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News: Turnaround Changes, NPO Fail, District Suits

Lawmakers in high-minority areas send few to academies USA Today
As the nation's military academies try to recruit more minorities, they aren't getting much help from members of Congress from big-city districts ...

Stimulus Rules on 'Turnarounds' Shift EdWeek
The guidelines for addressing low-performing schools allow states and districts to use a turnaround approach that many educators favor: providing professional development and coaching for a school’s current staff, and making changes to curriculum and instruction.

Civic education group misused $5.9M USA Today1111111111111111111
The California-based Center for Civic Education improperly spent taxpayer money according to the report from the department's inspector general.

Denied relief, W.Va. schools ready to sue AP
West Virginia will likely be sued by most -- if not all -- of its 55 county school boards, after the Legislature shot down Gov. Joe Manchin's offer of short-term relief from retiree health costs.

Smart kids ignored? Disparities in gifted education reported USA Today
A new report by the National Association for Gifted Children blames low federal funding and a focus on low-performing students for wide disparities, ...

Some L.A. Unified workers agree to furloughs LA Times
About 20,000 Los Angeles school district workers have agreed to four unpaid furlough days to help close a large budget gap, officials announced Monday.

Obama to Honor Young Inventors at National Science Fair WSJ
President Barack Obama said Monday he would convene a national science fair next year to honor young inventors with the same gusto that college and professional athletes celebrate their victories at the White House.

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