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When President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, he committed millions of federal funds to support wise use of technology in our nation's K-12 schools. The money comes with a few strings, of course. But more districts than ever can expect to receive grant funds for technology under the flexibility provided by NCLB.

This is good news because schools continue to buy computers, peripherals and a variety of related hardware at robust rates.

The hardware's faster, the software's better, the Internet's more in tune with education, and there's still nothing better than a good book. Welcome to the best products of the year.

Special education needs are important to every district. This leader knows about these needs first hand and cherishes the chance to achieve fairness for all children

Quick:

Marion Canedo is on the line, wanting to explain her school district's budget cuts, and she will, as soon as she answers the other phone that's ringing in her office. It's an accountant, calling to get figures for that night's school board presentation.

It's an age-old tradition, something that has been around since the beginning of modern man. Some experts say it is the core of any violence prevention or safety technique around.

It's talking.

Conflict is inevitable. So, when you think about keeping your schools safe, consider communication.

Images of students fleeing deadly shooting sprees in 1998-99 in Colorado and Arkansas set a new tone in classrooms nationwide.

Research shows that students achieve more when schools recognize and respect languages other than "standard written English." So, why have educators been slow in adopting corresponding practices?

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