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May 27, 2011

Kindle still #1 for e-readers. . .

Time to get my Kindle 3G with special offers. I've been waiting a long time to get one, since I already use Kindle for computer, Blackberry and Droid.

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E-Book Report: Nook Is Gaining, iPad Still Catching Up

As the publishing industry wrapped up four days of digital talk at its annual national convention,'s Kindle was seen as the clear, if not dominant, player in the growing e-market; Barnes & Noble's Nook was considered a pleasant surprise and Apple's iPad an underachiever.

Apple spokesman Jason Roth declined to comment on any specific criticisms, but did say that the iBookstore had over 150,000 titles — an Amazon spokesman says the the Kindle store has more than 950,000 — and that more than 100 million books had been downloaded worldwide through the iBookstore. He would not say how many were downloads of free books. Selections at the iBookstore were greatly improved this year when Random House Inc., publisher of Stieg Larsson and John Grisham among others, agreed to sell through Apple after resolving differences over pricing.


May 25, 2011

School vouchers for children with disabilities. . .

I cannot agree that parents lose control when they move their child to a private school through a state voucher system. There are schools that work directly with the parents and students to design the education that your child needs. We have children in two such schools and we are more than 100% satisfied.

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On Special Education

More Vouchers, But at What Price?

This year, vouchers that would pay for at least part of the tuition at private schools seem to have surged in popularity. And in particular, lawmakers across the country are touting private school vouchers for scholarships for students with disabilities.

The American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice tells me that in all, 15 states have passed or proposed laws that expand or create vouchers for students with special needs.

But parents of children with disabilities need to be sure of what they're getting into when they trade public school for private school, even if it's with the help of the government, said Lindsay Jones, senior director of policy and advocacy services for the Council for Exceptional Children.

In private school, children with disabilities lose all their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. That means giving up the right to participate in meetings about a child's education, the ability to have hearings about the way a school is or isn't meeting a child's needs, and so on. "Do they really understand this?" she said.