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NEW! June 23, 2008: Statewide Student Achievement Improves Across Grades 3-8 on 2008 Math & English Tests
Achievement in grades 3-8 math and English has improved overall this year, according to State test results announced today by Regents Chancellor Robert M. Bennett and State Education Commissioner Richard Mills.
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NEW! The 2007 Winners of the Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards were announced in a recent press release. Nominations for the 2008 Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards are now being accepted at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/yavner.html.

Update on Regents Diplomas with Honors
For an update on criteria for Regents diplomas with honors and Regents diplomas with advanced designation with honors visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/EducationLawandRegulations.htm

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! "Books Across America"
The National Education Association's Books Across America Library Books Awards Program enables public school libraries serving economically disadvantaged students to purchase books. Maximum Award: $1,000. Eligibility: Practicing pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school librarians, teachers, or education support professionals in a U.S. public school in which at least 70 percent of the students are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program. Deadline: November 7, 2008. http://www.neafoundation.org/grants/NEA-Grants_bro-web.pdf

The World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award
The World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award seeks to promote exemplary information literacy programs in public and school libraries. The annual awards are designed to encourage and support innovative and effective information literacy programs in today’s school and public libraries by providing start-up funding of $5,000 to a promising public library information literacy program and $5,000 to a promising school library information literacy program. Information literacy is defined as the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2008 to December 1, 2008. Further information can be found at
http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=awards&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=172716

2007-2008 UNIVERSAL BROADBAND GRANTS
With monies awarded through the Universal Broadband Access Grant Program, administered by the New York State Office for Technology, the New York State Library will partner with public library systems and the New York Library Association in a statewide collaboration to enhance broadband access in public libraries that serve both urban and rural high-need areas of the state. The intent of this program is to provide access to high-speed, affordable broadband access; to help create jobs through innovative community-based digital literacy and technology training programs; to close the digital divide and increase digital literacy levels; to foster economic development and build stronger public/private partnerships; and to accelerate the use of New York State e-government services. Information on the grant program is available at http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/pdf/press_0319082.pdf Further information on the Universal Broadband Grant Program, key documents, and FAQ's can be found at:
http://www.oft.state.ny.us/oft/UniversalBroadband/overview.htm. If you have specific questions about the project, contact Mary Linda Todd, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library, at (518) 486-4858 or mtodd@mail.nysed.gov.

Grant Opportunity for School Libraries
Beyond Words: Dollar General School Library Relief Fund--Grants will be awarded to public school libraries that have incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The goal is to provide funding for books, media, and/or library equipment that support learning in a school library environment. Application information can be found at http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslawards/dollargeneral/disasterrelief.cfm .

Grants for Art and Music Education Programs
The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund provides support to elementary and middle school teachers from public and private schools for art and music programs that are in jeopardy of being lost due to budgetary limitations. Teachers and their schools may apply for grants from $200 to $10,000 to be used to implement their programs. Visit http://www.airbornetrust.com/ for more information.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEW! Announcing Summer Teacher Workshops in New York City: Economics, Investment Education and Personal Finance
The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) is pleased to announce the formation and development of the new HSBC National Center for Economic and Financial Education. Through this Center workshops are open to any New York area K-12 teacher who is interested in teaching about economic, financial, and investment education. Each workshop is limited to 30 teachers. Visit www.ncee.net/nationalcenter and register for the workshop that fits your schedule.

NEW! New York State Mathematics Resource Center Summer 2008 Leadership Professional Development Opportunity New Registration Deadline Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The NYS Mathematics Resource Center is hosting a one-day professional development opportunity for teachers and leaders of mathematics. This session provides participants with a variety of useful tools to strengthen mathematics education aligned to NYS learning standards. Through an exploration of student work, participants will examine multiple ways to monitor student progress and differentiate instruction based on a product driven instructional design. This session, including materials are provided at no cost to NYS educators. For further information and instruction on registration, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/mathnews.html

NYS Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Summer Institute
NYSASCD presents a three day summer institute with Jay McTighe "Understanding by Design", July 8, 9, 10, 2008 in Latham, NY. Jay McTighe is well known for his work with "thinking skills" having coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. Since understanding is enhanced through application, participants at this Institute will use the tools and templates of "Understanding by Design" to create or refine a unit of study. For additional information and registration forms visit http://newyorkstate.ascd.org/option.html

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

NEW! "Books Across America"
The National Education Association's Books Across America Library Books Awards Program enables public school libraries serving economically disadvantaged students to purchase books. Maximum Award: $1,000. Eligibility: Practicing pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school librarians, teachers, or education support professionals in a U.S. public school in which at least 70 percent of the students are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program. Deadline: November 7, 2008. http://www.neafoundation.org/grants/NEA-Grants_bro-web.pdf

NEW! The Association for Library Service to Children releases a new bibliography
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a new bibliography, “Great Early Elementary Reads.” The annotated book list is divided into two categories: “Starting to Read” and “Reading on My Own.” The books included were published between 2005 and 2008. However, many are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy.

