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2 dead in post-Mardi Gras parade shooting in Miss.

usatoday.com — A shooting after a large Mardi Gras parade in coastal Mississippi left at least two people dead on Sunday, police said. The shooting, in Pass Christian, Miss., about 60 miles northeast of New Orleans, left at least four others hospitalized, WLOX-TV reported. About 200 people scattered at the sounds of gunshots, the Sun Herald reported.

Acting Ed. Secretary: Educators 'unfairly blamed' for schools' challenges

usatoday.com — PHILADELPHIA - In his first major speech, the acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King apologized to the nation's teachers.
Feb 07, 2016

Acting Ed. Secretary: Educators 'unfairly blamed' for schools' challenges usat.ly/1Xc1iV4 via @azcentral

Many low-, moderate-income families 'under-connected' to Internet

usatoday.com — Remember the "digital divide"? Well, forget it. These days, the key divide isn't between the digital "haves" and "have nots." It's between the fully-connected - people who enjoy multi-device home broadband and wifi - and the not-quite-fully-connected, who don't. New research shows that basic Internet access is nearly universal, even among low- and moderate-income U.S.
Feb 03, 2016

Many families 'under-connected' to Internet usat.ly/1X2aZ8u via @usatoday

Feb 03, 2016

@gtoppo reports many families 'under-connected' to Internet; often only by mobile or service cut off usat.ly/1X2aZ8u via @USATODAY

Feb 03, 2016

91% of low/moderate-income US families have basic Internet access, but are "underconnected" usatoday.com/story/news/201… pic.twitter.com/IgUj815Z6V

Feb 03, 2016

Many low-, moderate-income families 'under-connected' to Internet usat.ly/1X2aZ8u via @USATODAY

Feb 03, 2016

Researchers notice a major digital divide in the U.S. The gap is hurting low income families meet basic needs. usat.ly/1X2aZ8u

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Powerful storm hits southern Calif., knocks out power to thousands; 1 dead

usatoday.com — A powerful Pacific storm rocked southern California on Sunday, knocking out power to thousands in San Diego and killing at least one person. Winds knocked over more than a dozen trees across the area, damaging homes and blocking roads - including a section of Interstate 5 in Oceanside, Calif., The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Investigators to release trove of evidence in Philly Amtrak crash

usatoday.com — Federal investigators on Monday are expected to release a trove of evidence in the May 12, 2015, Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight commuters and injured more than 200. Among the key mysteries that the materials may help answer: Why did the train take a sharp curve north of a Philadelphia station at twice the speed limit?
Jan 31, 2016

Investigators to release trove of evidence in Philly Amtrak crash usat.ly/1SSqbpc via @USATODAY

Jan 31, 2016

RT @alisonannyoung: Investigators to release trove of evidence in Philly Amtrak crash usat.ly/1SSqbpc via @USATODAY

New analysis of math, reading scores 'very disconcerting'

wtsp.com — Decades of bleak results from kids' standardized tests now seem almost routine, but a new study made public Tuesday scratches beneath the surface to pin down just how many students in major U.S. metropolitan areas can actually read or do math proficiently. The results: Startlingly few.

New analysis of math, reading scores 'very disconcerting'

usatoday.com — We've become accustomed to bad news about our kids' reading and math skills - decades of bleak results from standardized tests now seem almost routine. But what if we scratched beneath the surface and figured out just how many students can actually read and do math proficiently?
Jan 26, 2016

New @amprog analysis of #NAEP math, reading scores 'very disconcerting' usat.ly/1RLbsfB via @usatoday

Jan 26, 2016

New @edprogress analysis in @usatoday: New analysis of math, reading scores 'very disconcerting' usat.ly/1PAHw5D via @gtoppo

Jan 26, 2016

New analysis of math, reading scores 'very disconcerting' usat.ly/1RLbsfB via @usatoday

Jan 26, 2016

New analysis of math, reading scores 'very disconcerting' but schools aligned with #CommonCore saw gains usat.ly/1RLbsfB @usatoday

Jan 26, 2016

Parents should be furious: New analysis of math, reading scores 'very disconcerting' usat.ly/1RLbsfB

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Building on Coleman’s early theories, new academic competitions motivate students to achieve

educationnext.org — This article is part of a new Education Next series commemorating the 50th anniversary of James S. Coleman's groundbreaking report, "Equality of Educational Opportunity." The full series will appear in the Spring 2016 issue of Education Next. In 1959, six years before he authored the study that would remake America's segregated public schools, James S.

Microsoft buys Minecraft mod for schools

usatoday.com — Minecraft became a Microsoft property a year ago, when the Redmond, Wash., company bought it for $2.5 billion. For years, the phenomenally popular world-building game Minecraft has quietly been making inroads into schools - teachers have been using it informally to teach nearly every subject, mostly through shared, often homemade lessons.

'Black Lives Matter' protesters block S.F. Bay Bridge

usatoday.com — Protesters representing an offshoot of the Black Lives Matter movement briefly blocked traffic on San Francisco's Bay Bridge Monday afternoon in what one group leader called "a strong, courageous stand in solidarity" with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The protest took place during the holiday celebrating King's birthday.
Jan 18, 2016

'Black Lives Matter' protesters block S.F. Bay Bridge usat.ly/1RwSBVp via @usatoday #blm

Jan 18, 2016

'Black Lives Matter' protesters planned to block #SF Bay Bridge for 96 minutes in MLK demonstration. usat.ly/1RwSBVp

Jan 18, 2016

'Black Lives Matter' protesters block S.F. Bay Bridge usat.ly/1RwSBVp via @USATODAY

Jan 18, 2016

Was anyone in an Uber or Lyft on the #BayBridge during the #BlackLivesMatter protest? How did they handle it? usat.ly/1RwSBVp

Jan 18, 2016

RT @USATODAY: 'Black Lives Matter' protesters block S.F. Bay Bridge in MLK demonstration usat.ly/1RwSBVp (Photo: AP) pic.twitter.com/sJjythaEMS

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Feb 01, 2016

@notlovingyou @AlfonsoQuiroz Thanks! @USATODAY It's not appearing on our site for a while -- I'll send you a link as soon as I get one.

Jan 31, 2016

Listen to 911 call in recapture of OC inmate -- talk about cheerful/helpful police dispatcher ... usat.ly/1WVvcg7 via @usatoday

Jan 26, 2016

New @amprog analysis of #NAEP math, reading scores 'very disconcerting' usat.ly/1RLbsfB via @usatoday


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