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Ed. Dept. Emphasizes Graduation-Rate Accountability in Letter to States PoliticsK12: In the face of continued criticism that the federal Education Department is allowing states to weaken graduation-rate accountability, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to states reinforcing that high school completion must be a significant part of accountability systems under No Child Left Behind Act waivers.

AMNewsBill to delay CPS school closings announcement goes to governor ChicagoCatalyst: The bill now moves to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn for his approval, which surely has been arranged. CPS has promised a five-year moratorium on closings in exchange for the delay.

California Targets School Borrowing WSJ: California Treasurer Bill Lockyer Thursday called for overhauls in school districts' sales of so-called capital-appreciation bonds, saying too many schools are locking themselves into what he described as "terrible deals" with onerous terms such as debt payments of more than 10 times the principal.

Jeb Bush, with cash and clout, pushes contentious school reforms CNBC: As he convenes a star-studded policy summit this week in Washington, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential education reformers in the U.S. Elements of his agenda have been adopted in 36 states, from Maine to Mississippi, North Carolina to New Mexico.

Elementary Pupils Immersed in Foreign Language EdWeek: This school year, a Delaware district introduced a more novel and potentially more effective foreign-language initiative to talk up: a new Chinese-immersion program for 101 kindergartners, which the district plans to offer those children and successive kindergartners through 8th grade.

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