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Ben Franklin High School

was again listed in the Top 100 of America's Best High Schools in the annual report by the website The Daily Beast. The ranking is compiled from a variety of statistics, including graduation rate, college matriculation rate, SAT/ACT scores and the number of advanced placement courses offered per student. Last year, Ben Franklin came in at No. 27.



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Elizabeth Kahn

received the 2012 American Association of School Librarian (AASL)'s Information Technology Pathfinder Award for her use of innovative tech in promoting reading. Kahn, the school librarian at Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, has used the library website to show "book trailers" and conduct book discussions. She also has used email blasts to promote new titles. Kahn will be honored in June at an awards luncheon in Anaheim, Calif.



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Scholastic Book Fairs

donated 8,000 children's books to attendees of the 2012 LISTEN! Literary and Arts Festival that was held May 19 in at the Community Book Center in Esplanade Ridge. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Phoenix and featured reading programs as well as appearances by the New Orleans Hornets' Hugo the Hornet and the Honey Bees.



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Mark Traina,

a child psychologist employed with the Jefferson Parish school system, resigned after the Southern Poverty Law Center highlighted comments Traina made on Twitter about black youth, including "Young Black Thugs who won't follow the law need to be put down not incarcerated. Put down like the Dogs they are!" and "2 New Orleans policemen shot ... Quick Someone call David Duke before the NAACP gets here!" The story went national. Traina resigned May 22.

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