GenevaLogic Launches Protect-On2

PORTLAND, Ore., & LANGENTHAL, Switzerland – Feb. 1, 2007 – Today GenevaLogic launched Protect-On2, the newest version of its student computer security software. With Protect-On2, teachers can save and restore the original configuration of classroom computers, avoiding viruses, frustrating downtime or unwanted downloads with a quick restart. Founded in 1996, GenevaLogic is a privately held company whose Vision® classroom management software is used in more than 50,000 classrooms worldwide.

"We want teachers to be able to take full advantage of the power of computers to support instruction," said Kirk Greiner, chief executive officer, GenevaLogic. "Protect-On2 is easy to install and manage, providing teachers with the confidence that classroom computers will be ready for students to use 100 percent of the time."
Using Protect-On2, teachers can roll back virus damage and unwanted changes that students may have made to classroom computers. With a simple restart, computers are back to normal with no damage, downloads or games. ProtectOn2 allows teachers to remotely reboot, change settings or wake the student computers and schedule unprotected time for system changes, such as virus protection updates. The computer security software saves teachers valuable time that in the past was spent changing security settings on individual computers.

"Before we added ProtectOn to the computers in our labs, I was re-imaging hard drives at least once a month," said Shannon Thurston, director of technology, Fast Forward Charter High School, Logan, Utah. "Now with ProtectOn, our labs practically take care of themselves. We haven´t had any downtime, and I haven´t had to deal with any viruses, malware or malicious users. All I do is restart the computer, and everything goes back to the way it was."

While Protect-On2 is available as a stand-alone product, it can also be easily integrated with Vision classroom management software. Easy one-button integration with the Vision toolbar makes it simple to open the security console and manage security settings. Teachers can also use the Vision dashboard to keep track of which computers have active security and are protected in the classroom. The Protect-On2 console can be opened from the Vision dashboard to change settings.

Protect-On2 runs on Windows 2000 or higher. The most affordable fully featured computer protection available, Protect-On2 is available for $11 per student computer, including the teacher remote console. For more information or to download a trial version of Protect-On2, visit www.GenevaLogic.com/Protect-On2 or call or call 866-725-7833.

About GenevaLogic

GenevaLogic (www.GenevaLogic.com) has one passion: enabling educators to manage, control and optimize the use of technology to support teaching and learning. Founded in 1996, with headquarters in Langenthal, Switzerland, and Portland, Ore., the privately held company is an international leader in active teaching systems whose Vision classroom management software is used in more than 50,000 classrooms worldwide. The company´s education software solutions – Vision, App-Control, Surf-Lock, Pointer, Plan-It, Protect-On, Print-Limit and Print-Limit Pro – allow schools, universities and training centers to get more learning value from their technology investments. For more information, visit www.GenevaLogic.com .

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Former President Bill Clinton To Headline 2007 NSBA Annual Conference

Alexandria, VA- January 31– Former President Bill Clinton will deliver a keynote address to more than 10,000 school board members and education leaders at the National School Boards Association´s Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif., April 14-17, 2007. The conference is the largest gathering of public officials in the nation and showcases world and national leaders who offer inspiration and insight to school leaders.

President Clinton, during whose term the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in history, graduated from Georgetown University and in 1968, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He received a law degree from Yale University in 1973, and entered politics in Arkansas. After serving three terms as Governor of Arkansas, Clinton turned his sights on the White House and was elected in 1992, and then re-elected in 1996. Clinton has continued his distinct career of public service through the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation. His most recent initiative, working with the American Heart Association on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, focuses on combating childhood obesity.

The conference will also feature keynote addresses from:

* Erin Gruwell and Maria Reyes, a teacher and student who worked together to overcome obstacles to publish Freedom Writers, a book of student writing that has now been turned into a motion picture starring Hilary Swank;

* F.W. deKlerk, the former South African President who fought to dismantle apartheid prior to the election of Nelson Mandela; and

* Jamie Lee Curtis, the actress who has written several critically acclaimed children´s books and has been influential in addressing the issues of self-esteem and positive body image in today´s youth.

In addition, a video message from former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O´Connor will be played as she will be unable to join the conference as previously announced due to scheduling issues.

