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Obca942_phelps_20080812231625ACT scores down, but more students college-ready AP
Average scores on the ACT college entrance exam dipped slightly for the high school class of 2008 as the number of students taking the exam jumped by 9 percent compared to last year.

Schools Start Offering Students Cash for Better Grades PBS
Some schools across the country have launched new cash reward programs to improve students' test scores, despite concerns from some educators over what role money should lplay in children's motivation.

Poll Finds Drop in Public’s Regard for Schools EdWeek
A new survey also gives Democrats an edge as the party seen as most likely to improve education.

More African-Americans Being Home Schooled NPR
This week's Mocha Moms discuss the benefits and challenges of home schooling.

A Taste of Failure Fuels an Appetite for Success at South Korea’s Cram Schools NYT
South Koreans say their obsession to get their children into top-notch universities is nothing short of “a war” and are turning to intense, regimented campuses.

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