A PDF of the book list is available on the ALSC Web site in full color and black and white at www.ala.org/ala/alsc/booklists and is free to download, copy and distribute.

NEW! Statewide Summer Reading Program, Website for Students and Families
Students and their families can now find unusual and interesting games, fun activities, reading lists, and links online for the Statewide Summer Reading Program at http://summerreadingnys.org.   

The web site includes special features like a quiz for children and teens related to this summer’s themes: “Catch the Reading Bug” and “Metamorphosis @ your library.” Whether a youth is a budding entomologist or environmentalist, or just loves puzzles and games, these quizzes will delight and educate.   Thanks to the generosity of EBSCO, the quizzes provide direct access to the NOVELny Searchasauraus database. Searchasaurus is one of the many databases available through the NOVELny databases program.  Children and teens taking the quiz will not need a login ID or password to access to the database through the quiz.New links and activities will be added all summer long - so bookmark this site and visit it often.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project
The Pew Internet and American Life Project has just released Writing, Technology and Teens, a report on writing and technology. For more information, visit http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/247/report_display.asp

2007 NAEP Writing Results Now Available
Results of the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) writing assessment are now available. It was administered to a nationally representative sample of more than 165,000 eighth- and twelfth-graders from public and private schools. In addition to national results, the report includes state and urban district results for grade 8 public school students. Forty-five states, the Department of Defense schools, and 10 urban districts voluntarily participated. http://nces.ed.gov/naep3/

For more information on English Language Arts, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/ela.html

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MATHEMATICS

NEW! New York State Mathematics Resource Center Summer 2008 Leadership Professional Development Opportunity New Registration Deadline Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The NYS Mathematics Resource Center is hosting a one-day professional development opportunity for teachers and leaders of mathematics. This session provides participants with a variety of useful tools to strengthen mathematics education aligned to NYS learning standards. Through an exploration of student work, participants will examine multiple ways to monitor student progress and differentiate instruction based on a product driven instructional design. This session, including materials are provided at no cost to NYS educators. For further information and instruction on registration, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/mathnews.html

National Mathematics Advisory Panel
The National Mathematics Advisory Panel has published its Final Report. Copies of these ground-breaking reports, rich with information for parents, teachers, policy makers, the research community, and others, are available at http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/mathpanel/index.html

Resources Available for Title I Mathematics Programs
To assist Title I teachers, administrators, schools, and parents, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) offers a collection of resources. These resources can be accessed at http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=9320 . A collection of News Bulletin articles and other resources regarding intervention, remediation, and differentiation are available at http://www.nctm.org/intervention.aspx . The Educational Development Center (EDC) offers a set of tools and professional development offerings to support success in mathematics to all middle school students (developed with support of the National Science Foundation (NSF)) at http://www2.edc.org/accessMath/resources/strategies.asp .

For more information on Mathematics, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/math.html

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SCIENCE

Green Schools Challenge
The Commissioners of the New York State Education Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation have co-announced the Green Schools Challenge. The goals of this exciting and vital initiative are to promote recycling in schools and to recognize the great strides that many schools have taken to develop responsible solid waste management practices.

More information about the Green Schools Challenge may be accessed online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/43349.html. Additional questions about the Challenge or how to set up a green schools program may be directed to Debbie Jackson, Environmental Program Specialist, NYSDEC by phone at 518-402-8705 or by email at dajackson@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Building a Presence (BaP) Points of Contact still needed in every school in NYS!
Building a Presence (BaP) is an electronic network initiative from NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and sponsored in NYS by STANYS (Science Teachers Association of New York State) in partnership with NYSED. The objectives of the project are to create a state and national network for K-16 teachers of science to share resources about effective science teaching and learning, lessen science teacher isolation, help science teachers implement state and national science education standards in their schools, stimulate professional development opportunities for science teachers, and provide teachers with resources to help all students learn science. NYS is seeking a point of contact in each school to receive email announcements and to share them with colleagues. Please forward this information to teachers of science in your district, and have interested teachers contact Nancy Ridenour at nridenour@twcny.rr.com for further details.

For more information on Science, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci.html

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NEW! NYSED/NYSTEA Technology Education Summit
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Technology Education Association (NYSTEA) engaged in a two day Technology Education Summit on April 30 - May 1, 2008. The purpose of the Summit was to share ideas and to develop recommendations that would foster increased student achievement in Technology Education as defined by NYS learning standards. The summit resulted in seven mutually agreed upon action steps for the upcoming year. NYSED commits to posting progress in meeting these actions on a quarterly basis. For further information, please visit "News" from the NYSED Technology Education Curriculum Page at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/tech.html

For more information on Technology Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/tech..html

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SOCIAL STUDIES

NEW! The 2007 Winners of the Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards were announced in a recent press release. Nominations for the 2008 Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards are now being accepted at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/yavner.html.

