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GSCS Statement Condemning Violence Motivated by Race, Ethnicity or Sexual Orientation
With the recent spate of violent bias-based crimes and other incidences of hatred based on perceived characteristics of individuals or groups, the Garden State Coalition of Schools wants to reaffirm our support of all those who advocate for the changes that will put an end to those expressions of hatred and promote increased understanding and peaceful resolution of conflict in our communities.
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Testimony on delayed learning from Rachel Goldberg, letter on cessation of SBYSP and more...'
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12-8-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Analysis: Student test scores up, but NJ education still lags...' NPR--Is There a Secret to Faster Learning? Here’s What the Latest Research Says...'

Education Dive--By the Numbers: How will student demographics shift in the next 30 years?...'

Edutopia--The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2023...'

The HechingerReport--Middle schools are experimenting with ‘themes’ like math, sustainability and the arts. But is it all just branding?...'

12-7-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ test scores show students rebounding from COVID...' The Record--Test scores for NJ students rose in 2023 but still lag behind pre-pandemic levels...'

MyCentralJersey.com--Old Bridge school board first to affirm NJ policy protecting transgender students...'

Asbury Park Press—Op-Ed--Moms for Liberty's vision for America's future is narrow and dark. Why not help kids?...'

NPR--The College Board releases a new framework for its AP African American Studies course...'

Education Week--Athletic Trainers Are Often Missing From the Sidelines in School Sports...'

The Hechinger Report--Teaching social studies in a polarized world...'

12-6-23 Education in the News
Education Week--Who’s the Real Audience for A-F and Numeric Grades? Hint: It’s Not the Students...' Education Week--The Role Mentors and School Leaders Play in Retaining Teachers of Color...'

Chalkbeat--U.S. rises in world rankings for math, reading, science as other countries’ performance slips...'

Education Dive--How schools are addressing antisemitism and Islamophobia...'

Edutopia--Using Data to Proactively Manage Student Behavior...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: We need more problem solvers and critical thinkers for an increasingly complex world...'

12-5-23 Education in the News
The Record--Homeschooling grew during the pandemic. Why more NJ families are choosing the option...' Philadelphia Inquirer—With few Black male educators in local schools, a push for more diversity: “You get tired of being the only one”...'

New Jersey Monitor--New Jersey lawmakers edge closer to school construction fix...'

NY Times--Math Scores Dropped Globally, but the U.S. Still Trails Other Countries...'

Education Week--How to Find—and Keep—a Diverse Team of Teachers...'

Education Dive--How schools are addressing antisemitism and Islamophobia...'

12-4-23 Education in the News
NY Times--What Costs $1,000 Per Student and Might Help Children Learn to Read?...' Teletherapy Challenges: Schools Share How to Navigate Mental Health Support...'

Education Dive--Increasing student diversity in suburbs creating challenges, opportunities...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: ‘Right-to-read’ settlement spurred higher reading scores in California’s lowest performing schools, study finds...'

12-1-23 Education in the News
The Atlantic--One Year In, ChatGPT’s Legacy Is Clear...' Education Week--What Is Driving Youth Mental Health Problems? It’s Not Just About Social Media...'

Chalkbeat--Philadelphia teachers say they are passionate about their jobs but feel underpaid and overworked...'

Education Dive--Few parents say there’s a reading crisis in the US...'

11-30-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--School districts seek more funding for electric buses...'
Star Ledger—Letters/Op-Ed--Confusion follows ‘exit’ of N.J. teachers test...'   

Press of Atlantic City--New Jersey expanding student loan forgiveness for teachers amid shortage...'

NY times--For Republican Governors, Civics Is the Latest Education Battleground...'

NPR--Free COVID tests headed to nation's schools...'

Education Week--Rising Tensions From Israel-Hamas War Are Seeping Into Schools...'

Education Dive--‘Renewed urgency’ needed for early ed inclusion...'

