A Florida school district is facing intense criticism over its decision to implement free online resources for math and English-language arts. Some parents insist students need traditional textbooks, but the superintendent says the curriculum has been successful. The board has called for a curriculum audit by an independent third party.
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President Barack Obama in his final State of the Union address pledged to continue supporting computer science education. "In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by ... offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on Day 1," he said.
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Some Wisconsin high schools are studying the social media policies for their student-athletes after a basketball player was disciplined for posting a tweet that included profanity and questioned policies of a state governing sports body. Some people argue that social media is free speech, but school leaders maintain student-athletes should demonstrate responsible language and behavior on these platforms.
Microsoft has expanded its GirlSpark Camp to encourage more female students in Hong Kong to consider studying computer science and eventually working in the field. A Minecraft coding workshop, among others, was offered to engage students.