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High-poverty urban districts strive to close the digital divide

Philadelphia's speedy Internet does students and teachers little good in many schools. The district paid for its Internet upgrades using the federal e-rate program, a subsidy that can only be used for networking and telecommunications, not for buying the devices teachers and students use to go online. Overall, the district has one computer for every two students with 60 percent of the computers being over five years old.

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How teacher prep programs are failing new teachers

The National Council on Teacher Quality's second annual evaluation of teacher preparation programs found that only 7 percent performed well enough to achieve "top status." Three out of four programs "fail to insist that applicants meet even modest standards," the group wrote, meaning at least a 3.0 grade point average, or scoring above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT.

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Avoiding summer learning loss for teachers and students

Students, teachers and parents can have an enjoyable summer while continuing the education process. Teachers can improve their craft by participating in professional development that focuses on how to better engage students in relevant learning. Continuous teacher training and learning are vital to student success.

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The fate of our nation rests on school lunches

As with many institutions and universal ideas in this nation in recent years, it seems that even something as right and as basic as feeding children food that is good for them has become politicized. The idea of school lunch as an egalitarian mechanism to nourish our nation’s potential has long been discarded and devalued. We are faced with an enormous crisis of health, education and inequality.

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Report shows gap between educational aspirations and preparation for Hispanic students

Although 83 percent of Hispanic students aspire to earn a postsecondary degree, just under a fourth are academically prepared to reach that goal, according to the new "The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013: Hispanic Students" report released by ACT and Excelencia in Education.

Coping with crisis in Oregon schools with mental health interventionists

The Medford School District's efforts to reach out to troubled students in middle and high school is a much-needed response to a growing problem. Given the rapidly rising number of people under 18 receiving mental health services in general, the Oregon Legislature should take a hard look next year at increasing funding for adolescent mental health treatment statewide.

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Poll finds adults prefer local decisions on school lunch nutrition

According to a new Rasmussen Poll, 25 percent of adults surveyed said the federal government should set nutritional standards for schools, up from 18 percent last August. The poll found that 51 percent believe standards should be set by parent teacher groups or by local governments, and 15 percent said they should be set by state governments.

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Public schools' next challenge: market themselves to attract students

Thanks to education reform and technology, K12 students and their families now have more options for how/where/when they receive their education. Students are leaving traditional public schools for perceived greener pastures, including online, charter or private schools. Now districts have a new challenge: how to market themselves to attract students to attend their schools.

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Oregon school shooting: deadly violence in schools still rare, statistics show

The reality is that although school shootings have permeated the national consciousness in recent years, deadly violence in schools is rare, data show. Of the 563,000 students in Oregon schools, 17 were disciplined for having rifles, shotguns or handguns in their possession in 2012-2013.

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"Cool" kids in middle school struggle in their 20s, study finds

Scientists tracked nearly 200 13-years-olds in the Southeastern United States for 10 years, gauging how much they valued their popularity, how important appearance was in seeking out friends and if they used drugs or had romantic relationships. In the newly published study, the average “cool” teen in high school, by age 22, had a 45% greater rate of problems due to substance use.

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