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April 19th, 2014 | KAREN MATTHEWS (AP) | Newser

Brand names in NY standardized tests vex parents

NEW YORK (AP) — “Just Do It” has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but some parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York’s Common Core standardized English tests. Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product placement advertising.

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April 17th, 2014 | Shadee Ashtari | Huffington Post

Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Tackle Misleadingly Photoshopped Ads

In an effort to shield young children and teenagers from the damaging effects of photoshopped images, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Lois Capps (D-Calif.) have co-sponsored legislation to reduce the use of misleadingly altered images in advertisements. “Just as with cigarette ads in the past, fashion ads portray a twisted, ideal image for young women,” Capps said in April. “And they’re vulnerable. As sales go up, body image and confidence drops.”

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April 16th, 2014 | Ian Reifowitz | Huffington Post

NYC Parents, Teachers Protest State Tests that Include Inappropriate Questions, Product Placements

Parents, students, and teachers took to the streets Friday morning across New York City to protest the state tests in English Language Arts that were given last week. The tests derive from the Common Core requirements, however the focus of the protest wasn’t the Common Core itself, but the truly awful content of the test. Principal Liz Phillips of PS 321 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, laid out the issue in her NYT op-ed piece:

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April 16th, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas | Washington Times

Child’s play? E-cigarettes marketed to youngsters, report finds

Lawmakers are pushing for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes after releasing a report Monday that accused companies of using candy-flavored products and social media advertising to try to hook young users. The report, which looked at seven e-cigarette companies, found that the companies sponsored or provided free samples at more than 300 events over 2012 and 2013, many of which attracted young people, such as rock concerts.

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April 14th, 2014 | Will Kane | San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland considers naming-rights deals for parks

Google Park in Oakland? It could happen. Oakland’s Parks and Recreation Department is considering a policy that would allow corporations and wealthy donors to buy the right to name city-owned public parks, gardens and recreation centers if they pay enough to spruce up and maintain the sites.

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