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Long-Term Broadband Goals Still on Far Horizon for Most Districts

Funding continues to be the biggest barrier for districts in their efforts to increase connectivity, in particular monthly recurring costs.

California Schools Tackle Achievement Gaps of Largest Demographic in State: Latino Students

While educational outcomes for Latino students have improved in recent decades, according to a new report from the Education Trust - West, there's still plenty of room for progress.

Motivation a Major Factor in U.S. Student Test Performance

A new report finds that bribery substantially boosts U.S. student performance on standardized tests, leading researchers to conclude that lack of motivation, not just lack of ability, has contributed to the United States' middling standings in international rankings based on standardized test scores.

Girls Who Code Launches Paid 2-Week Summer Courses

Girls Who Code will be reaching an additional thousand girls this summer with accelerated versions of its coding lessons. "Girls Who Code Campus," as the new program is called, will kick off in six cities for middle and high school students.

Browser Extension Helps Identify Fake News Accounts on Twitter

As the software creators explained, they undertook the work specifically to address political propaganda bots, which are intended to weaken and subvert American political discourse. These bots are automated or semi-automated Twitter accounts that live behind the façade of a real person and that often retweet other content instead of tweeting their own, especially fake news.

CoSN Calls on FCC to Continue Lifeline Program Modernization

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is urging the Federal Communications Commission to uphold the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order, aimed at bringing broadband to low-income households by providing discounts for services to qualifying individuals.

'Great Thanksgiving Listen' Induces High Schoolers to Interview Elders

Although the work adheres to Common Core standards for English language arts, the organizers reported, it's appropriate for any number of courses, including American history, social studies, journalism, drama, English as a second language, media and technology.

Google Contest Exposes Students to Open Source Coding

Google is opening its eighth-annual Code-in Nov. 28. The challenge calls on pre-university students aged 13 to 17 to complete coding tasks on open source projects, with the aim of exposing teenagers to open source software development.

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