I came across Byron Preiss in an old newspaper article. He wanted to use comic books to teach kids how to read. I wanted to learn more about him. so I started an Internet search for a man who built a publishing empire from a comic book and a dream
“In 1971, while Preiss was teaching at a Philadelphia elementary school, he conceived and with Jim Steranko produced an anti-drug comic book, The Block, designed for low-level reading skills. Published by Steranko's company, Supergraphics, it was distributed to schools nationwide.”Jim Steranko , life-long friend and collaborator said:
"For more than three decades, he (Byron) spearheaded a multiplicity of mediaforms, from comics and ebooks to electronic games and CD-ROMs, that fused words and images like few other individuals would achieve in the entertainment arts. As an author, he generated dozens of books, from hard science and history volumes to profusely illustrated children's literature. As a packager, he produced a stream of quality fiction and nonfiction titles for almost every primary publishing house... Preiss was a subtle, yet seminal force in contemporary popular culture and specifically in the evolution of narrative illustration"
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Major Florida school district dumps almost all yearend testing
By David Adams and Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami school district, the nation's fourth largest, said on Thursday it was eliminating most end-of-course exams, including all those for elementary school students, the latest blow to standardized testing in the state. "We have taken a responsible and logical approach to assessing students, in order to restore valuable teaching and learning time," Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, said in an announcement on Facebook. The move comes amid mounting statewide pressure to roll back standardized testing in Florida public schools, as well as recent computer glitches on computerized tests. It is also puts a dent in the educational legacy of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a possible Republican presidential candidate, who championed standardized testing while in office to grade schools and teachers based on student achievement.
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Thousands of Washington state teachers strike over pay
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