The conference will also feature more than 200 workshops and sessions on current national topics affecting local education leaders and one of the largest expositions of education products and services in the country. For details, visit www.nsba.org/conference.

Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association is a not-for-profit federation of state associations of school boards representing 95,000 local school board members throughout the United States. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public elementary and secondary education through local school board leadership. NSBA represents the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that impact education, and provides vital information and services to state associations of school boards throughout the nation.

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Dyson Foundation Awards Pace University $7.5 Million for Science Lab Upgrades, Scholarships and Student Support

NEW YORK, NY, January 31, 2007 — Pace University has received the third largest gift in its 100-year history, courtesy of the Dyson Foundation. The $7.5 million grant, the largest among the major gifts marking the foundation´s 50th anniversary, reflects a partnership between the Dyson family and Pace that began 75 years ago in 1930 when Charles H. Dyson graduated. Dyson became a pioneer in leveraged buyouts, was founder of the privately held investment firm Dyson-Kissner-Moran, undertook government assignments during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and served as Chairman of Pace´s Board of Trustees.

The gift will be formally announced by Charles Dyson´s son, Robert R. Dyson, Chairman and CEO of Dyson-Kissner-Moran and President of the Dyson Foundation, at a celebration ceremony in Dyson Hall on Pace´s Pleasantville campus Thursday, February 1 at 12:30 PM. The ceremony is open to all Pace alumni as well as present students, faculty and staff.

Science majors increase 38%."This commitment of $7.5 million over a six-year period will make an enormous impact at Pace," said Pace University President David A. Caputo. "Specifically, $5 million will fund the lion´s share of renovating the Dyson College science laboratories in our Pleasantville location. Of the rest of the grant, $2 million will fund scholarships in psychology, communications and media, performing arts, fine arts, and environmental science and environmental studies, and $500,000 will create the Dyson Student Opportunities Fund, which will fund special activities for students. "The generous new investment in Pace from the Dyson Foundation could not come at a better time," stated Nira Herrmann, Dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. "We face a growing demand for upgraded labs. Pace´s Core Curriculum requires all students to take one science class with a laboratory component. But in addition, in the last three years we´ve seen a 38% increase in science majors, mainly due to increases in students majoring in forensic science, and in biology and health science."

Charles Dyson died in 1997, but his name and legacy live on at his alma mater in a wide variety of capital, endowment and program priorities, especially in the name of the University´s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, named for him in 1974. It has grown rapidly in the last five years. Including the new pledge, gifts to Pace from Charles Dyson, The Dyson Foundation and Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation total more than $23 million.

About The Dyson Foundation. The Dyson Foundation is a private, family-directed grantmaking foundation established in 1957. The Foundation is led by Robert R. Dyson who has served as the Foundation´s President since 2000. Headquartered in Millbrook (Dutchess County), New York, the Foundation awards grants through a diverse regional funding program in the Dyson family´s home community of the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The Dyson Foundation also makes grants outside the Hudson Valley to pre-selected organizations.

The Foundation´s assets presently stand at approximately $337,000,000 and in the year 2006 it awarded grants in excess of $18,460,000.

About Pace University. One hundred years old in 2006, Pace University is known for an outcome-oriented environment that prepares students to succeed in a wide-range of professions. Pace has facilities in downtown and midtown New York City and in Westchester County at Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and White Plains (a graduate center and law school). A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls approximately 13,500 students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Law School, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, and School of Education. www.pace.edu

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DIGITAL PROJECTION INTERNATIONAL MARKS TEN YEARS OF DLP® INNOVATION

ATLANTA, GA, (January 31, 2007)–Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, recently marked the tenth anniversary of the company´s establishment. As Texas Instruments´ (TI) founding partner in the development of DLP® technology, DPI offers a broad range of projection systems for commercial A/V, Staging and home cinema applications. The company´s history illustrates not only the development path of early DLP® display technology, but also a glimpse into the future of DLP® projection displays.

