CRISIS IN AMERICA’S COLLEGES: ARE WE RAISING A GENERATION OF IGNORANT CITIZENS?

Today’s college students are our nation’s future leaders–from the local school board to the President of the United States. America’s universities and colleges graduate millions of well-educated students prepared to be leaders of tomorrow…or do they? In the largest survey of college student learning ever conducted, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) uncovers the truth behind what our students are learning, or not learning, about America’s history and institutions.

More than 14,000 students at 50 U.S. colleges and universities–including some of America’s most elite schools, such as Brown University, Georgetown University and Yale University–participated in the three-year study conducted by the University of Connecticut’s Depar™ent of Public Policy (UConnDPP). Sample findings:

*Less than half of seniors surveyed recognized the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” as originating from the Declaration of Independence.

*Roughly 80% of college seniors were unaware that the federal government’s largest pay out is for social security.

*More than half of the seniors did not recognize that the Bill of Rights prohibits “establishing an official religion for the United States” (36 percent thought it prohibited “discrimination based on race, sex, and religion”). WHAT: News Conference and Luncheon Intercollegiate Studies Institute National Civic Literacy Board announces full results of a three-year study of what Brown University, Georgetown University, Yale University and American college students know and learn about America’s history, government and market economy.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 Media Registration: 11:45 a.m. News Conference–Noon sharp

WHERE: National Press Club (First Amendment Lounge, 13th Floor) 529 14th St. NW Washington, D.C.

WHO: Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Josiah Bunting III, Chairman, ISI’s National Civic Literacy Board Hon. Eugene W. Hickok, Member, ISI’s National Civic Literacy Board and former Deputy Secretary of Education T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., President of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and former Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs in the Reagan Administration.

MEDIA Advance registration and press credentials required to attend news conference. NOTE: One-on-one interviews available by request.

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Blue Zones: Unlocking the Secrets of Longevity

MINNEAPOLIS, September 19, 2006–On January 29, 2007, the Quest Network will take students on a Blue Zones quest, a three-week, inquiry-based, online, adventure learning project. Together they will unlock the secrets of longevity and learn skills for healthy living. The Blue Zones Quest and curriculum guide are offered free of charge to teachers thanks to corporate sponsors Allianz and Davisco Foods. Teachers can obtain the guide by visiting www.bluezones.com.

The Blue Zones web site (www.bluezones.com) offers additional activities to extend the Quest beyond the online component which include:

The Blue Zones Challenge, a four-week health and fitness program that empowers students to take charge of their own health. Students apply what they find in the Quest to their own lives and create their own personal Blue Zones for a healthier life. As part of the challenge, they sign a contract to record and share daily health habits with schools around the world.

Families may also participate in the Blue Zones Challenge and compete for prizes, including the grand prize of an iPOD shuffle.

The Legacy Project, a multi-disciplinary research project for students to find “super seniors” in their community. Students become real scientific sleuths, using the same techniques the Quest team in the field is using to identify and learn from successful agers. Results submitted to the Quest team by students will be shared with research scientists who are investigating healthy aging.

The Blue Zones Financial Challenge. Financial health is an important aspect of overall healthy living and is a skill to learn at a young age. The Blue Zones Financial Challenge is a financial literacy program allowing students to work toward a healthy and wealthy old age.

About the Blue Zones Quest

During the Blue Zones Quest, students across the United States will direct Quest Network founder and renowned explorer Dan Buettner and his team of scientists, journalists and videographers as they explore a tiny cluster of remote Central American villages for clues to explain why the villagers are living longer than anyone else in this hemisphere.

For three weeks, students will vote to direct the team’s explorations, make logistical, ethical and content development decisions and help create a cross-cultural formula for living a long and healthy life. Daily content will include professionally written dispatches, videos and photographs delivered to classrooms. The Blue Zones Evidence Tracker will help students track the clues and data delivered daily and at the end of the live expedition, reach their own conclusions about the secrets to longevity.

Educators who register at the site will have access to a curriculum guide aligned to national education standards for language arts, math, science, health and geography. The guide contains teaching resources and classroom activities for grades four through eight to help teachers successfully integrate the Blue Zones program into their instruction. Allianz, Davisco Foods and the National Institute on Aging, along with the National Geographic Society, are supporting the Blue Zones program so that any classroom in the country can join the expedition and receive curriculum materials, free of charge.

