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NEWS: Big Stories Of The Day

Dc_wpHow to Go Forward With 'No Child Left Behind' Washington Post
President-elect Barack Obama has vowed to "fix the failures" of the No Child Left Behind law, which rates schools based on student performance on annual math and reading tests.

Without accreditation, Clayton schools ineligible for federal funds Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Clayton County schools will not get any federal money to offset the $23 million in shortfall it will see because of the system's accreditation loss....

Conflicts Mark Charter Oversight Washington Post
Key members of the public bodies that regulate and fund D.C. charter schools, including Thomas A. Nida, D.C. charter school board chairman, have taken part in official decisions that stood to benefit themselves, their colleagues, employers and companies with whom they have business ties.  PLUS:  Charter Schools Make Gains On Tests

Laptop Deal Links Rural Peru To Opportunity, Risk NPR
Peru is buying inexpensive computers for poor, rural schoolchildren, connecting them to new skills and information. Skeptics call the laptops a luxury when those kids don't have basics such as health care. They also say newfound skills could lead students to city jobs, spurring the brain drain in isolated villages.

Marin City school will not be renamed after Obama EdWeek
Sausalito Marin City School District officials nixed the idea of renaming the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Thursday after dozens of community members voiced opposition to the idea at a meeting.


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