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Dc_wp ‘Reading First’ Conference Draws 6,000 EdWeek
With the likely loss of funding, educators try to figure out how to keep the federal reading program alive in their districts.

Review of Seattle schools recommends overhaul Seattle PI
Seattle Public Schools' program for students learning English is among the weakest in the nation – "highly fragmented," and "weakly defined," according to a scathing outside review released Wednesday.

Summer Spells No Vacation From Homework Washington Post
Issie Griffith conquered two novels and a 100-page math packet on a recent summer break.

Mississippi Raises Bar on NCLB Test Scores EdWeek
In a move many see as overdue, the state is setting a tougher standard for students to qualify as “proficient” — and many more are likely to fall short.

High school or the movies? Dad makes a deal MSNBC
David Gilmour feared he might lose his son forever if he forced him to stay in high school, hopelessly flunking. Instead, he did something he recommends to no other parent: He told his boy he could drop out and watch movies instead.

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