T.H.E. News Update :: August 22, 2007

News & Issues

10 CA Schools Automate Parental Notification

Ten districts in California have signed on with TeleParent and plan to have the parental notification system up and running by the start of the school year. The deployment impacts schools representing about 200,000 students, including a large number of multi-lingual students....

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Mississippi District Deploys Anonymous Reporting System

Rankin County School District, located in Mississippi, announced that it will deploy AnComm's anonymous reporting and emergency notification system in 13 schools for the upcoming school year. The program is designed to increase the flow of communications between faculty, administration, and students at the schools, allowing students to communicate problems and issues without embarrassment or retribution, according to Rankin County Schools....

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CDW-G Releases Security Self-Assessment for Schools

Last month we reported on a study by CDW Government (CDW-G) "K-12 School Safety Index 2007," a research study that measured the state of data and physical security in American K-12 schools. Now CDW-G has released a self-assessment tool for districts to measure their levels of safety for themselves....

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Georgia Expands Program for Students at Risk

Four districts in Georgia are gearing up to deploy Ombudsman Educational Services for the fall. OES, from Educational Services of America, is a program designed for students who have been expelled, who have behavioral problems, or who are otherwise deemed right for alternative education. It's targeted toward middle- and high-school students....

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Westinghouse Launches STEM Grant

Westinghouse Electric Co. has launched a new grant program for middle schools and high schools. Dubbed the "N-Visioning a Brighter Future Grant Program," the grant will award $1,000 each to five schools based on the merits of their proposed hands-on project with students....

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Blackboard Debuts Anti-Plagiarism Technology for LMS

Blackboard this week debuted a new tool called SafeAssign, which is designed to eliminate plagiarism in student assignments. The service detects plagiarized works in student papers and delivers reports on such incidents through the Blackboard Learning System....

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