Administrative/Business Tools


Senate Votes to Close Debate on DeVos, Conduct Full Vote Next Week

The United States Senate voted early Friday to advance the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of the Department of Education (ED) to a full note next week. By a 52-48 vote along party lines, the Senate voted to close debate on DeVos’ nomination by President Donald Trump, which has been one of his most controversial cabinet picks and could be the most contentious nomination for an ED secretary in American history.

PowerSchool Acquisition Expands SIS Platform With Enterprise Resource Planning Tools

The company recently acquired administrative software solutions company SunGard K–12. More than 100 million educators, parents and teachers now have access to a comprehensive and integrated platform that includes SIS, ERP and PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom platform.

Allovue Launches New Budgeting Product for School Districts

Allovue, an education finance technology company, has launched a new budgeting product for school districts. Balance Budget, part of the Balance software platform, was built to simplify the time-consuming process of creating and managing district budgets across central office departments and schools.

ED Nominee DeVos Faces Evenly Split Senate as Two GOP Lawmakers Defect

Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Education (ED), could be the most controversial pick for that post in American history. After her confirmation hearing and narrow approval Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — said they would vote against DeVos in the full Senate.

ED Secretary Nominee Narrowly Wins Committee Vote

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions narrowly approved the nomination of Betsy DeVos Tuesday for secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED). The committee voted 12-11 to approve President Donald Trump’s pick to head the ED, splitting along party lines.

D-Tech International Introduces App to Help Library Patrons Using Mobile Devices

D-Tech International is introducing appIT, a library app developed exclusively for patrons to use on mobile devices. The library app is the first of its kind in the library market, the company said, and will be used to check out items, check account status, pay fines and more.

Impero Education Pro 6 Adds Cloud-Based Analytics Tool for Visualizing Safety Data

School IT provider Impero Software is debuting Impero Education Pro 6 at the FETC conference, taking place this week in Orlando, FL.

ED Reveals Final Regulation on Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs

The United States Department of Education (ED) has announced final regulations tied to competitive grant programs and open licensing. When educational institutions apply for grants, they are required to share certain findings and resources publicly, with some exceptions, so other educators, students and institutions may benefit.

El Paso School District Receives $8 Million to Provide Students with Tech Tools, STEM Education

Five middle schools in the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) have joined the Verizon Innovative Learning Initiative and are receiving a grant of $8 million — $1.6 million each — to provide all students and teachers with access to technology tools, service, STEM education programs and training over a two-year period.

World Affairs Council Honors Blackboard for Global Commitment to Education

The World Affairs Council-Washington, D.C. has honored Blackboard with a Global Education Award, recognizing the ed tech company’s commitment to education worldwide.

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