According to Buettner, “We’re exploring the four parts of the world that experts call Blue Zones, places where people live the longest, healthiest lives. These expeditions will help students develop a deeper sense of cultural and environmental awareness and positively influence their health and lifestyle choices.”

This is the second Blue Zones quest and each year, Buettner will lead his team on an exploration of another longest-lived part of the world for a total of four Blue Zones. The first Blue Zones Quest traveled to Okinawa, Japan–where residents live, on average, seven years longer than Americans–to determine “Seven Tips for Adding Seven Years.” Findings from the three subsequent Quests will be combined to create a recipe for longevity to help people live longer, better.

About Quest Network

Quest Network, Inc. creates experiences for audiences to explore the world around them, question what they find, and act to affect change. Live Quests connect with students and the public via satellite and a highly interactive Web site (www.bluezones.com). The education programs commit to giving students control over their learning environment, and giving teachers an easy-to-use vehicle to strengthen students’ 21st century skills of collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication while meeting State and National standards.

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Broadcast Pix Installs 200th System

BURLINGTON, Massachusetts (September 25, 2006) Broadcast Pix™ Inc. today announced the delivery of its 200th system. The customer, PBS affiliate, WLAE-TV in New Orleans, recently installed a Broadcast Pix 2000 switcher in a remote truck being used by the station’s production company, LAE Productions. LAE Productions won a contract to begin broadcasting area high school football games on the local cable system, Cox Cable of Baton Rouge. The first game was broadcast live on August 25th.

“Broadcast Pix was the only switcher that featured a built-in CG and clip store,” said Ron Yager, Station Manager, WLAE-TV and LAE Productions. “We can complete a production with our new switcher and never need to run anything through post. Plus, it’s really compact, so fits easily within our truck. Because of its high-quality graphics and integrated approach, we’re confident it will greatly improve the quality of our field productions as well increase our overall speed and efficiency.”

Broadcast Pix systems are used in the Americas, Europe and Asia for news, events, training, presentation, sports, and all live video production applications. Broadcast customers include affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and European broadcasters, as well as many independent and cable stations. Corporate and institutional customers include Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Cisco, Morgan-Stanley, General Motors, Johns Hopkins, Viacom, NASA, the US Army, colleges, mobile studios, stadiums, towns, churches and high schools.

About Broadcast Pix

Broadcast Pix provides the industry’s only live video production switchers with a built-in character generator, clip store and full-motion monitoring. They are more powerful, easier to use, and much more cost effective than a traditional control room of individual components, yet retain a fast action human interface and robustness. Broadcast Pix switchers enable a single operator to create engaging live television that used to require a team, yet gracefully adds operators when desired. They are also the only switchers that can be controlled remotely over the Internet. Broadcast Pix is based in Burlington, Massachusetts, with offices in California and Europe. Customers include leading broadcast, cable, corporate, education, entertainment, mobile, faith and government studios. For more information on Broadcast Pix, go to www.broadcastpix.com.

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One-to-one computing for under $100?

As educators worldwide await the release of Nicholas Negroponte’s $100 laptop and technology luminaries such as Bill Gates and others continue to predict a future dominated by affordable technologies destined to change the face of learning in the 21st century, a fledgling tech company says it has created a solution capable of delivering the benefits of a fully functional PC to every student–today.

The kicker: They can do it for less than $100 a student, says Stephen Dukker, chairman and CEO of nComputing, whose company manufactures a suite of products that promise to turn a single computer or server into an interconnected network of as many as 30 machines.

Rather than provide students with their own CPU, the technology operates similar to a thin-client solution, enabling users to do everything from create standard word-processing documents and spreadsheets to watch streaming video and use complex multimedia, all reportedly without compromising the speed and overall functionality of the other machines connected to the network.

So far, Dukker says, response from the education community to the product has been overwhelming. Though the product line doesn’t celebrate its official launch until Sept. 25, he noted, the company already has shipped some 12,000 units to U.S. schools, with more than 100,000 going to customers in developing nations.

How do they do it?

In a meeting with eSchool News editors Sept. 21, Dukker demonstrated how the product works by connecting to a host computer and feeding off an existing CPU. Resembling a standard memory card, the device can be installed inside an existing machine, where it branches out via standard Ethernet cables to a network of satellite keyboards and monitors, fueling the computing needs of up to seven users off the processing power of a single machine. If customers prefer not to load the cards (each card supports up to three users) inside existing CPUs, nComputing also provides a version of the same card that comes housed in its own stand-alone box. Additional users then connect to the satellite box, which is linked to the host machine or server.

