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Follow Florida's Lead: Why More States Should Switch to Digital Textbooks in Schools Now

All of Florida's public schools will switch to digital textbooks by 2015. Yes, it sounds expensive, but other states should be following suit.

It seems like digital textbooks have been the next big thing for years, but, with a few isolated exceptions, they haven't exactly been embraced by schools. That's about to change in Florida thanks to the gutsy passage of a law requiring all public schools in the state to make the switch to e-textbooks by the 2015-16 school year. Critics are a bit freaked out over this decision because education budgets are already tight and e-readers aren't free. But it's about time school districts make the move.

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Should We Ease Kids Into Middle School?

Sixth grade academies are popping up to help students bridge the step up from primary school.


I'm back in my hometown of Atlanta for the week, so naturally I took a gander at the ever-shrinking Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In this past Sunday's issue was an interesting piece on a concept I wasn't aware of: so-called "sixth-grade academies" intended to help kids transition from elementary school to middle school.

Thus far, there are only three of them in the entire state of Georgia, but here's the rationale behind their existence:

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