11-29-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Thoughts on the next leader of NJ public education...' NJ Spotlight--Elimination of ‘arbitrary’ skills test will help teacher recruitment, union head says...'

Education Week--Cardona Says Standardized Tests Haven’t Always Met the Mark, Offers New Flexibility...'

Education Dive--Massachusetts emergency licensed teachers performed as well as other new educators...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Ask not what can be done with a humanities degree...'

11-28-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ schools commissioner stepping down Angelica Allen-McMillan's retirement comes as state schools face major challenges...'

Asbury Park Press--Should NJ require students to fill out college aid forms to graduate high school?...'

MyCentralJersey.com--NJ students could soon be learning more about growing Garden State community of Sikhs...'

NJ Monitor--New law would let New Jersey teacher candidates skip basic skills exam...'

Education Week--Could Reimagining Teaching Help Teachers Love Their Jobs More? Here’s How...'

Edutopia--Helping Teens Navigate the Tricky World of Too Much Tech...'

The Hechinger Report--PARENT VOICE: In a shortage, parents can be an untapped source of new teachers...'

11-27-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Countering pandemic learning loss though tutoring...' The Record--When Tammy Murphy pushed to include climate change in K-12 standards, some balked...'

NY Times--Girls Thrive in Many Sports. Now They’re Coming for Football, Too...'

NPR--Opinion: School shows are a magical part of the holidays...'

Education Week--Should School Boards Go Local or Look Afar for the Next Superintendent? That Depends...'

Education Dive--Eating bugs and sleeping on the roof: How some schools are reinventing fundraisers...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: The myth of the quick learner...'

11-22-23 Education in the News
Education Week--Crafting a School Policy on AI? Here’s What Experts Recommend...' Education Week--Should Students Sign Up for AP or Dual Enrollment? What Readers Think...'

Chalkbeat--Being a sub made me a better teacher...'

Education Dive--Poverty fueled pandemic impact on schools’ chronic absenteeism...'

11-21-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Adults have a responsibility to counter cyberbullying...' Star Ledger--Get rid of basic skills tests for N.J. teachers, union urges Gov. Murphy...'

The Record--Adding cops, more security to schools rejected by voters in 2 N.J. districts...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Voters sent a clear message: Extremists don’t belong on school boards    Editorial...'

Education Week--Should More Schools Ban Cellphones? It’s a Question U.S. Lawmakers Want Answered...'

Chalkbeat--Counselors welcome the Better FAFSA. But its delay might have consequences for students...'

Education Dive--Ed Dept calls on more states to develop innovative assessments...'

11-20-23 Education in the News
The Record--NJ and opponents will try mediation before suit alleging school segregation goes to trial...' NJ Monitor--Cursive makes a comeback — by law — in public schools...'

NY Times--The Startling Evidence on Learning Loss Is In...'

Education Week--Substitute Teachers Would Like You to Stop Treating Them Like Babysitters...'

Chalkbeat--Newark Public Schools has plans to tackle difficulties in student reading, writing...'

11-17-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--School board elections: Some wins, some losses over ‘parental rights’...' Star Ledger--Newly-designed FAFSA form will help 610K new students access Pell Grants...'

The Record--Bill would require NJ schools to improve safety plans for students with disabilities...'

The Record--NJ teachers union demands end to basic skills test, saying it will help shortage...'

Asbury Park Press--Top NJ elementary and middle schools are majority minority, U.S. News ranking says...'

NY Times--Students Are Missing School at an Alarming Rate...'

NPR--Education Department opens school probes over alleged antisemitism, Islamophobia...'

Education Week--Saturn Is a New App for High Schoolers. Here’s Why It Has Educators Concerned...'

Education Dive--OCR data collection finds ‘stark inequalities’ in pre-K-12 education...'

Edutopia--Developing Students’ Digital Citizenship Skills...'

The Hechinger Report--Six ideas to ease the early intervention staffing crisis...'

