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AM News: States Struggle To Maintain Ed Funding

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State Could Lose $111 Million In Funding EdWeek: South Carolina may lose about $111 million in federal special education money for cutting its spending on students with disabilities for the last two years without the USDE's approval. 

New Laws Attract Lawsuits, Investigations HuffED:  A groundswell of backlash and legal action is following the flurry passed this legislative session that created or expanded programs that allow parents to use public tax dollars for private -- and, often, religious -- schools.

10 of 169 eligible Va. schools apply for merit pay AP:  The Department of Education says 10 schools applied for $3 million in state performance-pay funding, about 6 percent of 169 eligible so-called hard-to-staff schools.

Cheating puts annual tests in spotlight Baltimore Sun:  This week, Baltimore school officials said staff members at two elementary schools had erased wrong answers and replaced them with correct ones on Maryland School Assessment booklets in 2009 and 2010. 

School Reform, Chicago Style WSJ:  At 7:15 on a chilly May morning, Marshall Metro High School attendance clerk Karin Henry punched numbers into a telephone, her red nails clacking as she dialed. 

L.A. Unified's new homework policy gives students a break LAT:  Homework will now count for only 10% of a student's grade. 

LA schools step up oversight of stumbling charters AP:  The auditorium at the Los Angeles Unified school board was awash in varying shades of blue shirts at a recent meeting - sky blue belonged to parents from Crescendo Schools, while navy was worn by parents from ICEF Public Schools. 

Top Students Converge at Mind Summit in Montana NPR:  High-performing students from around the country are meeting with some of the nation's top thinkers at an enrichment event known as 'Adventures of the Mind.'

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