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AM News: Search For The Cheating Cure

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States Search for Anwers to Cheating Scandal NPR: The publicity is pushing states to look for better ways to detect and prevent tampering with the test results, and some say constant vigilance is required to guard against cheating.

Schools enjoy unexpected funds, but midyear cuts are possible LAT:  After three lean years, unexpected state funds have given school districts from Sacramento to San Diego a financial breather, allowing them to rehire staff and restore smaller class sizes and programs just as most students prepare to return to school in coming weeks.

Front-runners, Long Shots for Race to Top Early Ed. Grants Politics K12:  Eleven states: Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Vermont.

 NY comptroller nixes school deal with Murdoch co. AP:  New York's comptroller has spiked a $27 million contract with one of media giant Rupert Murdoch's companies because of the phone hacking scandal in Great Britain.... 

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Ind. voucher program creating a stir USA Today: In April, the Indiana Legislature provided another option — vouchers that allow low-and middle-income families to use public funds to help pay private school tuition.

Private firm opens Boston charter Boston Globe: The Boston public schools’ contract with Unlocking Potential marks the first time the city has tapped a school management firm to run one of its schools.

LA students grade district's new menu LA Times: It's a reform effort years in the making in the nation's second-largest school system. Only this one is being carried out around a group of tables at the district's massive kitchen, where the executive chef is serving his latest creations to several dozen teenagers.

Boston area colleges take on city's other dropout rate Boston Globe: Two years after a study showed that most Boston public school graduates who go on to college fail to earn diplomas, Massachusetts colleges and universities are mobilizing to try to keep students from dropping out.

Current labor dispute in Chicago echoes strike year of 1987 Chicago Tribune: Nearly a quarter-century later, the teachers union is embroiled in a similar spat with Chicago Public Schools leadership over pay and classroom time. After CPS officials rescinded the teachers' 4 percent raises next year to close a record budget deficit, the union last week rejected the district's compromise proposal of a 2 percent raise for elementary school teachers in exchange for working a 90-minute-longer school day.

 

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