Back to School 2.0

Education projects such as the Aspirnaut Initiative aim to harness technology to better prepare U.S. students to compete in the global economy

Children in Grapevine, Ark., often board the school bus in the dark, some even packing pillows and blankets. For students in Arkansas' rural Sheridan School District, the ride can last as long as an hour and a half, and probably seems longer thanks to rules against behavior that could distract the driver. But lately the 15-hour weekly commute is looking up.

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