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NEWS: Big Stories Of The Day

Scores on Science Test Causing Concern in U.S. Washington Post
Students are doing no better on an international science exam than they were in the mid-1990s, a performance plateau that leaves educators and policymakers worried about how schools are preparing students to compete in an increasingly global economy.

Governors Make Pitch to Obama for Stimulus Money EdWeek
In a meeting with the president-elect, governors made the case that education and health care are in danger of significant cuts.

Union Weighs Merit Pay For Teachers NPR
With heightened pressure to turn around poorly performing public schools, politicians are pushing for merit-based pay for teachers. Randi Weingarten, of the American Federation of Teachers, discusses her union's efforts to reform schools and why merit pay, previously considered off-limits, is now on the table.

After 13 years, still no outdoor recess at Rush elementary school Democrat and Chronicle
In 1995, a hunter's stray shotgun slug crashed through a classroom window in Rush and sprayed glass onto the 40 first- and second- graders inside. No one was seriously hurt, but 13 years later, Leary Elementary School still does not allow students outdoors for recess during hunting season.

Pa. teen charged in foiled school attack plot AP
A 15-year-old boy stole his father's guns to use in a suicidal attack against enemies at his suburban Philadelphia high school but was thwarted when a friend threw the weapons in a river, authorities said....


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