Unlike Negroponte’s prototype device, which contains its own processor and operates as a scaled-down version of a traditional laptop computer, nComputing’s device isn’t a computer at all, explains Dukker.

Not unlike the human brain, Dukker says, most personal computers eat up only a very small portion of their overall processing power when in use. Rather than up production costs by purchasing expensive processors from leading chip makers such as Intel and AMD, he said, the company found it could drastically reduce its costs to users by designing a device that simply borrowed its processing power from existing PCs. The finished product has no operating system, runs zero software applications, and uses about as much energy as a household light bulb; but, when paired with a another machine, Dukker says, it provides users with a near-seamless computing experience, limited only by the output of its host.

The idea, he explains, is to give users a product that allows them to take full advantage of the computing power they’ve already been forced to buy.

“In the IT business, everything is driven by cost,” says Dukker, who before joining nComputing was founder and CEO of eMachines, a low-cost computer manufacturer recently acquired by Gateway.

Where the bar for affordable, one-to-one computing in schools was set by Negroponte’s $100 prototype, Dukker says his company is capable of driving those costs down to as low as $70 a seat, a figure he believes will fall even further as production costs for materials drop.

In the case of Negroponte’s solution, Dukker said, “it really all goes back to that old problem of trying to stuff 10 pounds of parts into a five-pound bag.”

While the $100 laptop could very well spark an education revolution in some third-world nations, Dukker says, educators in economically advanced countries, including the U.S., likely won’t be satisfied with their ability to perform only basic tasks such as word processing and eMail.

In an age where the phrase “21st century skills” has become a mantra for schools looking to better prepare students for the challenges of a new world economy, Dukker says, educators and students today demand more from their machines.

Apart from completing simple tasks, Dukker demonstrated how nComputing’s product–when connected to a host computer–could perform more intensive, multimedia-type functions such as streaming internet video, while still maintaining near-seamless integration and image quality.

The company also has developed a web-based interface designed to help educators and others better manage and communicate with networked users. Loaded onto the host computer, NControl software enables educators to view and manipulate the screens of their students, creating an environment that is both interactive and controlled. The software reportedly works not only in single classroom environments, but also across entire networks, wherever networked users are located.

Compatible with host machines running Windows or Linux-based operating systems, the latest terminal boxes boast additional USB and serial ports, enabling students to save their information to a portable device they can then take with them as they move through the building. Because the terminals borrow their power from a single source, users eventually might run into problems when trying to run processor-heavy applications, such as the latest computer games. But, at least where schools are concerned, Dukker said, most of the applications used in a typical education environment should run unencumbered.

While the $70-a-seat price quoted by Dukker is already being realized in select districts, some circumstances could drive the cost to schools higher.

Where schools use Windows-based machines, for example, district administrators will want to check with Microsoft to ensure that the terminals can legally serve multiple users off a single licensing agreement. Though this is a non-issue with Linux-based machines, schools running on a Microsoft platform need to be conscious of the possibility of random software audits and pricing concerns that stand to drive the price of the deployment higher.

nComputing says its products are intended to reduce hardware deployment and maintenance costs and that it does not provide specific guidance to schools with regards to licensing, but that it encourages schools to check first with their software vendors.

“There are many possible configurations and uses for the NStation products and many possible combinations of software and license terms that may apply to a user’s host computer,” wrote an nComputing spokesperson in an eMail response to eSchool News. “Whether additional software licenses are required may depend upon an organization’s particular configuration and use of the NStation products, the operating system software, and other software on the host computer, and the particular licenses that apply to that software.”

Total cost of ownership, or TCO, is another long-standing issue the company believes its product should enable schools to improve upon.

“One of the attributes that our customers absolutely love is that these devices are never obsolete,” said Dukker.

Because each terminal is powered by a host, schools need only upgrade their host machines, or servers, in order to refresh their network. The result is that technicians can spend less time performing routine maintenance and concentrate more on improving other network efficiencies, he said.

Depending on what customers are looking for, however, the product does have some drawbacks. For one, unlike Negroponte’s device–which is wireless and can be used in classrooms that don’t have sufficient electrical power–nComputing’s solution is hard-wired and requires a viable power source.

And though the company estimates it can provide a full computing experience at less than $70 a seat, in many cases, the cost of monitors and other add-ons likely will drive the final price for schools even higher.

