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$400 million gift aids school laptop program

Its attention drawn by Maine’s middle-school laptop program, a Texas company said that it’s giving Maine schools software valued at $400 million to help the state implement its pioneering effort.…

Report: ED shares personal student data

High school seniors who tap the government’s online student aid application to find relief for soaring college tuitions should approach with caution. The private information disclosed on such forms—including social…

Microsoft ruling opens Windows options

Educators turning on new Windows computers in the coming months could see important new changes, including prominent links for programs such as music and internet software from some of Microsoft…

Feds: Schools could save $1.5 billion in energy costs

Without an act of Congress or a single tax levy, our schools could get $1.5 billion in brand-new funding, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That’s the amount of…

Congress extends ‘fair use’ clause to digital education

Educators are applauding the passage of a bill that will allow teachers to use digitized portions of copyrighted materials—such as film, sound, and other media clips—in online courses and other…

Schools get $240M to improve math, science education

To improve math and science instruction in classrooms nationwide, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has committed $240 million to 24 five-year grant projects through its ambitious new Math and Science…

Best Practice: Challenger centers motivate students to excel in science

The Colorado Springs, Colo., eighth-graders stared intently at their manuals, confident they would complete their mission. But this was no ordinary school assignment: During a recent visit to the city’s…

Study: Nearly two-thirds of districts use wireless systems

Wireless technologies and mobile computing have moved beyond the pilot and early-adoption stage and into mainstream use in United States schools, according to a study co-published by The Peak Group…

California’s Gov. Davis buries eWaste recycling bill

California Gov. Gray Davis vetoed a bill Sept. 30 that would have set a mandatory $10 recycling fee—the first in the nation—on each of millions of new televisions and computers…

Houghton Mifflin sells Sunburst Technology to investment firm

Thayer Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity investment firm, has acquired Sunburst Technology, a division of Houghton Mifflin Co. and a leading supplier of software to schools in the…