T.H.E. News Update :: April 23, 2008

News & Issues

Florida Bill Eliminates Zero Tolerance

A bill filed April 18 in the Florida House of Representatives aims to prevent further harm from zero tolerance policies that have caused children to be expelled and, in some cases, arrested for violating school rules. CS/HB 7087 revises state juvenile justice statutes and provisions and, among other things, strikes all references to zero tolerance in schools and specifies that students should be expelled and referred to law enforcement only for "serious criminal offenses."...

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Alternative High School Program Expands in Georgia

A technology-assisted program for helping student attain high school diplomas is expanding in Georgia. Educational Services of America said that nine new districts are signing up for its Ombudsman Educational Services, bringing the total in Georgia to 17 districts....

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SQL Server 2005 SP3 Expected in Summer '08

Microsoft last week announced through two blogs that it plans to release the next service pack to SQL Server 2005, Service Pack 3 (SP3). The release is timed for the third quarter of this year, or after Microsoft releases SQL Server 2008 to manufacturing....

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LeapFrog Intros Handheld Early Literacy Device

LeapFrog School this week introduced a handheld device aimed at developing preK-3 reading skills, the Tag School Reader, part of the newly launched Tag School Reading System. It's expected to ship in June, with a software upgrade slated for an early 2009 release that will add Web-based student progress tracking and reporting....

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Renaissance To Roll Out Laptops to Africa

Education technology developer Renaissance Learning and non-profit Generation for Change and Growth will deploy some 5,000 refurbished AlphaSmart laptop computers in Northern Kenya in an effort to reach students in areas with high rates of illiteracy....

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MN Schools Adopt WriteToLearn for State Assessments

Students at two Minnesota high schools are using Pearson's WriteToLearn to develop writing and reading comprehension skills....

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Virtual Security Gets a Boost

How secure is your virtual environment? Recent US-CERT Cyber Security Bulletins list several vulnerabilities for versions of software from VMware that allow attackers to cause denial of service attacks, generate buffer overflows, expose password logging, and gain unauthorized privileges that can be used to hijack processes. The exposures have been addressed in patches by the company, but concern has been growing that virtual machines may get less security-related attention from IT staff than physical boxes....

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Vista SP1 Expands Language Support but Hits USB Snag

As of last Tuesday, Vista Service Pack 1 is now generally available in all 36 supported languages. Microsoft had initially rolled out Vista SP1 in just five languages....

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