The foundation of the team that would go on to form Digital Projection International stemmed from U.K. based Rank Brimar in 1987. During the time period between 1988 and 1995, the members of the Brimar team identified the DMD technology then under development at Texas Instruments, and entered a joint agreement with TI to jointly develop this emerging display technology for projection applications. In 1996, the first public display of the very first 3-chip DLP® projection systems were shown at infoComm and market interest began to stir. Later that year, the management team within the Digital Projection development group executed a buyout from Rank Brimar and Digital Projection International was formed.

By 1997, the newly formed DPI began shipping the first high-brightness 3-chip DLP® projectors, the POWER 4DV series. The SVGA based unit was officially launched at NAB, and was capable of producing a true 3,500 ANSI lumens. As the first 100% digital projection platform, the product won a Tommy Award from Millimeter Magazine for technical achievement. The following year, Digital Projection International won two EMMY® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for the creation and deployment of the POWER 4DV. Development of the POWER series continued as other resolution platforms followed, with a maximum brightness at 7,500 ANSI lumens.
In 1999, Digital Projection launched and began shipping the first 3-chip DLP native SXGA projectors, along with its first generation LIGHTNING display. The staging and large venue markets quickly embraced the 12,000 ANSI lumen capable LIGHTNING displays, and DPI projectors rapidly became the overwhelming standard for major events worldwide including the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Emmy Awards.

From 2000-2003, Digital Projection again joined Texas Instruments in the research of digital cinema opportunities for DLP-based products. After defining many of the key performance attributes that would later characterize the DLP Cinema brand, DPI began shipping the first DLP® Cinema projectors. The first units, based on SXGA resolution, were shortly followed by 2K native displays.

Subsequently, market research identified that integrators in the very top end of the home cinema marketplace were seeking the highest quality DPI projectors for their most discerning clients. Later that year, Digital Projection International would begin development on projectors specifically targeted toward elite home cinema. This market continues to grow for DPI today.

Between 2003-2005, DPI continued to develop both large format commercial 3-chip projectors such as the LIGHTNING Pro and HIGHlite Pro series, the mid size 3-chip Mercury series, as well as the much smaller 1-chip DLP® displays. Such single-chip projectors as the iVision, and dVision series were capable of integration into both commercial and home cinema applications. By 2005, DPI introduced two additional 2K native resolution projectors as well as commencing development on a new LIGHTNING Pro series that would be capable of producing 22,000 lumens. These new projectors marked a 40,000% increase in brightness from the CRT projectors of the late 1980´s, and would be officially introduced into production the following year.

2006 marked the company´s tenth year of incorporation, as well as the arrival of 1080p for all markets. Continuing to work with Texas Instruments as new technology emerged, Digital Projection introduced four models that create imagery at native 1080p resolution, including both 3-chip and single-chip projectors. Today, Digital Projection remains TI´s only partner with a diversity of display solutions that are all 100% dedicated to the DLP® platform. With a complete product line ranging from $6,000 – $130,000, DPI continues to develop precision displays suitable for small, medium, and large venue, commercial applications and home entertainment.

"DPI and DLP® Products have long shared a strong business partnership spanning years of product innovation and customer installations," said Doug Darrow, DLP® Brand and Marketing Manager at Texas Instruments. "DLP congratulates DPI on this major milestone marking a decade of success."

Mike Levi, President of Digital Projection, Inc. added; "To all of our new and longtime customers alike: Thank you for investing with DP over the last decade. As we commence our 11th year of business and 21st year of product development, we pledge to hold your trust in our people and products, deep within our business principles. We can´t wait to show you what DP is likely to achieve over the next ten years."
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About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (DPI) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. DPI introduced the world´s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

DPI´s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. DPI remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, DPI manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, homeland security, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

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Walton Foundation Grant Enables 14 Arkansas Schools to Add DDI´s HELP Program to Curriculum

Boulder, CO–January 31, 2007–Two Arkansas School Districts have added Digital Directions International, Inc.´s (DDI) Help with English Language Proficiency (HELP) Program to their curriculum plans with the aid of a grant from the Walton Family Foundation. Arkansas´ Springdale and Rogers School Districts will provide HELP to 14 of their middle and high schools with close to 25,000 students. Almost a third of these students are considered English language learners (ELL). The HELP Program has proven meritable to philanthropic organizations that have awarded several grants to schools to implement HELP. Research has shown over a 70% increase in the math ability of ELL students using the HELP program.

