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4/16/2018

The Educator's School Safety Network, a nonprofit organization led by mother-daughter duo Amy Klinger and Amanda Klinger, has created a live online tracker to tally the threats made to schools. The organization has been manually tracking school threats using media reports since 2014, but they moved to a live tracker after the Parkland, Fla., high-school shooting.

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National Public Radio
4/16/2018

The University of Virginia is expected to spend $50 million to become the first institution in the state to roll out a cloud-based human resources system. Under the new UFirst system, expected to be implemented by next January, the hiring process will be streamlined and the data generated will be used to improve recruitment and retention, says Chief Human Resources Officer Kelley Stuck.

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University of Virginia
4/13/2018

In this commentary, Michele Eaton, director of virtual and blended learning in an Indiana school district, shares five steps that schools can take when implementing open educational resources. For example, Eaton suggests making it easy for teachers and students to access such resources.

4/13/2018

Transportation expenses can be more than 10% of school districts' budgets, and administrators in some states are reducing costs by planning more efficient routes and by adopting new technology. In Boston, officials expect to save between $3 million and $5 million for the 2018 academic year with efficiencies discovered through the use of MIT's supercomputer network.

4/13/2018

A computer glitch affected New York students taking statewide English assessments this week. The issue appeared to be resolved, but officials have asked their vendor Questar Assessment to investigate the matter and report back.

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The Associated Press
4/12/2018

There are four key ways to leverage the power of social media in schools, writes Monica Burns, a consultant, author and former teacher. Tips include looking at other schools' online profiles and delegating some content creation to students.

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Monica Burns
4/10/2018

The location of a student's smartphone during testing could affect performance, according to the findings of a joint research project. Data show test performance was highest for those whose phones were located in a separate room versus on their desks or in their pockets or bags.

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T.H.E. Journal
4/10/2018

Those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are not eligible for in-state tuition at Arizona colleges, the Arizona Supreme Court said Monday. DACA recipients still could benefit from a state policy that limits charges to 150% of the in-state rate for any graduate of an Arizona high school who attended school in the state for three or more years.

4/9/2018

Puerto Rico's education secretary, Julia Keleher, has announced plans to shut 283 schools to help save $150 million. It's estimated that nearly 40,000 students have left the territory's schools following Hurricane Maria last year.

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Julia Keleher
4/9/2018

Some campus leaders are considering the viability of the 3.5 gigahertz Citizens Broadband Radio Service to improve cell coverage on college campuses. The Federal Communications Commission is weighing regulations regarding access to the spectrum that could determine how it is used going forward.

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Campus Technology