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Sherwood, Ore., high school engineering teacher John Niebergall, left, and teacher Allison Meadows instruct student Garret Heckenberg on how to use a high-tech PlasmaCam, which cuts steel.
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Manufacturing-Job Growth Prompts K-12 Training Effort

High schools are creating programs to prepare students for high-tech manufacturing jobs amid projections of a 42 percent increase in the sector by 2018. (February 4, 2014)

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After severing its ties with the controversial data-management company, the state must determine how it will store and organize student information. April 15, 2014 – Education Week
Spurred by concerns about technology and new assessments, legislators in a number of states act to address student-data protection. April 15, 2014 – Education Week
A review of the data-privacy policies of Edmodo, Khan Academy, and Pearson—which have access to information about tens of millions of students—yields concerns. April 14, 2014 – Education Week
Companies and K-12 schools are struggling to plot their way out of what has become an emotionally charged and polarized atmosphere around data privacy. April 14, 2014 – Education Week
Following the thrill of launching new businesses, two ed-tech startups are facing the challenges of making smart decisions to attract more customers and grow revenues. April 1, 2014 – Education Week
The virtual education provider says the move is intended to regroup similar resources under a single banner, and not to distance some of its services from a spate of critical news. April 1, 2014 – Education Week
A business group says Massachusetts risks growing complacent in its academic status if state officials don't make fundamental changes in school autonomy, funding, and other areas. April 1, 2014 – Education Week
A private equity company plans to acquire Renaissance Learning for $1.1 billion in a deal that will be one of the largest acquisitions ever in educational technology. March 24, 2014 – Education Week
A judge has tossed out an effort to win class-action status for a lawsuit accusing Google of violating the privacy of company email users. March 19, 2014 – AP
The company acknowledges scanning the emails of Apps for Education users and faces allegations in a federal lawsuit that it built "surreptitious user profiles" for advertising purposes. March 13, 2014 | Updated: March 26, 2014 – Education Week

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