School districts across the country are aggressively cutting back on the avalanche of paper sent home, trying to exploit the much-cheaper communication channel of the internet, reports the New York Times. While saving money is often the main motivation, some districts are finding that going paperless has other advantages, like eliminating classroom distractions, informing parents more quickly about test results or swine flu outbreaks, and promoting environmentalism. Schools in the Chicago suburb of Naperville have adopted paperless policies and begun a "take back the backpack" campaign to cut down on fliers handed out to students. School boards from Georgia to


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