Still, Dukker likes his chances. While the product only recently became available to U.S. schools, he said, it has history of success in the international community.

In 2005, at a conference in Hanover, Germany, the company won a CeBIT award for best server-based application. And last December, the World Trade Organization tapped nComputing to provide Pentium 4-style computing power to all of its participants at an annual meeting in Hong Kong.

In Mexico, one customer reportedly used the technology to create a portable internet cafe in the back of a truck. In China, the mayor of one rural village set up a shared internet connection for other members of his community. And in Thailand, educators at schools and universities are experimenting with the product.

Rather than wait years to get Negroponte’s device, which will be deployed in advance to developing nations before being made available to schools in the United States, or hang around until Gates finally settles on a prototype that suits his tastes, a number of U.S. schools already have decided to give nComputing shot.

One of those school systems–the Nash Rocky Mountain School District in North Carolina–decided after testing the product for one month to order $50,000 worth of devices to be installed and deployed throughout the district.

The same can be said for Fremont Joint School District in St. Anthony, Idaho.

“It gets viral,” said Dukker, talking about how word-of-mouth has generated sales in neighboring rural districts throughout the Midwest.

His hope is that schools will at least consider their options.

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nComputing
http://www.ncomputing.com/

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Sarasota County Schools Selects PLATO Instructional Solutions for Performance-Based Diploma Program

MINNEAPOLIS–September 21, 2006–PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUTR), a leading provider of K-adult computer-based and e-learning solutions, today announced they were awarded a $424,810 agreement with the Sarasota County Schools to provide standards-aligned instruction and assessments for their district-wide Performance-Based Diploma Program.

The Performance-Based Diploma Program is designed to provide academic options for students who have not seen success in the traditional lecture-driven classroom. All five high schools within Sarasota County Schools will offer the program, with 80-120 students participating at each site.

“Our students are technology natives and are comfortable working on computers. Some students thrive in this alternative learning environment, where they can work at their own pace and are motivated and engaged by the technology. PLATO Learning helps us accommodate these students’ learning styles with instruction for a technology-based classroom environment. They also helped ensure the rigor of the curriculum by aligning their content to the Sarasota County curriculum standards and benchmarks,” said Peggy Wiggins, director of academic intervention rograms, Sarasota County School Board.

The Performance-Based Diploma Program includes instruction in core content areas, career and technology education, mental health support, and mentoring support. PLATO Learning will provide all resources for the instructional component, including PLATO Middle and High School instructional software, offline materials, and PLATO FCAT Exam Interventions. Certified teachers will facilitate the classes offered through the program.

“PLATO Learning was selected for this contract because it presented the most complete instructional solution,” said Wiggins. “In comparison to other learning systems, PLATO Learning was able to provide the combination of rigorous curriculum, assessment, and instructional support the Sarasota County School Board required. In addition, Booker High School piloted PLATO Instructional Solutions during second semester last year and saw significant success. We are confident we can replicate that success at all our schools by moving to a district-wide implementation.”

“We are excited Sarasota County Schools chose PLATO Learning for this initiative,” said Mike Morache, PLATO Learning President and CEO. “We have worked with many districts across the country to provide alternative learning options for students who are not succeeding in the traditional classroom. We look forward to sharing that expertise and collaborating on the Performance-Based Diploma Program, so Sarasota County students and staff can realize the academic impact of engaging, rigorous instructional technology.”

About PLATO Learning

PLATO Learning is a leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction for kindergarten through adult learners, offering curricula in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and life and job skills. The Company also offers innovative online assessment and accountability solutions and standards-based professional development services. With over 6,000 hours of objective-based, problem-solving courseware, plus assessment, alignment, and curriculum management tools, we create standards-based curricula that facilitate learning and school improvement.

PLATO Learning is a publicly held company traded as TUTR on the NASDAQ. PLATO Learning educational software, delivered via networks, CD-ROM, the Internet, and private intranets, is primarily marketed to K-12 schools and colleges. The Company also sells to job training programs, correctional institutions, military education programs, corporations, and individuals.

PLATO Learning is headquartered at 10801 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota 55437, 952.832.1000 or 800.869.2000. The Company has offices throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as international distributors in Puerto Rico and South Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.plato.com.

PLATO® is a registered trademark of PLATO Learning, Inc. PLATO Learning is a trademark of PLATO Learning, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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State, PBS focus on teaching skills

An online training program to give public school teachers new tools to help students perform better in school has debuted in the Natural State, Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee announced.

