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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

AJC: Polish MP Attacks Holocaust Restitution

NEW YORK, May 18, 2014 /  -- AJC is enraged by a Polish lawmaker's claim that Holocaust-era restitution by Poland should cease. MP Slawomir Kopycinski, of the Europa Plus party, called the Regulatory Commission for Jewish Communities "the fourth partition of Poland," and said the government body should be shut.
"Mr. Kopycinski's claims are specious and completely divorced from the reality of Polish restitution, which has largely been a slow and incomplete process," said Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs.
Baker, who has long been involved in negotiations with the Polish government regarding restitution issues, also questioned the timing of Kopycinski's "incendiary remarks." 
In addition to serving in the Polish parliament, Kopycinski is a candidate for a seat in the European Parliament. "By disparaging the legitimate claims of the Jewish community Mr. Kopycinski is injecting anti-Semitism directly into the elections campaign, a disturbing trend already seen in other European Union countries, but not in Poland until now. We hope that Europa Plus leaders will categorically repudiate Kopycinski's offensive views."
Legislation adopted in 1997, creating the Regulatory Commission, pertained to restitution claims on communal property -- buildings, houses of worship, cemeteries -- and excluded non-religious and commercial properties that may have been owned by Jewish communities.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee

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