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AM News: IL Is Last State Left Unable To Set Disparate Goals By Race

Idaho Wins NCLB Waiver EdWeek: This leaves Illinois' request as the one that's languished in NCLB waiver purgatory the longest. (I'm not counting Iowa, whose request was basically rejected, or California, which is going the not-likely-to-succeed, do-it-yourself route.) Seven other states applied more recently, and still await word.

Florida Officials Defend Racial and Ethnic Learning Goals NYT: Setting different goals for student achievement in reading and math by race and ethnicity is just an interim step, calculated as part of a waiver granted by the federal government, officials say.

News2Contraception, Pell Grants 'In Context' After Debate WBEZ: We're taking a closer look at two issues that came up during Tuesday's presidential debate — contraceptive coverage and funding for higher education. Robert Siegel talks with Julie Rovner and Claudio Sanchez to put the candidates' comments in context.

Closure Of Six Charter Schools In St. Louis Costs $250,000 HuffPost: The schools boasted 3,333 students — about 89 percent of whom transferred to St. Louis Public Schools after the state voted last spring to close the Imagine network of St. Louis charter schools following years of academic and financial management issues.

Online auction to liquidate surplus school items AP: Tennis rackets, at least two pianos, science lab microscopes and a battery-powered scooter are among dozens of surplus items that will be auctioned off from Detroit's closed Southwestern High School....

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