Huckabee, a Republican, helped launch the Arkansas IDEAS program, or Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas Schools, at a news conference Sept. 6 at the state education department. The program is designed to help teachers complete 60 hours of required professional development each year as mandated by the state legislature.

“Over the past several years Arkansas has not just moved ahead, weve thrust forward in educational development,” Huckabee said. “Arkansas IDEAS will take professional development where the teachers are” and help the state continue to lead the way in education, he said.

Arkansas IDEAS was developed through the Arkansas Online Professional Development Initiative, a collaboration among the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), the Arkansas Department of Education, and PBS TeacherLine, which provides professional development courses for teachers nationwide.

The free program will offer online workshops and courses to educators throughout the state that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, said AETN Education Director Kathleen Branton. Teachers can count courses completed through Arkansas IDEAS toward their professional development requirements, she said.

Through the web portal, AETN will offer teachers 70 PBS TeacherLine courses. The courses are all approved by the state education department and are aligned with the Arkansas curriculum framework as well as national standards, Branton said.

In addition to courses in core curriculum areas, teachers also can take courses in digital literacy and integrating technology into the classroom, Branton said. Courses typically last six weeks and have a specified start and end date, allowing educators to plan for and complete the courses.

For the current school year, 4,000 course enrollments will be open beginning in October.

The online courses and workshops will be led by experienced Arkansas teachers with masters degrees who have been trained in online course facilitation, said PBS Vice President of Education Mary Kadera. Kadera said 35 teachers have been trained as course facilitators.

State Senate President Pro Tem Jim Argue, D-Little Rock, said that while Arkansas should celebrate four years of progress in education and improving standardized test scores, the Arkansas IDEAS program will help improve the state in more ways.

“Arkansas IDEAS … is on the cutting edge of doing everything we can do to give teachers the resources they deserve so they can succeed in the classroom,” Argue said.

Diana Julian, assistant education commissioner, said the IDEAS program will benefit not only teachers, but ultimately the students.

“The program will improve what were all here for: student achievement,” she said.

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Arkansas IDEAS
http://ideas.aetn.org

PBS TeacherLine
http://teacherline.pbs.org/teacherline

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New Fargo.com Educates Card System Buyers with Speed and Ease

Minneapolis, MN (September 21, 2006)–Fargo Electronics, Inc., a global leader in secure technologies for card identity systems, today announced the launch of its revamped Web site, www.fargo.com. Eight months in development, the site provides interactive tools to help visitors find the relevant information they need to make sound card system buying decisions.

In addition to a dynamic new look, the site features intuitive navigation, interactive tools and demonstrations that go beyond flat text and images to educate visitors on the options available in creating a secure card issuance system. These tools include:

Security Assessment Tool: Designed to analyze an organization’s card identity program and provide a rate of its risk, this tool recommends steps to take to enhance the security of its cards and card issuance program.

Printer Selector Tool: With four simple questions, the tool evaluates a visitor’s needs, then recommends “best” and “good” printer/encoder options.

Create a System Tool: Select a card printer/encoder, software, visual security options and a materials management system to put together a customized solution.

Comparison Tool: Visitors can view product options in comparison matrices that rank features, industries, security levels and visual security offerings.

Visual Security Demo: This interactive demo features an overview and details on holographic foils, overlaminates and transfer film.

The site is also home to ID Solutions, a monthly newsletter for card program managers which includes Fargo case studies, industry news, trends and tips. Visitors can also subscribe (free) on the site to receive the newsletter via email each month.

“This is all about the visitors’ experience,” said Kathleen Phillips, Fargo’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We conducted extensive research prior to development of the site to discover what visitors want in their Web experience. They want a single source they can trust, with comprehensive but not overwhelming information. And, of course, they want to find it fast. Our usability testing following the development of the site confirmed that visitors like the interactive tools and are finding what they want. On average, they are more engaged in the content and are spending 38% more time on the revamped site.”

The site is currently available in English, but development is underway for additional languages to be added shortly.

