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From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorMy best wishes and those of everyone at MDR to all our readers for a wonderful Holiday Season and a prosperous and peace-filled New Year. It hardly seems possible that another year has passed. The new year will pose many challenges and in almost every instance education can contribute to the solution. I have always felt blest to be part of the education industry, to do something that I love and at the same to be able to contribute even just a bit to the growth of students and the support of educators.

We will be taking a publishing break over the holidays, returning with the first issue of 2015 on January 9. Things should be relatively quiet over the break.

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Voice from the Industry

Chuck Amos, CEO, GuideK12Advice to Start-Up Ed Tech Companies

This may sound strange, but for small companies, not all growth is good growth. Measured growth is best.

  • Listen to your customers and engage them in every step.
  • Recognize and balance the sometimes competing and conflicting needs of customers, investors, and employees.
  • Ask good questions and stay fact- and data-driven.
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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamAre we really saying good-bye to 2014, friends? It is so hard for me to believe. They say each year goes by more quickly, and I know that to be true. Take a minute now before you head out to the holiday season to check out the final scoops of this year....

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FCC Continues E-Rate Reboot To Meet the Needs of 21st Century Digital Learning

Taking significant additional steps to ensure that the nation’s schools and libraries have access to robust high-speed broadband connections, the Federal Communications Commission today approved further modernization of its E-rate program, the nation’s largest program supporting education technology. Today the Commission adopted an Order aimed at closing the connectivity gap by making more funding available for libraries and schools to purchase broadband connectivity capable of delivering gigabit service over the next five years. The Order also provides schools and libraries additional flexibility and options for purchasing broadband services to enable schools and libraries to meet their Internet capacity needs in the most cost-effective way possible.

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18 States Awarded New Preschool Development Grants

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today that 18 states have been awarded grants, totaling more than $226 million, under the Preschool Development Grants program. From the 36 applications the departments received, five states will be awarded development grants: Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana and Nevada. Thirteen will receive expansion grants: Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.

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