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Be a source for our story on e-textbooks

The transition to e-textbooks has allowed districts, schools and teachers to create their own curriculum. If someone in your district has created their own e-textbook, we'd like to hear about. Please follow the link to contact us.

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Tech project changed how we view our librarians

Think about the vast resources available on the internet: primary sources, e-books and applications accessible with a click or tap. It is an unbelievable toolbox that, unfortunately, many teachers and curriculum departments don’t know how to leverage.

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Cadaver lab gives students in-depth STEM experience

An austere doctor’s office with three cadavers laid out on stainless-steel examination tables awaits students from seven Illinois high schools. Reminiscent of a scene from CSI, it's a lab where advanced biology students can get a hands-on experience of medical science by dissecting human bodies.

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New laws make more room for prayer in schools

New and pending laws in several Southern states are reaffirming students’ rights to pray during the school day and at school-sponsored events such as graduations and football games.

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New rules restrict junk food from schools

After July 1, students will have a harder time getting their hands on junk food in public schools, as stricter standards raise the nutritional value of what’s available in cafeterias, campus stores, snack bars and vending machines.

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Autism rates rise again

Autism rates soared by nearly 30 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in 68 eight-year-olds was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2010—a rate that has more than doubled since the year 2000, when 1 in 150 children were identified.

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An alternative approach to preventing bullying

By engaging students in leadership roles and increasing their skills and understandings, the climate of support for bullying will decline, conflicts will be more readily resolved and students will be more likely to intervene positively.

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Jennings School District hums a new tune for success

When students in music class at Jennings School District in Missouri started taking violin lessons, they would show when they were frustrated. After a year of playing beautiful music, the students wait a beat, and calm down, instead of acting out.

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The Business Of: e-payments

A step for districts going paperless is to stop accepting cash or paper checks from parents. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items.

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On Topic: The SAT and social equity

University of San Francisco associate professor Richard Greggory Johnson III, who focuses on social equity and human rights, says the same problems that have historically plagued the SAT will remain in the updated version, and that the exam really isn’t needed at all.

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