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Nearly one in five high school seniors smoke, study finds

Almost 1 in 5 (18 percent) of high school seniors smoke waterpipes, or hookahs, according to a new study from New York University researchers. The study found that students with more educated parents or higher personal income are at high risk for use.

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Mount Vernon hires Kenneth Hamilton as superintendent

The Mount Vernon Board of Education has chosen a longtime New Jersey school administrator as the city's next superintendent. Kenneth Hamilton, currently the superintendent for Monroe Township, will replace interim Superintendent Judith Johnson.

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Michigan school chief promises to get tough with charter authorizers

State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced he is giving notice to Michigan’s charter school authorizers that he will be exercising his statutory authority to prevent them from granting new charters if authorizers’ performance does not measure up.

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Maryland county's parents, officials divided over cell phone towers

Prince George’s County school officials and residents are divided over whether cell phone towers should be built on school grounds. The county is currently considering a plan for towers on nine sites to be built by Milestone Communications.

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New Orleans school rebuilding plan faces financial shortfall

Almost four years after receiving a $1.8 billion FEMA settlement to reconstruct public schools damaged in Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has completed 11 new schools and renovated seven more, of a planned 82. A Louisiana report confirms, however, that the city's two school systems do not have enough money to complete the plan.

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New iPad app from Scientific Learning Corp. addresses reading

Scientific Learning Corp.'s Fast ForWord program will be available on the iPad this fall. The program addresses foundational language and literacy skills and memory, attention, processing and sequencing skill development.

College and career readiness system released by WIN Learning

WIN Career Readiness System, a new digital teaching and learning solution for college and career readiness preparation from WIN Learning, includes a single sign-on portal for instant access to the program's four components as well as embedded assessments powered by Kuder.

New science learning app launched by PASCO scientific

PASCO scientific released SPARKvue, a science learning application that combines content, data collection, visualization, analysis and assessment. With the new version, students and teachers can share data and collaborate on lab activities in real time.

Charter schools misunderstood, have much to offer Michigan families

Charters are accountable in ways that traditional public schools are not. 

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The fallacy of ‘balanced literacy’

An approach to reading that so frustrated me and my students is once again about to become the norm in New York City, as the new schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, has announced plans to reinstate a “balanced literacy” approach in English classrooms. 

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