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11/13/2018

A New York state school district recently added to its fleet five battery-powered buses that produce zero emissions. The fully electric buses cost $365,000 each -- more than three times what a diesel bus would cost -- but proponents say early adoption of the environmentally friendly buses will cause prices to go down.

11/13/2018

A photo of a group of male students giving a Nazi salute at a Wisconsin high school's prom has gone viral after it was posted on Twitter. School officials say they are investigating the matter.

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11/12/2018

The Federal Communications Commission is considering changes to Educational Broadband Service spectrum licenses -- many of which were earmarked for school districts and educational institutions -- that would open existing spectrum licenses to the open market. The move also would allow new licenses to go to districts for free, including in rural areas, where officials want to use them to expand broadband access in their communities and close the homework gap.

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The Hechinger Report
11/12/2018

Children who experience trauma could be at greater risk for mental illness and addiction in adulthood, according to a study of 1,420 children in North Carolina led by William Copeland, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont. He says his research supports labeling childhood trauma a public health issue.

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National Public Radio
11/12/2018

The head of a school in China has been removed from that position after it was discovered he was using the school's electricity to mine for bitcoin. Officials say he used eight machines over the past year, resulting in electricity costs equivalent to $2,120.

11/12/2018

More K-12 teachers are using the popular escape room concept as a fun way to help students develop problem-solving skills. At a school in Michigan, teachers created an escape room with a candy factory theme, in which students searched for clues and answered questions related to their English-language arts curriculum.

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The Detroit News
11/12/2018

A video posted to Instagram last week of a high-school student in Baltimore hitting a teacher has gone viral. A representative of the local teachers' union says the teacher is upset but has forgiven the student.

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The Baltimore Sun
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11/9/2018

School libraries for K-12 students are becoming hubs for learning and collaboration, with districts such as Harbor Beach Community Schools in Michigan spending $50,000 on a remodeled high-tech library media center last year. These spaces, with makerspaces and robust infrastructures, are increasingly popular for tinkering, coding and creative project work.

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EdTech
11/9/2018

Many mobile apps licensed by schools go unused, according to a study co-authored by Ryan Baker, director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Learning Analytics. The findings show that districts may not be getting their money's worth for the licenses, since many of the apps promise results only with regular usage and they found that a median of 97.6% of licenses were not used "intensively."

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EdSurge
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11/9/2018

Schools may be unintentionally harming students' creativity by attempting to help cultivate it, according to writer and teacher Diana Senechal. She writes that educators -- and some employers -- are establishing systems that dissect and assess students' creativity, rather than allowing it to develop more naturally.

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Quartz
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