Barbara Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, DDI, said, "The Walton Foundation is dedicated to improving educational opportunities in K-12 education. Their investment will greatly impact the success of the ELL students in these Arkansas schools well beyond their school years."

The HELP Program is designed to help middle and high school students learn math skills and content. It is particularly well suited for the large and growing Hispanic student population. School districts that incorporate HELP into their curriculum have seen demonstrated improvements in mathematics and have discovered that students really love learning with the program. Additionally, HELP can be accessed in the home, which allows non-English speaking parents to participate more fully in their child´s learning.

"The Springdale and Rogers School Districts have researched supplemental curriculum to help our English Language Learners with math," said Judith Hobson, ESOL Program Director, Springdale School District. "With DDI´s HELP Program we found a curriculum that will not only improve ELL´s math ability but also will improve the speed of their language acquisition and their overall self-esteem."

About Digital Directions International

Digital Direction´s International, Inc., a Colorado based Education Technology Company, is the creator of the HELP Program (Help with English Language Proficiency), a proven online supplementary curriculum designed to remove language barriers in learning. HELP is a researched based math curriculum and recipient of a significant U.S. Department of Education grant. HELP lessons are aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and to state content standards. Visit www.helpprogram.net to learn more.

About The Springdale and Rogers School Districts

The Springdale and Rogers School Districts strive to ensure that all children in their districts have access to a quality education by providing educators, administrators and staff with leadership, resources and training. The need to stay abreast of any and all current resources and training in order to give the teachers in the classrooms more tools has never been greater for these two school districts. With a staff of approximately 2000 professionals between the two along with being the two largest Hispanic populated districts in the state, the commitment to educate all children still remains their focus.

About The Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation, Inc. was established as the culmination of the philanthropic interests of the family of Sam M. and Helen R. Walton. The Family´s purpose in establishing the Foundation was to focus their philanthropic efforts to assure that their charitable giving would have the most positive impact. Traditional District School Improvement is a focused goal of the Foundation. Grants are based on the initiative´s ability to improve educational opportunities for traditional district school students in grades K-12 through supporting educational reform initiatives that adhere to the principles of Accountability, Transparency, Choice and Incentives.

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Solution Tree Acquires NSCI

January 31, 2007, Bloomington, Ind.–Solution Tree, a leading educational publishing and services company, recently acquired NSCI, the conference events division of Teachscape. This business move will expand Solution Tree´s capacity to offer professional development events to educators throughout the United States and Canada.
As a result of the acquisition, Solution Tree has assumed responsibility for hosting and staffing two popular conferences previously slated as 2007 NSCI events. The 24th Annual Effective Schools Conference will occur March 8-10 in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the Annual Conference on Standards and Assessment will take place April 23-25 in Las Vegas. Both events will feature the same presenters and topics previously announced.
“At Solution Tree, we share the goal of continuous improvement with the educators we serve,” said company president, Jeffrey C. Jones. “We are proud to be a premier provider of professional development events, and we look forward to widening the scope of our services.”
About Solution Tree
For 20 years, Solution Tree has supported educators´ efforts to create safe and caring schools and communities in which all students learn.
Solution Tree provides books, videos, multimedia resources and professional development opportunities for educators throughout the United States and Canada.

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Mitel Heats Up The Weather Network with Cool IP Solutions

Ottawa, Ontario, January 31, 2007–When The Weather Network felt the time had come to add to their unparalleled forecasting abilities with reliable and predictable IP communications solutions and applications, they turned to Ottawa-based Mitel® to do the job.

Mitel, the trusted provider of IP communications and solutions, was given the task of unifying The Weather Network´s 225 employees through hot desking and four-digit dialing regardless of whether they were in either the Toronto or Montreal office at the time. To accomplish this task, the Mitel Teleworker Solution, Mitel IP phones, and the Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP) were used to allow The Weather Network employees to keep their usual four-digit extensions regardless of which office–or even which desk–they use.

"We´re the leading weather TV station in the country," said facilities manager Jackie Adam, "so we need to be sure we´re using innovative technology in all facets of our business. Also, many of our staff travel between the two offices. It was very difficult to reach them quickly before, but hot desking has made it as easy as if they´re right here. They customize whichever phone they happen to be using and then people can still dial the usual four-digit extension. No matter where they are, they´re good to go."