11-16-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--N.J. teen wins seat on school board. ‘He was made for that position.’...' NY Times--By the Numbers: How Schools Struggled During the Pandemic...'

Washington Post—Education Department expects delay in initial processing of FAFSA forms...'

Education Week--New National Data Show Depth of Disparities in a Chaotic Year of Schooling...'

Chalkbeat--Suspensions and bullying plunged as many students learned remotely, national data shows...'

Education Dive--Are parents getting a full picture of their child’s performance from report cards?...'

11-15-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: An open letter to the governor on graduation testing...' Star Ledger--Judge sends N.J. school segregation case to mediation...'

Education Week--What Is Restraint and Seclusion? An Explainer...'

Education Dive--Over 80% of public schools offered summer programs in 2023...'

The Hechinger Report--How a disgraced method of diagnosing learning disabilities persists in our nation’s schools...'

11-14-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State suggests mediation, not litigation, to resolve school segregation suit...' Education Dive--School districts navigate wave of activism in wake of Israel-Hamas war...'

NY Times--Regents Exams May Become Optional for High School Graduation in New York...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: To solve teacher shortages, let’s open pathways for immigrants so they can become educators and role models...'

Education Week--‘You Work for Us': How a Student’s Slight Captures the Disrespect Teachers Face...'

11-13-23 Education in the News
The Record--Remember phonics? It's back in style as NJ schools fight pandemic learning loss...' Wall Street Journal—Oregon Latest State to Scale Back High School Graduation Tests, Others May Follow...'

The Atlantic--The Black Roots of American Education...'

Education Week--10 Buzzwords Teachers Can’t Stand...'

Education Week--2023 school shootings outpace record high from 2022...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Professors say high school math doesn’t prepare most students for their college majors...'

11-10-23 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Gov. Murphy announces 30 more full-day preschool projects...' NY Times--In School Board Elections, Parental Rights Movement Is Dealt Setbacks...'

NPR--'Just say no' didn't actually protect students from drugs. Here's what could...'

Education Week—the State of Girls’ Mental Health and Self-Confidence, in Charts...'

Education Dive--Middle school teachers need support to integrate SEL...'

Edutopia--Using AI to Help Students Prepare for the SAT...'

11-9-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Voters speak: Education, taxes, inflation, abortion and gun control New Jersey voters explain what motivated them in Nov. 7 elections...'

Star Ledger--Voters give wins to both sides of school wars, but Dems are happy...'

NY Times--Banning Phones in School Is Hard. But It’s the Right Thing to Do...'

Education Week--Liberals Win Hotly Contested School Board Races in Backlash to Conservative Control...'

Education Dive--CDC: High school vape use declined in 2023...'

11-8-23 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Newark teachers union sues district to access anti-Black bias report...' NPR--Like it or not: Kids hear the news. Here's how teachers help them understand it...'

Education Week--3 Solutions for the Black Male Teacher Shortage...'

Chalkbeat--Feds urge schools to protect rights of Jewish, Muslim students following ‘alarming’ rise in incidents...'

Education Dive--State superintendent appointments mired in politics...'

11-7-23 Education in the News
Star Ledger--A custodian did vile things to kids’ food, cops say. But few hiring requirements exist for N.J. school workers...' NY Times--How Your Child’s School Bus Might Prevent Blackouts...'

Education Week--School Leaders Need Emotional Intelligence. Here’s How They Build It...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: It is time to pay attention to the science of learning...'

11-6-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Using Israel-Hamas war to help students sort through online misinformation...' Star Ledger--School board races a battleground for political groups, and it’s getting worse...'

Star Ledger--State awards $41M to 243 districts for tutoring. Is yours among them?...'

NY Times--Ohio Lawsuit Punches Back in Battle Over How to Teach Reading...'

NPR--School board elections are latest battleground for polarized national politics...'

Education Week--Mental Health Days—A Boon or a Bust for Teachers?...'

