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Guest Blogger: Matt Mello, Chief Technology Officer, Holly Area Schools

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Matt Mello, a CTO for a small Michigan school district, has been actively pursuing strategies to link kids up with mobile devices, e-readers and all the new technology. I asked Matt to think about the possibility of using donations of eBooks Readers to poor school districts. Here he offers us some thoughts.

New Bill in New York Senate Puts Exclusive Pressure on Charters

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Are we making legislative decisions based purely on anecdotal evidence and interest group talking points?

Putting Ed Reform Policy Makers in Charge of Better Info Systems

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Data Quality Campaign Managing Director Aimee Guidera says that in the push for Longitudinal Data Systems, some of these states have built Maseratis, but it's not worth it if you can't drive them anywhere, or you dont' know how to drive. Here is her push to get state decision makers to support strong LDS infrastructure and use.

New Houston Indy Super Changing Up Education Process

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Vander Ark / Ratcliff co-founder offers insight into changing school system dynamics in Houston: “If there aren’t people criticizing you,” Tom Vander Ark says, “you really don’t have an improvement agenda.”

NYC Chancellor Struggling to Upend Seniority Clause with City Teachers

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Joel Klein tries to fight for rookie teachers, who are most at risk for being laid off but who have the most potential for making lasting influences on students. His barrier: the teacher's union, which fights to preserve the positions of older teachers. The real problem: we don't have the right data to show who should stay or who should go.

Beacon School of Excellence Goes All Out to Improve Students

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The state standardized tests start today in New York City. How is one lower-income school in Brooklyn making sure its students are acing exams? Dentists.

Advance Innovative Education Considering Performance Pay for Major Certification Drive

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The mission of Advance Innovative Education is to place excellent professionals in the Louisiana school systems to benefit low-income and disadvantaged youth. One of the ways AIE CEO Kristy Hebert is doing this is through performance incentives.

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