While Adam says The Weather Network plans to continue adding new solutions to the Mitel infrastructure, every journey begins with that first step. She said "things are working very well," and that an added surprise was how easy it is to manage. "We´re sending someone to training so that we can handle the system ourselves. This saves time and money and gives us control over how we use the system."

Speed and accuracy can be crucial when information on storms and how to report them is needed, said Mitel president chief operating officer Paul Butcher. "The Weather Network knows the value of sending and receiving important communications quickly and accurately. The combination of the Teleworker Solution, IP phones and the 3300 ICP work to allow enterprise of all sizes to communicate in real time, every time." As for simplicity and features, Butcher said it couldn´t be easier or more robust. "It´s the same phone you use every day at work, so when you get to another location or your home office, features like voice mail and programmable keys follow you wherever you go."

Mitel Solution Provider Introtel e.Networks enhanced the deal with unparalleled customer service, one reason why Adam has enjoyed such a seamless transition.

The Teleworker Solution enables businesses of all sizes to easily enjoy the benefits of teleworking through a low-cost, "plug-and-work" solution that extends the corporate network to virtually any location. Businesses can now benefit from reduced overhead and increased employee retention while users can be more flexible and productive in how they work.

About The Weather Network

Pelmorex Media Inc, owner of The Weather Network, provides 24/7 weather-related information that affects everything from industry, recreation, agriculture and the environment, to the day-to-day lives of Canadians. With the most up-to-date weather information across all media including cable, satellite, Internet, wireless, and newspapers, The Weather Network is a highly accessible, reliable and frequently used weather source. The Weather Network is among the most widely distributed and frequently consulted television network in Canada. The website, theweathernetwork.com is ranked with Canada´s leading web services and is positioned as number one for News and Information sites. The Weather Network is the undisputed leader of weather information services in Canada.

About Introtel e.Networks

Introtel e.Networks is a leading business systems integrator. The company designs, installs, maintains and manages flexible, comprehensive communications infrastructures for their customers. Founded in 1981 as a voice company, Introtel has evolved into a full-service systems integrator with a focus on converged applications. Introtel has built a reputation for excellence through a combination of innovative solutions, flexible and easy-to-use technologies, and outstanding customer support. Introtel offers a diverse, vendor-independent portfolio of best-in-class data, voice, IP and multimedia products that can be modified to suit custom requirements. Their leading edge technology when combined with their application expertise and commitment to service excellence ensures that the company´s customers get business solutions that they can depend on.

About Mitel

Mitel is a leading provider of integrated communications solutions and services for business customers. Mitel´s voice-centric IP-based communications solutions consist of a combination of telephony hardware and software that integrate voice, video and data communications with business applications and processes. These solutions enable our customers to realize significant cost benefits and to conduct their business more efficiently and effectively by enabling enhanced communications, information sharing and collaboration within a business and with customers, partners and suppliers. Mitel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices, partners and resellers worldwide. For more information, visit www.mitel.com.

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Veronis Suhler Stevenson to Acquire Cambium Learning

NEW YORK and NATICK, MA, January 31, 2007 — Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a leading private equity investor in the Media, Communications, Information and Education industries, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Cambium Learning, Inc., a leading education company that provides intervention solutions for literacy and mathematics. Terms of the purchase from J.H.Whitney & Co., one of the oldest private equity investment firms in the U.S., were not disclosed.

Founded in 2002, Cambium Learning has rapidly grown to become one of the largest U.S. providers of intervention solutions designed specifically for the Pre-K-12 "at-risk" and special student populations, with over $100 million in revenue in 2006.

Veronis Suhler Stevenson is backing the existing management team and co-founders, including Dave Cappellucci, who will become Chief Executive Officer upon closing, and George Logue, Executive Vice President. David Caron, will remain as Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, Nader Darehshori, co-founder and former Chairman, will be partnering with Veronis Suhler Stevenson and will remain on the Board of Directors continuing his involvement with the company. Cappellucci will be assuming the CEO´s role from Jonathan Newcomb, who joined Cambium in March, 2006 to help guide the company through this important process.

