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December 31, 2012

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Some final news from the neo-liberals in 2012…

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More schools add online courses
Dayton Daily News | Dayton, OH
More Miami Valley school districts are offering blended learning, a combination of traditional classes and online learning. Gov. John Kasich has encouraged the expansion of digital learning to adapt the classroom experience for students because of advances in techology. Officials say blended learning provides (read)
No double standard for schools
Philadelphia Inquirer | Philadelphia, PA
Auditor General Jack Wagner claims that Pennsylvania’s charter schools, which educate more than 105,000 students across the commonwealth, are overfunded. Is he right? Charter schools and cyber charter schools are public schools subject to the same evaluation standards as brick-and-mortar schools (read)
Pearson Acquires Stake in Nook Unit
Wall Street Journal
Pearson PLC, the British publishing and education company, bought a 5% stake in Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media digital business for $89.5 million, the companies said Friday, giving Pearson its first toehold in the fast-growing e-reader market. The move gives Barnes & Noble much-needed cash to continue (read)
Urbana high school, junior high students utilize own technology for learning
Urbana Daily Citizen | Urbana, OH
Some Urbana Junior High and High School students haven’t been getting a rap on the knuckles for bringing out their Kindles or iPads in class, thanks to a new Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) pilot program. Through the program, students can use their smartphones, tablets or laptops in some classes in (read)
Plattsmouth school staff unveil 1:1 laptop technology proposal
The Journal | Plattsmouth, NE
Members of a Plattsmouth Community Schools technology committee have proposed integrating laptop computers into district classrooms beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. The committee’s proposal calls for all K-12 teachers to receive laptops next year and high school students to receive computers (read)
Online academy classes to be tested in ID schools
Associated Press (Idaho)
Starting next fall, Idaho students could have the option of taking math, history and other online classes provided by the Khan Academy, the online content nonprofit that provides courses free to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Education officials with Northwest Nazarene University and the J.A. and Kathryn (read)
Charter schools now big business nationwide
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pittsburgh, PA
The early charter schools in Pennsylvania were largely the product of passionate parents or community groups, who sometimes planned their dream schools around the kitchen table. But the picture has changed dramatically since the charter school law was passed in Pennsylvania in 1997, with an expansion of (read)
Education collaborative exploring idea for virtual school
MetroWest Daily News | Framingham, MA
With a new law on the way opening the door for more virtual schools in the state, a local education collaborative could be among the first to try to start one. The Education Cooperative (TEC), which counts Framingham, Natick, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medfield, Millis and Wayland as members, has had (read)
Online K-12 Public School Grows Statewide
Indiana Public Media
Although charter schools get most of the attention when it comes to education alternatives, there is the option of an online public education that is rapidly growing in interest. Indiana Connections Academy is a Kindergarten through 12th grade public online school in the state. Principal Melissa Brown says the (read)
NEF Adopt a School Initiative Designed to Reach 2020 Mission Goal: STEM+ Academies in all US Schools
Press Release
NEF has created an innovative program, ADOPT-A-SCHOOL PROGRAM, in partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY) that is a great way to bridge the gap between businesses and non-profits. This private-public partnership creates a working relationship that can bring about a social change (read)
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