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NEWS: Big Stories Of The Day

In Pontiac, Mich., Schools, Everyone Gets A Pink Slip NPR
Pontiac Superintendent Linda Paramore says the school board has sent every employee a pink slip — including teachers. Officials say they'll call back only the employees needed for next school year.

Nevada requests waiver SF Chroncle
In his letter to US Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Gibbons said the state is in a severe economic slump and the $396 million in stimulus funds for ...

Study of Charters in 8 States Finds Mixed Effects EdWeek
Researchers discerned little evidence of better test scores in charters, but cited some differences in graduation and college-going rates.

Dallas ISD records show school held 'cage fights' Dallas MN
The principal and other staff members at South Oak Cliff High School were supposed to be breaking up fights. Instead, they sent troubled students into a steel utility cage in an athletic locker room to battle it out with bare fists and no head protection, records show.

D.C. Schools Chief Turns To Rookie Teacher Corps NPR
D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is attracting young teachers to the troubled school system who aren't vested in the old contractual arrangements with the teachers' union. Many of these new teachers are receptive to the changes that Rhee is proposing.


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