Verizon is walking the talk on innovation–appointing a new innovation czar to infuse next-generation technologies into its public sector and education offerings.

The Texas state senate is considering a bill that would fund a high school program that would allow technology companies to partner with schools to teach students relevant technical skills.

CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the technology industry, announced five new executive council members to the State & Local Government and Education Council.

Onvia released the results of its Q3 State and Local Procurement Snapshot, which shows state governments continue to publish more formal bidding opportunities. State agencies have increased spending from last year, more than education and local agencies.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $4.7 million for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, which will support 18 projects across 16 states.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe aims to encourage greater high school interest in cybersecurity through the launch of Virginia’s “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge, which exposes high school students to virtual cyber scenarios and the tools NSA agents use in dealing with cyber.

The Florida Supreme Court adopted new amendments to the rules regulating the Florida Bar which will require Florida attorneys to take a minimum of three hours of technology-focused CLE courses during a three year period.

In Massachusetts the ed tech industry supports 25,000 jobs in 430 companies, making the state a leader in the ed tech space, according to LearnLaunch’s first Massachusetts Ed tech Workforce Report.

Vice President Joe Biden announced $100 million in scholarships to those who are underrepresented in the technology workforce and talked about the importance of education for information technology jobs.

As politicians, judges, and correctional facility administrators look for ways to curb recidivism and prepare former inmates for reintegration into society, distance learning has emerged as a viable option.

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