Education Dive--Division over broad opt-out demands poses challenge for districts...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Schools’ mission shifted during the pandemic with healthcare, shelter and adult ed...'

11-3-23 Educaiton in the News
The Record--As NJ school issues become more politicized, NJEA is among top spenders this election...' NY Times--Got Milk … Cartons? School Cafeterias Won’t, Thanks to a Shortage...'

Washington Post—Students hated ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Their teachers tried to dump it...'

Education Week--Why These Parents Want Cellphones Banned in Schools...'

Chalkbeat--I’m a teen who used to spend hours a day scrolling. Here’s how I curbed my social media habit...'

Education Dive--A look at 12 years of Title IX policy...'

Edutopia—The Science of Classroom Design...'

11-2-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Revised equity code for NJ schools will stay, state Board of Ed votes The code has become controversial among ‘parental rights’ advocates...'

Education Week--The Troubling Legal Gap in Schools’ Ability to Prevent Mass Shootings...'

Education Dive--Final Title IX rules delayed once more as Ed Dept misses deadline...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Flashcards prevail over repetition in memorizing multiplication tables...'

11-1-23 Education in the News
Star Ledger—Opinion: These 2 N.J. teens teamed up to educate young people about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis    Calavia-Robertson...'
The Record--Parental rights issue likely to spur voters in contentious NJ school board races...'

The Atlantic--Why Congress Keeps Failing to Protect Kids Online...'

Education Dive--Supreme Court grapples with school officials’ First Amendment rights in social media case...'

The Hechinger Report--How AI can teach kids to write – not just cheat...'

10-31-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Transgender students: How controversy over NJ school policy is taking a toll...' Star Ledger--Mounting delays in N.J. tutoring program called ‘hugely frustrating’...'

NY Times--This Florida School District Banned Cellphones. Here’s What Happened...'

Washington Post--Home schooling’s rise from fringe to fastest growing form of education...'

Education Week--Many States Are Limiting How Schools Can Teach About Race. Most Voters Disagree...'

Education Dive--By the Numbers: Investments build for registered teacher apprenticeships...'

10-30-23 Education in the News
Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--Segregated: Newark discussion highlights NJ school segregation...'
Star Ledger--Where I come from, parents always had rights    Opinion...'

The Record--Grassroots groups battle to affect NJ school board races. Who are they? What's at stake?...'

Asbury Park Press--NJ educators earn more than teachers from most states. See where NJ stands...'

Education Week--Plants in the Classroom: Why You Should Consider It...'

The Hechinger Report--AI guidance continues to roll out — this time it’s for ed tech companies...'

10-27-23 Education in the News
Education Week--What Is the Orton-Gillingham Method for Teaching Reading?...' Chalkbeat--Schools have struggled to add learning time after COVID. Here’s how one district did it...'

Education Dive--6 ways to better communicate complex school issues...'

10-26-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Putting NJ student assessment scores in context...' NY Times--Publisher Scholastic Backtracks on Isolating Works on Race and Gender...'

NY Times--Public Schools Struggle to Say the Right Thing About the Israel-Hamas War...'

The Atlantic (The Hechinger Report)--This teacher shortage solution has gone viral. But does it work?...'

Education Week--The SAT Is Making a Comeback. Here’s a Look at the Numbers and What They Tell Us...'

The Hechinger Report--How AI can teach kids to write – not just cheat...'

10-25-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ Elections: A deeper look at polling on ‘parental rights’...' NJ Spotlight--Legal appeal planned over court ruling on NJ school segregation...'

Star Ledger--Another district opens door to outing trans students...'

NJ Monitor--New Jersey accuses Meta of fueling children’s social media addiction...'

NPR--'No one wants kids dying in schools,' but Americans disagree on how to keep them safe...'

Education Week--These Researchers Are Seeking Consensus in the Reading and Math Wars...'

The Hechinger Report—Lost in translation: Parents of special ed students who don’t speak English often left in the dark...'

