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NEWS: Big Stories Of The Day

Achievement Gaps Drag Down Economy, Study Finds EdWeek
The United State risks "the equivalent of a permanent recession" unless the situation is remedied, a McKinsey and Co. researcher warned.

EuropapersUpside of a downturn: Dropouts drop back in AP
In hard-hit Elkhart, Ind., and across the nation,  education experts see a bright spot in the dismal downturn: more students may opt to stay in – or return to – school.

Dropout rate declines in some cities Kansas City Star
In all, 13 cities saw double-digit improvement in their graduation rates, according to the study released Wednesday by America's Promise Alliance.

Ind. Lawmakers Pass Teacher Lawsuit Shield Indy Star
House Bill 1462, which now heads to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, would provide "qualified immunity" to educators who follow school procedures while breaking up a fight or disciplining students. The law is designed to make it easier for judges to dismiss lawsuits brought by parents who disagree with disciplinary actions. Via ECS.

High school exit exam hinders female and non-white students, study says LA Times
California's high school exit exam is keeping disproportionate numbers of girls and non-whites from graduating, even when they are just as capable as white boys, according to a study released Tuesday.

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