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Getting kids to read books can be a challenge. Now, there’s a new tool that’s making its way into classrooms: augmented reality books. Augmented reality books use smartphones or tablets and add 3-D models and interactive video to traditional books. In Texas, teachers are working to ensure the books aren’t a toy.

Paul Flahive (@paulflahive) of Here & Now contributor Texas Public Radio reports.

Parents pick up students outside North East ISD's LEE High School.
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More than 2,443 entries have been submitted to rename Robert E. Lee High School. Only one fifth of those will be considered by the North East ISD school board this month.

Suzanne Bouffard's new book, The Most Important Year, may be just what parents of preschoolers have been waiting for: a guide to what a quality pre-K program should look like.

Bouffard spent a lot of time in classrooms watching teachers do some really good things and some not-so-good things.

What are some of the things you learned?

A recent study out of Philadelphia tracked kindergartners who were learning English and found that four years later there were major discrepancies between which groups of students had mastered the language.

Students whose home language was Spanish were considerably less likely to reach proficiency than any other subgroup. And, on the extreme end, Spanish speakers were almost half as likely as Chinese speakers to cross the proficiency threshold.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Monday night’s San Antonio ISD Board Meeting was packed with supporters and opponents of a recently enacted change to the districts non-discrimination policy. Some religious and conservative groups oppose the addition of gender identity and other classes while others welcomed the shift of what they say is a more inclusive policy.