Rural education is receiving federal funding from an unexpected source: helium. Amid the federal government shutdown, the United States House and Senate passed a measure last week dealing with helium reserves that also reauthorized the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination program, affecting funding for more than 4,000 schools.
Follett has formally launched its 2013–2014 Follett Challenge, a competition that awards prizes to schools for "the best and most effective approaches to 21st century learning."
Geovisual software can help district leaders make data-driven decisions about redistricting, attrition, and transportation.
The National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is receiving $1.6 million in federal funds to support students with disabilities and improve on data-driven decisionmaking and implementation strategies.
NASA has chosen 12 schools as NASA Explorer Schools, half of which will also receive $5,000 grants to implement a STEM project in their classrooms before next April.
The Houston Independent School District will receive $550,000 in college scholarships as the winner of the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education.
Ecolab has awarded $912,000 in grants to K-12 teachers this year through its Visions for Learning program.
A project whose aim is to promote diversity in the geosciences is expanding into Texas high schools.
Walden University's Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is offering five $5,000 grants for schools that are willing to host "Educator for a Day" events during American Education Week in November.
Netgear has opened its new "WiFi My School" contest, which will award wireless networking gear and network attached storage devices to five winning schools.