"Veronis Suhler Stevenson brings tremendous expertise, industry contacts and capital resources to the company. They have significant experience in the education industry and can help our company grow both organically and through add-on acquisitions," said Cappellucci, who was formerly Chief Operating Officer of the company. "We´re delighted at the prospect of further building the business to have a greater and more meaningful impact on the at-risk and special education student populations in this country. With Whitney previously, and now with Veronis Suhler Stevenson going forward, our business will continue to grow and reach more students and educators, without any disruption or discontinuity in our customer support, product development, sales, and overall management of the business."

"We believe the intervention segment is one of the most attractive sectors of education market and are thrilled to be partnering with such an accomplished management team that has established the company and its products as leaders in the industry," said Scott Troeller, a Partner of Veronis Suhler Stevenson. "What they´ve accomplished with Cambium in only four years is truly impressive."

"Cambium delivers tangible results to educators seeking to improve academic performance," added Eric Van Ert, a Managing Director of Veronis Suhler Stevenson. "We believe the company is well-positioned to grow, and are enthusiastic about management´s plans for accelerated investment in product development and add-on acquisitions."

Cambium Learning was founded by Darehshori, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Houghton Mifflin Company, and by Cappellucci and Logue in 2002. It is comprised of the companies and imprints Sopris West Educational Services, Kurzweil Educational Systems, Intellitools, Inc. and Metropolitan Teaching and Learning. Cambium is the largest U.S.-based company focused exclusively on serving the needs of at-risk and special student populations. The company´s research-based offerings integrate content, services and technology to address the unique needs of those most challenged learners in the U.S. Cambium Learning partners with educators across the country to implement evidence-based and culturally responsive products and programs for at-risk students. Key customers consist of school districts, principals, Title I and curriculum directors, education associations, and educators.

Veronis Suhler Stevenson received legal counsel from Lowenstein Sandler PC, and KPMG LLP provided financial advisory services.

About Cambium Learning, Inc.

Cambium Learning (www.cambiumlearning.com) is an education company that provides research-based, culturally responsive and proven instructional materials, services and technology to help educators raise the achievement level of those pre K through grade 12 students underserved by existing instructional materials. Founded in 2002 and based in Natick, Massachusetts, Cambium Learning believes that all students, including minority, at-risk, economically disadvantaged and special student populations can achieve at a high level. Cambium Learning companies and imprints include Sopris West Educational Services, Kurzweil Educational Systems, Intellitools, Inc. and Metropolitan Teaching and Learning, who for over 26 years have established themselves as nationally recognized leaders in education.

About Veronis Suhler Stevenson

Veronis Suhler Stevenson (www.vss.com) is a private equity buyout and structured capital fund management company dedicated to investing in the media, communications, information and education industries in North America and Europe. VSS provides capital for buyouts, recapitalizations, growth financings and strategic acquisitions to companies and management teams with a goal to build companies both organically and through a focused add-on acquisition program. To date, VSS equity and mezzanine funds have invested in 49 platform companies, which have in turn completed over 220 add-on acquisitions resulting in a portfolio with realized and unrealized enterprise values totaling approximately $9.1 billion.

About J.H. Whitney & Co.

J.H. Whitney & Co. is one of the nation´s oldest private equity investment firms, founded in 1946 by noted philanthropist John Hay Whitney. Counting among its successes such notable companies as Minute Maid, Compaq, AdvancePCS, The North Face and Herbalife, J.H. Whitney has invested in over 300 companies since its founding and is an active investor in a broad range of industries. Headquartered in New Canaan, Connecticut, J.H. Whitney remains a leader today in private and public equity and debt investing, managing more than $5 billion in total capital.

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IMLS Accepting Applications for Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants

Washington, DC–The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants. These grants support projects to enhance existing library services or implement new library services, particularly projects that pursue the following activities:

* Expand services for learning and access to information and
educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for persons of all ages.

* Develop library services that provide all users with access to
information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks.

* Provide electronic and other links between and among all types
of libraries.

* Develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and
community-based organizations.

* Target library services to help increase access and ability to
use information resources for persons of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; persons with disabilities; and persons with limited functional literacy or information skills.

