hurdles did not deter Daisy Dyer Duerr, Prek-12 Principal of St. Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, Ark.

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Waukee schools to use new technology to screen visitors

Waukee will become the latest Iowa school district to install a high-tech software program, called the Raptor Visitor Management System, that screens visitors to ensure they are not in the national database for sex offenders.

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Utah school technology price tag as much as $750M

Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart unveiled her plan to invest up to $300 million for technology in schools, but a soon-to-be released report suggests the price tag to put devices in every Utah student’s hands might actually be much steeper. A draft of the report, from a work group associated with the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, pegs the cost of 1-to-1 devices in Utah schools at as much as $750 million for the first year.

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Indiana redefines the classroom with new tech high schools

New tech high schools are booming in Northeast Indiana. The area is known for its defense and manufacturing industries. To retain those sectors, these schools have found a way to keep young talent by teaching skills that will create opportunities and career advancement within the community.

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House education panel delves into vo-tech credits

Alaska's House Education Committee is looking into funding aspects of an education bill by Gov. Sean Parnell that would allow vocational credits to be counted as high school credits for participating students. Under the bill, the 10 vocational schools involved must have an agreement in place with high schools that send students into their program or face a 20 percent reduction in state funding.

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800 Bayonne, N.J., students receive laptops

By the end of last week, 800 Bayonne, N.J., students were expected to be roaming the hallways with books in hand and, if all goes according to plan, carrying new Google Chromebooks. A few months ago, the Bayonne school district went wireless in all its classrooms to prepare for the new digital state tests.

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Penn Manor distributes 1,700 laptops to high school students

Penn Manor High School recently distributed more than 1,700 laptop computers to its students for use in the classroom in the largest 1-to-1 student laptop program of any school district in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. Every student in grades nine through 12 received a custom-designed Acer computer, carrying case, charger and mouse.

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South Dakota district vo-tech center gets $2 million boost

The Aberdeen Public School District has been awarded a $2 million Governor’s Grant for Career and Technical Education, one of a dozen districts statewide receiving a total of over $8.5 million. The grant will pay for a considerable portion of a new vocational and technical education center.

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Largest N.Y. charter seeks 41 percent enrollment increase

The Charter School for Applied Technologies in Tonawanda, N.Y., has requested an amendment to its charter from the state Education Department to increase its enrollment quota to 2,365 from 1,675 over the course of three years.

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