Help Shape World History This Summer!
New Web-based resources from the New York State Education Department and its New York Public Television Station partners to support summer curriculum development in Global History and Geography.

NEW! Picturing America
Picturing America is a program created by the National Endowment for the Humanities which aims to strengthen the teaching of American History and culture by supplying classical works of art to classrooms and libraries. Successful applicants will receive 40 large (24" by 36") laminated works of art and a teacher's resource guide. Application information can be found at http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/about.php?subPage=about_apply . Applications accepted between August 4, and October 31, 2008.

For more information on Social Studies, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/social.html

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THE ARTS

NEW! Picturing America
Picturing America is a program created by the National Endowment for the Humanities which aims to strengthen the teaching of American History and culture by supplying classical works of art to classrooms and libraries. Successful applicants will receive 40 large (24" by 36") laminated works of art and a teacher's resource guide. Application information can be found at http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/about.php?subPage=about_apply . Applications accepted between August 4, and October 31, 2008.

For information on The Arts, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arts.html

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NEW! Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT).  This tool will help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools. http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/PECAT/index.htm

NEW! Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool (PETET)
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, developed the Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool (PETET).  The PETET identifies the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to provide sound instruction in the K-12 physical education classroom. Its purpose is to assist principals, school district curriculum specialists, and others who evaluate physical education teachers as well as to guide physical education teachers in reflection and self-assessment, and serve as an instructional tool in college/university physical education teacher education programs. http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/pdf_files/pos_papers/TeacherEvaluationTool.pdf

Office of State Comptroller To Audit Physical Education Compliance (pdf)
The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) will be auditing school district compliance to the Regulations of the Commissioner, Section 135.4 on physical education. A guidance tool (pdf) has been developed by SED at the request of OSC to complete these audits . Technical assistance is available from SED on meeting these requirements. Contact Trish Kocialski, Associate in Physical Education for assistance at: pkocials@mail.nysed.gov

For more information on Physical Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/physed.html

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HEALTH EDUCATION

For more information on Health Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/coordinatedschoolhealth/health.html

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LOTE

For more information on Languages Other Than English, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/

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DRIVER EDUCATION

2008 Summer Driver and Traffic Safety Education (DTSE) Programs
No summer school driver education program can commence without NYSED approval. Applications postmarked after June 1, 2008 will be returned to sender unprocessed. The Department of Motor Vehicles can only issue MV-285 "blue cards" to NYSED approved DTSE summer programs. Approval for DTSE programs is based on meeting the DTSE guidelines posted on the NYSED website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/de/dtse.pdf

To print forms/applications regarding Driver Education, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/drive.html

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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

For more information regarding Middle Level Education visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/middle.html.

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SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES

NEW! Picturing America
Picturing America is a program created by the National Endowment for the Humanities which aims to strengthen the teaching of American History and culture by supplying classical works of art to classrooms and libraries. Successful applicants will receive 40 large (24" by 36") laminated works of art and a teacher's resource guide. Application information can be found at http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/about.php?subPage=about_apply . Applications accepted between August 4, and October 31, 2008.

NEW! The Association for Library Service to Children releases a new bibliography
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a new bibliography, “Great Early Elementary Reads.” The annotated book list is divided into two categories: “Starting to Read” and “Reading on My Own.” The books included were published between 2005 and 2008. However, many are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy.

A PDF of the book list is available on the ALSC Web site in full color and black and white at www.ala.org/ala/alsc/booklists and is free to download, copy and distribute.

NEW! "Books Across America"
The National Education Association's Books Across America Library Books Awards Program enables public school libraries serving economically disadvantaged students to purchase books. Maximum Award: $1,000. Eligibility: Practicing pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school librarians, teachers, or education support professionals in a U.S. public school in which at least 70 percent of the students are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program. Deadline: November 7, 2008. http://www.neafoundation.org/grants/NEA-Grants_bro-web.pdf

NEW! Recommendations for Membership on the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries
The New York State Library is seeking, by June 30, recommendations for membership on the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. For more information on how to make a recommendation for membership to the RAC for Libraries, visit the CI&IT School Library Services Web pages at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library.html , and click on 'News".

NEW! NOVEL New York and Statewide Internet Library News
The New York State Library is pleased to announce that the license agreement for EBSCO content included in NOVELNY, a pilot project for the Statewide Internet Library, has been extended through March 31, 2009. Access to General Science Collection, MasterFileSelect, Primary Search (including the Kids Search and Searchasaurus interfaces), Science Reference Center and TopicSearch continues through this agreement.

