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While laptops and videos can make the classroom fun and interactive, how much does technology really improve achievement?


More parents are sending their 3- to 5-year-old children to tutoring centers to give them an academic edge once they get to elementary school. While tutoring companies tout their services, many early-childhood experts decry the trend. Scholars say that tutoring young children in a classroom setting with flashcards and workbooks can dampen their enthusiasm for learning and create developmental problems.


A new national study raises questions about holding kindergartners back from promotion to 1st grade. According to the report, making struggling students repeat a grade can have an adverse effect. Critics, however, argue that "social promotion"—the practice of passing students to the next grade despite poor grades and test scores— hinders efforts to improve public schools.


Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue asked schools in his state to close for two days last week in an effort to conserve 450,000 gallons of diesel fuel. All but three of the state's 180 school districts heeded the request. One district that stayed open said it had already implemented fuel efficiency measures and that students were happy that schools stayed open.


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