10-24-23 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. district ends in-school Halloween activities to mixed reviews...' NPR (via FROMHECHINGER REPORT)--A new benefit at top companies: College admissions counseling...'

Education Week--‘I Definitely Struggle With My Mental Health’: LGBTQ+ Students Share Their Stories...'

Education Dive--DOD students spend more time on standardized tests, GAO finds...'

The Hechinger Report—Opinion: We need targeted funding for racial equity in our public schools. California may have some lessons for all of us...'

10-23-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ doesn’t have long-term plans to fund school construction in Newark. Who will pay for it?...' Star Ledger--Here’s what you need to know about FAFSA changes for next year...'

NY Times—Op-Ed: What Most American Schools Do Wrong...'

Asbury Park Press—Missing students: NJ school enrollments drop sharply over 10 years...'

NY Times—Op-Ed--The Troubled-Teen Industry Offers Trauma, Not Therapy...'

Education Week--Teachers’ Stress Trickles Down to Students. Here’s What Schools Are Doing About It...'

10-20-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Q&A: Mental health impacts of eviction on children and families...' Star Ledger--Dad sues N.J. school district and state over policy for trans students...'

Education Week—Cellphone Bans Can Ease Students’ Stress and Anxiety, Educators Say...'

Chalkbeat--N.J. doesn’t have long-term plans to fund school construction in Newark. Who will pay for it?...'

Education Dive--Education Department watchdog to audit pandemic aid dollars through 2025...'

10-19-23 Education in the News
Star Ledger--‘A waiting game’ - frustrating delays in N.J.’s tutoring program...' NJ Monitor--New Jersey will spend $25M to expand free, full-day preschool by January...'

Asbury Park Press--Students, teachers, parents await release of PSAT scores. Here's when they'll be out...'

NPR--U.S. book bans are taking a toll on a beloved tradition: Scholastic Book Fairs...'

Education Week--Here’s What High School Students of Color Think About Being a Teacher...'

Education Dive--A dozen education groups press Education Department for FAFSA release date...'

10-18-23 Education in the News
Education Week--England Pushes for Cellphone Bans in Schools. Could the U.S. Be Next?...' Chalkbeat—Op-Ed: My students asked if I was ‘Team Israeli’ or ‘Team Palestinian.’ Here’s what I said...'

Education Dive--NCES: Schools say hiring challenges persisted this fall...'

The Hechinger Report--Beyond the Rankings: The College Welcome Guide...'

10-17-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ Elections: ‘Parental rights’ in schools front and center in some races...' NJ Monitor--New Jersey lawmakers mull tweaks to school funding formula...'

NY Times--For Book Fairs, Scholastic Will Separate Titles That Deal With Race and Gender...'

NPR—(Book Review): 'Curlfriends: New In Town' reminds us that there can be positives of middle school...'

Education Week--MTSS: What Is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports?...'

Chalkbeat—Op-Ed: Schoolwork shouldn’t double as screentime...'

Education Dive--What would meaningful assessment reform look like?...'

The Hechinger Report--Disabilities in math affect many students — but get little attention...'

10-16-23 Education in the News
Education Week--High Absenteeism Hits More Schools, Affecting Students With Strong Attendance, Too...' Chalkbeat--New Jersey school segregation case: A look at key points, what’s next in Latino Action Network vs. NJ...'

Education Dive--2022-23 flu season more severe for youth than most recent years...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Schools keep buying online drop-in tutoring. The research doesn’t support it...'

10-13-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Q&A: Teaching about climate change in all classrooms...' Education Week--The Biden Administration Is Investing More in Parent Engagement. Will It Be Enough?...'
10-12-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: School segregation in NJ is not an accident...' The Record--State education group considers taking stand against book banning in public schools...'

NY Times--ACT Reports Record Low Scores as Admissions Landscape Shifts...'

Education Week--Reasons Why More Students Are in Special Education...'

