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FTC not sure that 'Your Baby Can Read,' calls ads deceptive

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Robert Titzer, the man behind the 'Your Baby Can Read' program, is in t-r-o-u-b-l-e with the Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC filed false and deceptive advertising charges against the San Diego State University alum for promoting the program as a tool to teach infants, as young as nine months old, to read using a combination of videos, flash cards and pop-up books.

Titzer, whose program was advertised extensively on television, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, agreed to settle the FTC charges. The settlement imposes a $185 million judgment, most of which would be suspended due to the company's failing financial condition.

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CDE: Dropout numbers drop, high school graduate numbers grow in California

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California is making some progress in graduation rates as the overall number of high school dropouts drop.

The California Department of Education reports Wednesday that slightly more high school students graduated in 2011 than the year before, and fewer students dropped out.

More than 76 percent of students statewide earned their high school diplomas, marking a 1.5 percent increase from the 2010 graduation rate, said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

The increase, Torlakson says, was higher for Hispanic, black and English learner students — just over 2 percent for black and Hispanic, and nearly 4 percent for English learners.

Meanwhile, overall dropout rate for the state — which does not include students who drop out before ninth grade — decreased by 2 percent.

The biggest decrease was seen in English learners - 4 percent fewer dropped out, while 2 percent and 3 percent fewer Hispanic and black students left school, respectively.

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