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Can Students 'Dance Dance' Their Way to a Fitness Revolution?

Dance Dance Revolution Classroom Edition is bringing some fancy footwork to the fight against childhood obesity.

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Stroll through any arcade, and you’ll spot at least a few teenagers grooving to electronic beats on one of those Dance Dance Revolution consoles. A new partnership wants to take advantage of that DDR craze—which is more than a decade old and still going strong—to keep kids healthy.

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The State of Summer School: Teens Are Hitting the Books Year-Round

Top high school students are feeling the pressure to get into the best colleges, so they're signing up for summer school. Willingly.

When I was in high school I spent my summers letting my nerd flag fly high by doing things like sitting around reading The Count of Monte Cristo—all 1,312 pages of it—in one day. My peers hit up the pool or roamed the mall, but none of us ever considered going to summer school. For my generation, summer school was where the "bad" kids who ditched class to smoke weed in the parking lot went so they could still graduate on time. But nowadays if you live in a city where summer school hasn't been eliminated due to district budget cuts, chances are that the honors and AP crowd is more likely to spend June, July, and part of August waking up early and schlepping backpacks to campus—and it's all driven by the desire to get into a top college.

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Where Schools Really Get Their Money From, and Why It Needs to Change

Schools get the vast majority of their money from states. Federal funding just isn't a big factor right now. But the thing is, it should be.

Last week we compared the United States' spending on defense to spending on education and discovered that—surprise!—the federal education budget is a tiny fraction of the military budget. A commenter on that post pointed out, however, that education funding primarily comes from the states, not the federal government. That's true. The national debate about education funding is often focused on federal money, but it only makes up a small slice of any school's budget.

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