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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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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…

A comprehensive approach to math reform pays off

Officials in North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District knew they needed a change when the annual number of students performing at grade level on state mathematics tests grew by just 3…

Evidence suggests that the interactive classroom model works

A four-year, $3 million study funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and the U.S. Department of Education found that Algebra I students whose teachers used TI-Navigator networked classroom technology…

Teaching the hardest-to-learn math concepts

What are the concepts within core math topics that students struggle to understand in particular? Under the direction of Melendy Lovett, president of education technology for Texas Instruments, that was…

An essential tool for teaching

The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics holds that technology is “an essential tool for teaching and learning mathematics effectively” and that it extends teaching and learning opportunities.…

eSN Special Report: The Interactive Math Classroom

In Audrey Cucci’s math classes in Frankfort, N.Y., it’s not unusual to see students moving around the room, engrossed in conversation, sometimes even laughing—and generally having a good time.…