NOVEL New York and the Statewide Internet Library is available at: http://novel.nysed.gov/. Any questions regarding the resources described above should be sent to: nyslnovel@mail.nysed.gov. The NOVELNY Help Desk is available from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday thru Friday by calling (518) 486-6012 or (Toll-free) 877-277-0250. For more news about NOVEL New York and Statewide Internet Library, visit the CI&IT School Library Services Web pages at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library.html , and click on 'News".

NEW! Regents Advisory Council on Libraries Recommends Increased State Funding for Libraries to Board of Regents.
The 2008 report of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the Board of Regents on the needs of New York’s libraries and library systems is now online at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/2008rept.htm.

The report also outlines the Council’s recommendations to the Board of Regents for 2009 budget and legislative priorities for libraries. This includes:
* $5 million in state funding for the New York Digital Collection Initiative
* $20 million for the Public Library Construction Grant Program
* $10 million in Aid to Library Systems
* An increase to $10 per pupil in School Library Materials Aid
* State funding for the Statewide Summer Reading Program, Early Literacy Programs, and English as a Second Language Programs-$7 million

For more news on the RAC for Libraries recommendations to the Regents, visit the CI&IT School Library Services Web pages at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library.html , and click on 'News".

NEW! Information Literacy Task Force - Standards for the Digital Learners of New York
New York Library Association Executive Director Michael J. Borges was appointed by the Governor to the NYS Universal Broadband Council and was asked to Chair the Digital Literacy and Community Outreach Action Team. Mr. Borges's co-chair of this Action Team is Board of Regent Joseph Bowman. Part of the Action Team's mandate was to develop Information Literacy Standards for the Digital Learners of New York, which NYLA hopes will be adopted by both the Universal Broadband Council and the NYS Board of Regents.

In response to this initiative, NYLA created a Task Force made up of distinguished librarians from around the state to work together to develop Information Literacy Standards that could be utilized in a P-20 environment and beyond.

The Standards are available at: 21st Century Information Literacy Standards for the Digital Learners of New York
http://www.nyla.org/content/user_1/NYLA_Info_Lit.pdf . NYLA would like to hear comments and suggestions on these proposed standards. Submit them to info@nyla.org

NEW! Statewide Summer Reading Program, Website for Students and Families
Students and their families can now find unusual and interesting games, fun activities, reading lists, and links online for the Statewide Summer Reading Program at http://summerreadingnys.org.   

The web site includes special features like a quiz for children and teens related to this summer’s themes: “Catch the Reading Bug” and “Metamorphosis @ your library.” Whether a youth is a budding entomologist or environmentalist, or just loves puzzles and games, these quizzes will delight and educate.   Thanks to the generosity of EBSCO, the quizzes provide direct access to the NOVELny Searchasauraus database. Searchasaurus is one of the many databases available through the NOVELny databases program.  Children and teens taking the quiz will not need a login ID or password to access to the database through the quiz.New links and activities will be added all summer long - so bookmark this site and visit it often.

For more information regarding School Library Services visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/library.html

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TESTING

NEW! New 2008 School Administrator's Manual Online
The 2008 revised Office of State Assessment School Administrator's Manual is now available online with a search text box and other interactive features. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/sam/secondary/home.html

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VIRTUAL LEARNING SYSTEM

NYS Education Department Virtual Learning System (VLS)
The NYSED VLS, www.nysvls.org, has been enhanced and expanded with additional content. Recent additions include links to instructional modules developed for the Champlain, Hudson, Fulton Commemoration Online Resource, and to VITAL (Video in Teaching and Learning)videos and related instructional activities in mathematics and English language arts. Additionally, the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) extended search feature has been reactivated. Thousands of lesson plans and instructional tasks are available by exploring the learning standards and performance indicators in the seven standards areas.

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WEB RESOURCES

Doing What Works
Doing What Works (DWW) is a new website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It relies primarily on the Institute of Education Sciences, is dedicated to helping educators identify and make use of effective teaching practices, and provides examples of possible ways educators might apply research findings to classroom practice. Additional information and resources are available at http://dww.ed.gov/index.cfm

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NYSED Graduate Student Internship Program
The NYSED Graduate Student Intern Program is intended to provide a diverse group of graduate students with work assignments that provide an opportunity to participate in educational leadership and learning situations in the areas of public policy and administration. Each internship is part-time when school is in session. Candidates must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a graduate program approved by the State Education Department. Visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/flyers/GSISpring07/GSIFlyer07.html for more information.

NYSED
For a complete listing of current NYSED Employment Opportunities, please visit http://www.oms.nysed.gov/hr/.

NYS Government
NYS Government vacant positions are posted on the Department of Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/. A list of current state exams being offered is posted at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/announ/scheduled/oc/opencompetitive_evt.cfm. We suggest you bookmark all three sites and view them periodically as they change from week to week. For more information, please visit the NYS Civil Service website at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/jobseeker/public/opportunities.cfm.

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