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Microsoft amends $1 billion school settlement offer

Microsoft Corp. on Dec. 10 announced changes to its offer to settle private antitrust lawsuits by donating reduced-price software, computers, and training to needy schools. The changes are designed to…

New wave of schools offer high-tech, hands-on training

A new generation of schools is cropping up across the country—small, technology-driven magnet schools that focus on providing students with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in the…

Apple fights Microsoft’s $1 billion ‘gift’ to schools

In another twist to the controversial settlement proposed by software giant Microsoft Corp. to end private antitrust suits against it, rival Apple Computer Inc. said it will file a supplemental…

House Republicans block $2.5 billion increase for IDEA

Some educators and makers of assistive technologies are decrying a successful move by House Republicans to block $2.5 billion in guaranteed funding increases for students with disabilities under the Individuals…

State budget shortfalls threaten school technology programs

With state governments from Maine to California facing severe budget shortfalls, legislators and state education officials are targeting school technology programs for possible budget cuts. An already-slumping economy, further damaged…

Calendar of Events

December Dec. 12-14 Roanoke, Va. Virginia Department of Education’s 7th Annual Educational Technology Leadership Conference. This event brings together educational technology leaders, administrators, and pioneers from all over Virginia and…

DA probes school districts eMail deletion

In a case that raises questions about how long school districts must keep electronic records to avoid litigation, a Madison, Wis., district attorney is investigating whether the local school district’s…

House bill would establish ‘kid-friendly’ web domain

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are considering having the government establish a “child-friendly” internet domain, because the international body that governs domain names has refused to create a…

States, schools sharply divided over proposed Microsoft settlement

The epic legal battle between the United States Department of Justice (JD) and Microsoft Corp. took a giant step toward resolution last month, as the two parties on Nov. 2…

School suspends students based on polygraph results

High-stakes testing took on a new meaning at a Dunlap, Ill., high school recently, as the school may be the first in the nation to use a polygraph machine to…