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Articles by Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the eSchool News Managing Editor. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Laura interned at eSchool Media while attending UMD, and upon graduating, Laura was lucky enough to join the eSchool Media team. She enjoys covering mobile and handheld technologies, BYOD trends, equity in broadband access, and special education.

When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, boating, and rooting for the Terps.

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4,100 students prove ‘small is better’ rule wrong

With 4,100 students, Massachusetts’ Brockton High School is an exception to what has become conventional wisdom in many educational circles, reports the New York Times: that small is almost always…

Kno announces single-screen tablet textbook

Kno has announced that it plans to make a single-screen version of its tablet textbook, ReadWriteWeb reports. The company received a $46 million round of funding in August for its…

New internet tools create class collaboration

In Alison Saylor's technology class, she teaches her students more than just computers: In fact, she says they're learning things that just might revolutionize the classroom, 9news.com reports. "It's a…

Rutgers to launch a new program promoting politeness

Inspired in part by the propensity for today’s students to lose themselves in technology or leave nasty anonymous comments on web sites, Rutgers University this week is launching Project Civility,…

Buses need security, too

School buses are often a likely place for assaults, bullying, and vandalism to occur. In a Chicago suburb, a 3-year-old, hearing-impaired girl was allegedly assaulted on a school bus on…

Anger as a private company takes over libraries

A private company in Maryland has taken over public libraries in ailing cities in California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, growing into the country’s fifth-largest library system. Now the company has…

Gates Foundation focuses on college graduation

For many years, diversity in higher education has been measured by how many low-income students and students of color enroll in college. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants to…

‘Waiting for Superman’: A simplistic view of education reform?

“Waiting for ‘Superman,’” which opened Sept. 24 in New York and Los Angeles, has generated buzz for months in education circles. The film also offers a broad-brush indictment of America's…

Texas sues feds over $830M in education aid

Texas officials filed a lawsuit Sept. 23 against the U.S. Department of Education, seeking to overturn the federal agency's rejection of the state's application for more than $830 million in…

Obama: Money alone can’t solve school predicament

President Barack Obama started the school week Sept. 27 with a call for a longer school year, and he said the worst-performing teachers have "got to go" if they don't…