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Rural North Carolina Schools New Security System Serves As National Model

For years, administrators at Duplin County (N.C.) Schools felt confident about the safety of the students, faculty and staff in the K-12 district. But the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school that left 26 people dead in December 2012 had school officials across the nation reassessing their potential vulnerabilities.

Finding Some Common Ground: Can it Last for the Next Session of Congress?

The Bipartisan Budget Act passed the House and will pass the Senate and become law before adjourning. There was no interest by the conference committee to a long-term grand bargain that could have included reforms to entitlement programs and taxes. The agreement addresses short-term spending or immediate budget needs.

Five Developments in Wallcovering that Help Schools Thrive

When you enter a room, what do you notice first? Chances are it’s the walls. Wallcoverings are one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to create design impact in a school.

Let's Make A Deal And Kick the Can Down the Road

This piece was very difficult to write. Influencing what was finally written were: too many false starts and stops to count; changes in strategy; different proposals and the real possibility of coming up with nothing. The shutdown and deficit ceiling part has been rewritten at least five times and this opening three different times. Originally, the title for this piece was “Oh, No! Not Again, or To Be or Not to Be That is the Question,” for the ongoing shutdown, but there was a deal that ended the stalemate late on Wednesday, Oct. 16. However, the pain is not over, nor are the negotiations to solve all of the issues that forced the closure and the brink of not increasing the debt ceiling. The “deal” crafted by Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, and several senators from both parties passed both houses of Congress and was signed by the President, was a short-term fix. This is the reason for the revised title. The deal was not a fix but a temporary band-aid.

Options for Learning: Innovation in Education

With the growth of private and charter schools it is clear parents are looking for choices. Districts are evolving their curriculum to include programs focused on S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and language immersion

Where Do Things Stand?

Will philosophical differences In Congress doom all legislation?

OSHA’s New Hazard Communication Standard

In March, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a revised Hazard Communication Standard that requires employers to train any employees who work with hazardous chemicals to use newly designed hazardous material labels and materi

The FY 2014 Obama Education Budget: A Realistic Proposal or Just Dead on Arrival?

On Wednesday, Apr. 10, President Obama made public his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget which includes several key investments in education. There are several programs and initiatives that cut across agency budgets and require partnerships/joint ventures



Grand Gesture, Grand Bargain or Nothing at All

The political drama continues in Washington, D.C., with the White House, Congress and individual agencies. One thing is for sure: no one really knows the true impact of the budget cuts on the nation’s economy, national security, defense preparedness

To Be or Not to Be: Can Washington Work Together? That Is the Question

As the second term of Barack Obama’s Presidency begins and the 113th Congress convenes, most Americans wonder whether the two parties and the two branches of government can work together to find common ground and address the numerous critical, salien

LED Lighting Prepares For School

If you're paying a premium for electricity, ask a lighting manufacturer to help you determine the initial cost and payback period for these kinds of LED retrofits. You might discover that it is worth bringing in LEDs this year.

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