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NEWS: Big Stories Of The Day

Just remember, it's all downhill after noon.

School closings eyed as swine flu toll tops 700 AP
The worldwide death toll from swine flu has doubled in the past month, reaching over 700 since the start of the outbreak, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Blog_NYTMaryland Students Gain in Reading, Math Washington Post
Maryland elementary and middle school students posted more gains on state tests of reading and math skills this year, state officials said Tuesday morning, but troubling pockets of low academic achievement remain in a state whose educational system is considered among the best in the nation.

Report Urges Halt to Extra Pay for Master’s Degrees EdWeek
States and districts could free up money for teacher-compensation reforms that might promote student achievement, the authors say.

New iPhone apps classes let you learn, test and earn USA Today
Colleges are offering courses in programming iPhone applications, that allows students to create, test and distribute their app, many times for ...

Bill Gates: U.S. education uses wrong tools AP
The U.S. must improve its educational standing by rewarding effective teaching and developing better measures of performance for students and teachers, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says.

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