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Math Test Troubles Teachers in North Carolina

If you're facing a teacher shortage for math and a sizable number of potential candidates are failing a math test designed to check their expertise, what do you drop — the teachers or the test?

New Programs Aim to Help Girls, Women Attain Tech Training

The National Center for Women & Information Technology recently received a $4.1 million grant from the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, a nonprofit that supports STEM education and skills initiatives for U.S. workers and students. The funding will be dedicated to setting up digital skills education programs and an "awareness campaign" to spark interest among females of all ages in going after careers in technology.

$300,000 Literacy Grant Opens

The Library of Congress has started accepting nominations for its Literacy Awards program, which will award multiple prizes of up to $150,000 to schools and other organizations for their efforts at promoting literacy.

Report: Education Priorities for New Governors

A Center of American Progress report gives new governors a framework for how to move forward with education policy.

San Diego District Breach Derails Data of More than 500,000

In late December, families in the San Diego Unified School District were notified of a data breach launched through successful phishing emails. The number of affected people totaled more than 500,000, according to the district.

Public School Revenue and Spending Up in Latest Year of Reporting

The National Center for Education Statistics has produced its latest "first look" report, providing interesting data on state-level revenues and expenditures in public schools, covering fiscal year 2016 (school year 2015-2016).

Homework Gap Persists Despite Broadband Gains

A new report finds fewer than 10 percent of school districts report that all students have access to non-shared devices at home, while the number of schools offering broadband at school continues to rise.

Follett Acquires College and Career Readiness Company

NextTier's cloud-based software helps school counselors implement college and career readiness planning programs and enables students to do job exploration, beginning in grade six, find scholarships and apply for college.

New Evidence-Based Education Program Focuses on Reading Instruction

The University of Oregon's Center of Teaching and Learning is collaborating with Catapult Learning to launch the Institute for Scaling Evidence-Based Education.

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