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California ranks 45th in the nation in its efforts to support the education of its youngest children, according to a report by Education Week released today. That’s despite the fact that the report ranks California well above other states in preschool and kindergarten enrollment. (EdSource)
Cue the hand-wringing about digital distraction: Fewer children are reading books frequently for fun, according to a new report released Thursday by Scholastic, the children’s book publisher. (New York Times)
Can the achievement gap be closed through parent-child talk? (Hechinger Report)
Maryland fell from its perch as the No. 1 state in public education on Thursday, but the shove came from a change in the ranking criteria, not from any slide in performance. (Free News Pos)
New York
The 94 struggling schools in the city’s new turnaround program will undergo top-to-bottom audits beginning this month, which will include classroom visits, interviews, surveys, and focus groups. (Chalkbeat)


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