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Startup Duolingo Taps Power of Crowds to Make Learning Language Free

Learning a new language is tedious and demands a lot of practice. Luis von Ahn doesn’t want all that effort to be wasted. In fact, it might be a gold mine. Von Ahn, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, is the co-creator of Duolingo, a free language-­learning site that turns students into an online workforce. His software uses their answers to simple exercises in a translation service that he expects to charge money for.

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Calif. Principal Put Struggling School on New Path

Maria Lewis spends much of her day on bent knee.

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5 States to Increase Class Time in Some Schools

Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils.

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High School Obesity Rate Drops in Miss. Students

Mississippi's obesity rate in high school students has dropped, knocking the state's teens out of the number one spot down to number five in obesity nationwide.

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Emotional Parents Add to the Complexity of Special Education in Fla.

Seven times during the meeting last year, Hillsborough School Board members used the word blackmail.

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D.C. Program Ties Teacher Salaries to Student Test Scores

Parents and school boards across the country are debating whether to offer bonuses to teachers whose students do well on standardized tests.

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Wis. Largest Teachers Unions Agree to Consider Merging

The state’s two largest teachers unions will formally discuss a merger after the Wisconsin Education Association Council voted to do so at a special assembly in Madison over the weekend.

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Wash. Officials Say Many Questions Unanswered About Charters

School districts will need to share local levy money with any charter school that opens in their service area, but it's not clear how much.

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School Field Trips Turn to Digital Technology

When Nina Corley, a high school history teacher in Galveston, Texas, prepares her students for a field trip, more often than not these days she sets up a large monitor in the front of her classroom and dials in to a live broadcast that is brought directly to the screen.

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Ohio Asks: Are E-Schools Innovative Or an Education Bust?

The Hingsbergen family of Fairfield Township, Ohio, is an e-school family.

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