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NEWS: Big Stories Of The Day

DC_WPDespite Agreement, Hawaii Teachers Resist Drug Testing Washington Post
Hawaii public school teachers signed off on first-in-the-nation statewide random drug testing in exchange for pay raises, but now the state claims the educators are trying to take the money and run.

Judge Halts Mandatory Algebra Testing for California 8th Graders AP
A judge has blocked a plan to make California the first state in the nation to require algebra testing for all eighth graders.

Foundation to shut down, blames Madoff MSNBC
One of the nation's leading educational philanthropies announced that it would close in the coming months, brought down by the alleged financial fraud orchestrated by Bernard Madoff.

Drug Sweep of Schools Leads to Issue of Rights NYT
Some parents and the American Civil Liberties Union have complained that police searches at schools were heavy-handed and disruptive.

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Illinois ripples reach Vallas Times Picayune
The sudden rise of one Chicagoan and fall of another in recent days holds a unique significance for New Orleans' Recovery School District superintendent, Paul Vallas.PLUS: More New Orleans schools to convert to charter status.

Cortines at the helm Los Angeles Times
L.A. Unified's new superintendent, a longtime educator, discusses the challenges the huge school district faces and his goals for its future.

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