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Big Stories Of The Day (May 25)

How to Fix No Child Left Behind TIME
It's countdown time in Philadelphia's public schools. Just 21 days remain before the state reading and math tests in March, and the kids and faculty at James G. Blaine Elementary, an all-black, inner-city school that spans pre-K to eighth grade, have been drilling for much of the day.

Teachers Lacking Certification Are Told They Will Be Terminated Washington PostA D.C. public schools official has notified more than 300 teachers that they will be terminated next month if they do not have the proper credentials to remain in the classroom.

U.S. spends average $8,701 per pupil on education CNN
The United States spent an average of $8,701 per pupil to educate its children in 2005, the Census Bureau said Thursday, with some states paying more than twice as much per student as others.

Scoring error raises questions Miami Herald
Human error inflated last year's third-grade FCAT reading scores, state education officials said Wednesday -- an admission that again called into question the state's controversial high-stakes testing system.

Nebraska repeals racially charged breakup of district CNN
The governor signed a bill Thursday repealing the planned breakup of the Omaha school district into three districts, largely along racial lines.


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