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Schools Learn Tablets’ Limits WSJ: The highest-profile snafu came in Los Angeles, where a $1 billion program—funded by voter-approved bonds—to provide Apple Inc. iPads for K-12 students came under fire after some [...]

LA Unified’s iPads pilot phase continues on bumpy road KPCC: Four schools have backed out of pilot phase saying they want to see more planning, said district spokeswoman Shanon Johnson.

4 LA schools defer iPads, citing security, liability issues Los Angeles Times: The rejection apparently is temporary — the schools still want the tablet computers — but their stance underscores ongoing problems faced by the L.A. Unified School District as it attempts to provide every student with a tablet over the next year.

Group Presses for Safeguards on the Personal Data of Schoolchildren NYT: Providers of educational technology can mine the data of young children, but privacy groups are trying to set up barriers.

Denver Public Schools election offers voters two paths Denver Post: Michael Yackel uses a cymbal to alert students to get into their classrooms at West High School in Denver. West Leadership Academy is one of two innovation schools replacing West High School, which is being phased out after years of poor performance.

Online Application Woes Make Students Anxious and Put Colleges Behind Schedule NYT: As deadlines for early decision applications near, students worry they have missed something or messed up, while colleges face delays in reviewing applications.

Elementary students learn keyboard typing ahead of new Common Core tests Washington Post: The 7-year-olds in Natalie May’s second-grade class have to stretch their fingers across the keyboards to reach “ASDF” and “JKL;” as they listen to the animated characters on their computer screens talk about “home keys.”

Many shun CPS' plan for 'welcoming' schools Chicago Tribune: Almost half the youngsters most affected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's school shutdowns did not enroll this fall in the new schools where officials planned for them to go, records from Chicago Public Schools show.

Teachers Weighing in on Class Size Say Over 20 is Usually Too Big WNYC: "There is a point at which small class sizes do not produce better outcomes. They produce worse outcomes," says author Malcolm Gladwell about teaching teenagers. New York City teachers, many of them facing classes of more than 30 teens, almost unanimously disagreed in this Columbus Day call-in segment on The Brian Lehrer Show.

Stephen Covey's '7 Habits' shakes up schools AP: One year after Johnathan Kent kicked his principal and school "went all bad," the 8-year-old was recognized at a recent assembly as the "Star of the Month" for being polite and helping out his teachers....

Fixing schools to fix Chicago Tribune: In the Class of 2013, what Chicagoans didn't see onstage were 9,310 empty chairs — one for every CPS student who had entered ninth grade but dropped out along the way. This army deserts classrooms and scatters into Chicago's neighborhoods and streets.

Pledge Of Allegiance Past Its Prime? NPR: Millions of American school children begin the day with the pledge of allegiance. But do they, or their teachers, really understand what it means? Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with journalist Mary Plummer, of KPCC, and Peter Levine, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Malala Yousafzai Meets President Obama, Asks Him to Stop Drone Attacks Gawker: Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani woman who was shot in the head by the Taliban for believing that women have a right to education, met with President Obama on Friday, thanking him for his support ofeducation and asking him to stop drone attacks.

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How big are the classes in Malcolm Gladwell's kids' private school?

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