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International Reading Association Joins America’s Promise Alliance Grad Nation Campaign

The International Reading Association (IRA) announced that it has become a partner of America’s Promise Alliance (America’s Promise) and will work with the Alliance to help reduce the nation’s high school dropout rate and ensure that America’s children and youth have the resources they need to lead healthy, successful lives.

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MPAA backs anti-piracy curriculum for elementary school students

The Motion Picture Association of America, along with the Recording Industry Association of America and the nation's main Internet service providers, is quietly backing another controversial push to educate schoolchildren about the evils of copyright piracy.

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Textbooks reassess Kennedy, putting Camelot under siege

The President John F. Kennedy students learn about today is not their grandparents’ J.F.K. In a high school textbook written by John M. Blum in 1968, Kennedy was a tragic hero, cut down too soon. By the mid-’80s, that heady excitement was a distant memory, and Kennedy a diminished one.

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Paul Vallas' Illinois residency questioned

Days after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas would be his running mate next fall, officials in that state are raising a question already asked -- but some say not fully answered -- in Connecticut.

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Los Angeles schools slow rollout of iPads amid security concerns

The Los Angeles school district is putting the brakes on a project to give an iPad to each student, a $1 billion initiative that is the largest rollout of its kind in the nation and has been plagued by students hacking the devices' security features.

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Tech company offers gunfire detection to Bay Area schools

Bay Area technology company SST has unveiled a gunshot detection system that they hope helps police respond faster in the case of mass shootings such as the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, but privacy advocates expressed concerns about the surveillance technology.

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The most important lesson schools can teach kids about reading: It's fun

Discussions of reading, especially public policy discussions, focus almost exclusively on its utilitarian value. What’s missing is the pleasure readers derive from the reading they do.

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How Congress can improve teacher education

The nation’s teacher education programs are in disarray. Many programs have low admission and graduation standards, weak curricula, inadequate clinical experience, faculty who are out of touch with practice and limited contact with schools.

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Sanford Health, WebMD and Discovery Education Healthy Living Initiative kicks off with new lesson plans and returning sweepstakes

Rooted in the four pillars of fit – mood, move, food and recharge – fit 4 the classroom helps to promote healthy habits among students with dynamic, cross-curricular lesson plans and videos that span across science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects aligned to national education standards.

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Pearson's WriteToLearn adds enhanced features for English Learners

To support EL students at Compton and other schools and districts around the country, WriteToLearn now features a selection of enhanced essay writing prompts targeted specifically at this special population. These prompts provide students with feedback that focuses on the fundamentals of writing including language usage, sentence correctness, mechanics and ordering of ideas.

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