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July 03, 2013 04:39 pm

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A fun pre-4th of July vacation read, the World Bank’s education blog looks at the convergence of videogames and learning. Is there enough evidence to support arguments that videogames can enrich learning and improve student outcomes? Edutech

Perhaps the biggest news in the education world today is Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s reaction to the financial crisis in the Philadelphia school district. He issued a statement urging leaders to find a solution to the fiscal mess, saying, “Philadelphia’s children didn’t create these problems or ask for them – our responsibility as adults is to everything we can to provide students in Philadelphia the world class education they deserve.” Politics K-12

Providence, Rhode Island is focusing on ensuring high school dropouts are workforce ready with a new vocational program called YouthBuild Providence. The program was awarded $1.1 million in federal funds over the next two years to help provide at least 64 18-24 year olds with academic training and on-site work experience in the construction trades. Education Week

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