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Mich. teachers get help on state standards via CD-ROM

Starting this fall, Michigan teachers will get more help in the form of a CD-ROM that clarifies the state’s secondary education standards. Information on the CD explains concepts students should…

Best Practice: St. Louis schools unveil virtual-reconnaissance tool

Newly developed software could allow emergency personnel to conduct virtual reconnaissance of two St. Louis schools to hasten response time in a crisis. The need for such a tool came…

Despite first-year woes, Henrico schools to expand $18.5M laptop program

Biology teacher Ed Chapman says a science maxim aptly describes the first year of an ambitious program in Henrico County, Va., to equip the district’s high school students with laptop…

Interest in satellite child locators grows with recent abductions

Using the same technology that enables transportation managers to track the location of school buses, it’s conceivable that educators some day might use special GPS-enabled bracelets to monitor the whereabouts…

Computer tells athletes when it’s OK to play after concussion

As K-12 athletic directors gear up for another season of high school football, the safety of student athletes becomes a primary concern. Now, thanks to innovative software from the University…

Teachers’ union challenges legality of Wisconsin cyber school

A Wisconsin school district’s plans to start an online public school this fall are being challenged in court by the state’s teachers union. The Wisconsin Connections Academy is a kindergarten…

Schools brace for sale of Houghton Mifflin Co.

Debt-laden Vivendi Universal announced plans Aug. 14 to sell off $9.8 billion in assets, including educational publisher Houghton Mifflin. The announcement carries significant weight for the company’s K-12 school customers,…

Microsoft investigates possible security flaw in Internet Explorer

Microsoft Corp. is investigating claims that its popular Internet Explorer software has a loophole that lets attackers pose as legitimate web site operators, potentially giving them access to school computer…

Ohio sees surge of interest in online charter schools

With thousands of students now enrolled in four online charter schools in Ohio, state officials say there is a “huge spike” this year in the number of Ohio districts that…

School weather data enlisted to fight terror

Schools participating in a network of more than 6,000 local weather stations across the country soon might play an important role in helping the government hasten its response in the…