About Fargo

Founded in 1974, Fargo Electronics is a global leader in the development of secure technologies for identity card issuance systems, including secure card printer/encoders, materials and software. The company has sold more than 120,000 systems in the U.S. and over 80 other countries worldwide. Fargo card issuance systems reduce vulnerabilities and potential for loss of time, money and lives by continually improving the security of identity credentials. Fargo provides physical, information and transaction security for a wide variety of applications and industries, including government, corporate, national IDs, drivers’ licenses, universities, schools and membership. Fargo is part of HID Global, a leading supplier and manufacturer in the access control industry, serving customers worldwide with proximity and contactless smart card technologies; central station managed access controllers; secure and custom card solutions; photo ID and ID application control software; and electronic cylinders. HID Global is a member of ASSA ABLOY Global Technologies Division. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Fargo markets its products through a global distribution network of professional security integrators.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA AND FRANKLIN INSTITUTE CELEBRATE OPENING OF SCIENCE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Philadelphia, PA.–September 21, 2006–The School District of Philadelphia and its partner, The Franklin Institute, will officially mark the opening of the Science Leadership Academy, a new magnet high chool, with a program and ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 28th at 10 AM.

This special admission school offers students a college preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, echnology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes. In keeping ith the school’s science focus, the student uniform includes a white lab coat.

Situated in a 72,000 square foot space that formerly housed the School District’s human resources and legal staff, SLA features four science labs and two prep areas, fifteen general classrooms, an inter- active media center, a 2D/3D art studio, an open seating café-style lunchroom and a fitness/cardio center.

WHO: Dennis Wint, President and CEO, The Franklin Institute; Marsha Perelman, Chair, The Franklin Institute Board of Trustees; Paul Vallas, CEO, School District of Philadelphia; Chris Lehmann, Principal, Science Leadership Academy

WHEN: Thursday, September 28th

10:00 AM–Ribbon-cutting (photo opportunity at main entrance)

10:15 AM–Program, including student presentation

Tours of the school and refreshments immediately following presentation.

WHERE: Science Leadership Academy

55 N. 22nd Street (S.E. corner of 22nd & Arch Streets) Philadelphia, PA 19103

ADDITIONAL MEDIA: (for B-roll, photographs, interviews during the regular school day) Wednesday, September 27th, 10-11 AM at school and 1:30-2:30 PM at The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia.

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PANDUIT Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Trunk Cable Assemblies Provide Rapid Deployment with Optimum Cable Management for Data Center Applications

PANDUIT® OPTI-CORE® and QUICKNET™ Pre-Terminated Trunk Cable Assemblies allow for faster installation and start-up of high-density permanent links in a single assembly for data center applications such as main, horizontal and zone distribution areas. PANDUIT Pre-Terminated Trunk Cable Assemblies minimize waste and optimize slack storage to ensure efficient use of pathway space for applications that are pushed toward small form factor (SFF) cabling. Meeting and exceeding TIA/EIA standards, PANDUIT Pre-Terminated Trunk Cable Assemblies are factory-terminated and 100% tested to deliver verified optical performance and improved network reliability. 10GIG™ versions support network transmission speeds up to 10Gb/s for link lengths up to 300 meters per IEEE 802.3ae standard. Options are available in 150 and 550 meter link lengths.

PANDUIT Pre-Terminated Trunk Cable Assemblies are tailored to application specific designs and lengths, in simplex, duplex and 12-fiber connector configurations up to 144 fibers for improved flexibility. OPTI-CORE® and QUICKNET™ Pre-Terminated Trunk Cable Assemblies are part of the complete range of reliable, easy to use fiber optic connectivity solutions available from PANDUIT.

For more information, contact PANDUIT: web: www.PANDUIT.com/tc01 * email: cs@PANDUIT.com * phone: 800-777-3300

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SAMUEL MASSIE ELEMENTARY TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR STUDENT/COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT

UPPER MARLBORO, MD–Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Howard Burnett will join Samuel Massie Elementary School Principal Sharif Salim and representatives from Miles Properties for a check presentation during Back To School Night activities this evening.

Miles Properties, who owns Regency Village Apartments in Forestville, is presenting the check to the school in recognition of the students achieving the second highest MSA test gains in the county this year. The check is also in recognition of the work done by Samuel Massie teachers who live rent free at Regency Village in exchange for offering tutoring services in the complex’s community center.

Teachers living at the complex rent free in exchange for tutoring services is one aspect of County Executive Jack Johnson’s Apartment Complex Initiative, aimed at reducing crime at apartment complexes throughout the county.

WHAT: Check presentation to Samuel Massie Elementary School

WHO: Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Howard Burnett; Samuel Massie Elementary Principal Sharif Salim Representatives from Miles Properties

WHEN: September 21, 2006 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Samuel P. Massie Elementary School 3301 Regency Parkway Forestville, MD

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