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Betsy DeVos Wins Historic, Tie-Breaking Senate Vote to Become Education Secretary

Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos won a historically close Senate vote Tuesday to become secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED), despite opposition from teachers’ unions, Democrats civil rights groups and parents. At approximately 12:40 p.m. ET, Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote, making the vote 51-50 and confirming President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for the cabinet post.

E-Rate Requests for High-Speed Internet Have Doubled Since Last Year

The number of E-rate requests for high-speed internet has doubled since last year, according to the 2016 E-Rate Trends Report, prepared by Oklahoma-based consulting group Funds for Learning.

ISTE Seeks Feedback on Second Draft of Teacher Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is seeking feedback and recommendations on the second draft of its Standards for Teachers. ISTE is inviting input from the global education technology community through Feb. 28.

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.

Dropbox Introduces New Products for Teamwork

Dropbox today introduced several products and business packages designed for collaboration and teamwork.

RobotLAB introduces Engage! K–12 Platform for Teaching with Robots

RobotLAB, a San Francisco-based ed tech company, has launched a new digital platform that aims to transform the learning experience by providing robot-based lessons for a wide range of subjects and age levels. RobotLAB will be at the TCEA conference in Austin, Feb. 6-10.

Family Engagement Platform Adds Phone Alerts for District, School Administrators

LivingTree's parent engagement platform now offers Phone Alerts, a feature that adds voice capability to the texting, multimedia, private messaging and two-way conversation features already available on the platform. Voice messages can now be delivered to a parent’s phone via message post, email notification or mobile notification.

Hawaii and Kentucky are Among States That Lead the Way in Connectivity

The second annual “State of the States” report on the state of broadband connectivity in United States schools finds that Hawaii and Kentucky are among a number of states that are leading the way in ensuring that their students have access to equal educational opportunities provided by technology.

Oregon School Administrators Resign After Mocking Students in Text Messages

Two Willamette Valley school administrators have resigned after being placed on leave for sending text messages in which they mocked former students.

CTL Debuts J5X Convertible Touch Chromebook for Education

CTL has introduced a new convertible, touch-capable laptop designed to withstand the rigors of student-use in K–12 classrooms, the company announced Friday at the Future of Education Technology Conference.

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