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AM News: Digging Out From Budget Woes

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New, outgoing SC school chiefs differ on bailout Associated Press:  The administration of South Carolina's incoming school superintendent says the state's failure to land $143 million in federal bailout money may not harm classrooms even though his predecessor forecasts it could lead to some difficult days ahead... States Hold Colleges Accountable For Graduation Rate NPR:  More and more states are looking to link college budgets to schools' performance -- such as number of degrees produced and the ability to graduate challenging students... Google Pushes Education Software Through App Store Business Week:  Google is talking with makers of educational software to help build a marketplace for online learning programs, an industry whose value may approach $5 billion... Los Angeles schools: 'School Pride' gets mixed grades LA Times:  One episode of the TV show 'reenacted' an event that didn't happen; another left shoddy work behind. Some benefits were noted, though... Fairfax schools chief seeks raises for employees; supervisors critical Washington Post:  Jack D. Dale, superintendent of Fairfax County public schools, has announced a plan to introduce significant pay raises for school employees in next year's budget - a proposal that drew immediate criticism from the county's Board of Supervisors... Calling on the pros during the college application process NPR:  The college application process can be a stressful one, and some parents are calling on the pros to try and get some help. Zachary Barr reports... Georgia Schools Offer Lesson In Living With Cutbacks NPR:  Public school districts across the country have been grappling with drastic budget cuts. For the rural Franklin County, Ga., district, that has meant teacher cutbacks, longer school days and a shorter school year.

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