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How Americans Spend Their Money, Organized By Class

Ever wonder how your fellow citizens in adjacent (or distant) income brackets live?

Ever wonder how your fellow citizens in adjacent (or distant) income brackets live? The sharp folks over at NPR's Planet Money assembled this handy chart to give us a glimpse inside the budgets of American households, organized by income group.

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Philly Saves Millions of Dollars by Going Easy on Potheads Philadelphia Saves Millions by Decriminalizing Marijuana

Many of us know that criminalizing pot smokers is a waste of money. Now Philadelphia has the numbers to prove it.

Guess all those Town Hall twitterers asking Obama about legalizing marijuana were onto something. About a year ago, Philadelphia pretty much decriminalized possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana by giving offenders the option to enroll in a three-hour class that would expunge the offense from their records. The incident goes down as a summary offense, rather than a misdemeanor. Now, District Attorney Seth Williams estimates the city has saved $2 million over the past year.

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Good News! Teachers Say Technology Is Helping Students Learn

A new survey shows record numbers of teachers are using media and technology, and it's having a positive impact on kids.


Figuring out how to incorporate technology into classroom lessons takes some time, but according to the results of the eighth annual survey by PBS and Grunwald Associates, almost all K-12 teachers are using it these days. In fact, given the large numbers of resources being used by teachers, it's pretty clear that the media and technology revolution is already here. Educators indicate that technology and digital media are helping them do their jobs better.

The survey found that more teachers than ever are incorporating interactive games, activities, lesson plans, and simulations into the classroom. Sixty-two percent of teachers say they use digital media twice a week or more and 24 percent say they use it every day to help them teach. The numbers of teachers using TV and video content in the classroom is even higher. Over 80 percent of teachers say they use TV or video to teach a lesson at least once a month and 76 percent are streaming it from the web.

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