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NEWS: Big Stories Of The Day

Don't forget to check out the weekend reading, too -- great stuff in there:

Decline and Fall EdWeek
Robert C. Bobb was appointed by the state to try to close a huge budget deficit that is the legacy of declining enrollment and management problems.

Washington Area Schools Buck Trends With Continued Support for Summer Programs WP
While school districts across the country are cutting back on summer school to save money, Montgomery County is so convinced of its value to students that it spent $1.2 million this year to expand one of its programs.

At School, Lower Expectations Of Dominican Kids NPR
Parents and teachers often expect less of students who are the children of Dominican immigrants. This causes their grades and ambitions to suffer.

State's districts rank low on spending but high on school debt: Austin Statesman
A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Texas school districts as a whole spend less per pupil than those in all but a few states — but collectively they're also deeper in debt.

See also 'weekend reading' below.

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