Chalkbeat--Millions of kids are newly eligible for free school meals — but many will likely miss out...'

The Hechinger Report--‘We’re being attacked’: Florida teachers speak out...'

10-11-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ schools face teacher shortage as state limits substitute coverage...' Star Ledger--State ‘intentionally failed’ to address segregation in N.J. schools, judge says...'

The Record--Some praise ruling criticizing NJ school segregation. But what happens now?...'

NPR--'This Book Is Banned' introduces little kids to a big topic...'

Education Week--With Moms for Liberty Endorsement, ‘Science of Reading’ Faces More Political Controversy...'

Education Dive--Federal LGBTQ+ workplace protections could land some schools in hot water...'

The Hechinger Report--COLUMN: Conservatives are embracing new alternative school models. Will the public?...'

10-10-23 Education in the News
NJ Monitor--As migrants arrive, some schools need more buses, books and bilingual teachers...' Asbury Park Press--New Jersey public schools are losing students. Why? And where are they going?...'

NY Times--Who Runs the Best U.S. Schools? It May Be the Defense Department...'

Education Week--I Combed Through 81 Studies on School Discipline. Here’s What Educators Need to Know...'

Education Dive--Students with career role models more satisfied later in life, poll shows...'

10-9-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Long-awaited ruling raises more questions about NJ’s segregated schools...' Star Ledger--Here are some of the books parents want to ban in N.J. schools...'

NPR--Meet the high school sport that builds robots — and the next generation of engineers...'

Education Week--Students Are Missing School Because They’re Too Anxious to Show Up...'

Education Dive--The do’s and don’ts of accelerated learning recovery...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Schools staff up as student enrollment drops...'

10-6-23 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J.’ s anti-bullying law needs work, frustrated parents tell task force. ‘We must do better.’...' NJ Monitor--N.J. panel to hear dispute over anti-teachers union emails sent to educators...'

Washington Post—A corrdinated ‘swatting’ effort may be behind school shooting hoaxes terrorizing kids across U.S...'

Education Week--DOWNLOADABLE: A Recipe for Creating a School Culture Teachers Don’t Want to Leave...'

Education Dive--Dyslexia screenings should mind students’ linguistic backgrounds...'

10-5-23 Educaiton in the News
NJ Spotlight--What are the A-B-Cs of teaching climate change in math, language arts?...' NJ Spotlight--Critics question if hub-and-spoke model for student mental health has anything new to offer...'

NPR--Naloxone can save students' lives, but not every school has it...'

Chalkbeat--Mark Zuckerberg tried to revolutionize American education with technology. It didn’t go as planned...'

Education Dive--Supreme Court rejects multiple public school cases on first day of 2023 term...'

10-4-23 Education in the News
InsiderNJ--Hanover Street...' NY Times--Great Books Will Always Be Their Own Best Defense...'

Education Week--Solving the Mismatch Between Teaching Programs’ Supply and What Districts Need...'

Chalkbeat--Will bipartisan education reform be revived? Maybe not any time soon...'

Education Dive--Rising inflation worsens the ‘teacher pay penalty’...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: We need more women in top leadership positions in our nation’s public schools...'

10-3-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Q&A: Early sex-ed champion responds to NJ’s complex gender issues...' New Jersey Monitor--With New Jersey Legislature on ballot, candidates debate parents’ rights...'

Education Week--What Data-Driven SEL Has Done for My District...'

Chalkbeat--Blizzard of state test scores shows some progress in math, divergence in reading...'

Education Dive--Many districts racing against the clock to spend ARP funds...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: The research evidence for sex ed remains thin...'

10-2-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Healing initiative for schools needs help to keep going...' Education Week--What’s Stopping Later School Start Times That Support Teen Sleep? Bus Schedules, for One...'

Education Dive--Are virtual educators an answer to teacher shortages?...'

The Hechinger Report--Five things you need to know about sex ed in the US...'

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