* Target library and information services to help increase access
and ability to use information resources for persons who have difficulty using a library and for underserved urban and rural communities, including children, from birth to age 17, from families with incomes below the poverty line.

Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations are eligible to apply for funding under this program. Entities such as libraries, schools, tribal colleges, and departments of education are not eligible applicants, although they may be involved in the administration of this program and their staff may serve as project directors. Applicants for Enhancement Grants must have applied for a Native American Library Services Basic Grant in the same fiscal year.

Applicants may apply on paper or online through Grants.gov. More information, including guidelines and the application, can be found at www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/nativeEnhance.shtm.

Awards will be announced in September 2007.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation´s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute´s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: www.imls.gov.

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$2 MILLION SLOAN FOUNDATION GRANT TO HELP LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DIGITIZE THOUSANDS OF BOOKS

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the Library of Congress a $2 million grant for a program to digitize thousands of public-domain works, with a major focus on at-risk "brittle books" and U.S. history volumes.

The project, "Digitizing American Imprints at the Library of Congress," will include not only the scanning of volumes, but also the development of suitable page-turner display technology, capability to scan and display foldouts, and a pilot program to capture high-level metadata, such as table of contents, chapters/sections and index. Past digitization projects have shied away from brittle books because of the condition of the materials, but "Digitizing American Imprints" intends to serve as a demonstration project of best practices for the handling and scanning of such vulnerable works.

"´Digitizing American Imprints´ will make a major contribution to the collective body of knowledge that is accessible worldwide, further democratizing the information that is a key to functional societies and economies," Dr. Billington said.

"It is inspiring to think that one of these books, many of which are in physical jeopardy, might spark the creativity of a future scholar or ordinary citizen who otherwise might not have had access to this wealth of human understanding."

Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services, and coordinator of the project, said: "The Library has been a leader in digitization of special collection materials, and this grant from the Sloan Foundation allows us to digitize, preserve and make available additional brittle materials from our general collections."

"We are delighted to partner with the Library of Congress, the world´s largest library, in this important digitization effort," said Doron Weber, program director at the Sloan Foundation. "A significant number of books from the Library´s great collection will now be available to anyone in the world in an open, non-exclusive and non-profit setting, thus bringing the ideal of a universal digital library closer to reality." The Library of Congress´ proposal includes digitization of works in the following categories:

*"Brittle books" from across the Library´s General Collection.

*American history.

*U.S. genealogy and regimental histories. The former includes many useful county, state and regional histories, while the latter includes histories, memoirs, diaries and other collections from the Civil War period.

*Six collections of Rare Books including the Benjamin Franklin Collection, selections from the Katherine Golden Bitting and the Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collections of Gastronomy, a selection of first editions from the Library´s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, selections from the Confederate States of America Collection, the Henry Harrisse Collection of Columbiana, and selections from the Jean Hersholt Collection of Hans Christian Andersen.

*Works of photography focusing on the technical aspects of photography and the artistic publications and biographies of photographers.

Digitizing American Imprints will utilize the "Scribe" scanning technology of the Open Content Alliance. Scanning is expected to begin within a few months after an initial startup period to establish logistics, staffing and resources.

"Partnerships are crucial to help the Library of Congress realize our mission of acquiring and making accessible a universal repository of information in order to further human understanding and achievement," Dr. Billington said. "We´re grateful to the Sloan Foundation and all of our partners across a broad spectrum who share these goals and values."

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, founded in 1934, makes grants in science, technology and the quality of American life. Sloan´s program in Universal Access to Recorded Knowledge, directed by Doron Weber, aims to increase access to recorded human knowledge by encouraging digitization of material in the public domain, assuring public archiving, preservation and open access of this material and fostering its availability to people everywhere. The program has also supported the Internet Archive, the Open Content Alliance–which includes over 50 of the nation´s biggest libraries and research institutions–the New Orleans Public Library and On Demand Books.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation´s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with more than 134 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. As the world´s largest repository of knowledge and creativity, the Library is a symbol of democracy and the principles on which America was founded. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation, both on-site in its 21 reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning Web site at www.loc.gov.

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