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AM News: Joplin Goes Back to School After Tornado

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Joplin, Mo. students return to school in converted mall Washington Post: Three months after a tornado claimed 160 lives, students in Joplin, Missouri returned to school Wednesday.

Joplin defies odds, just by opening schools The New York Times:  Joplin, Mo., has raced to regain its footing since a tornado killed 160 people and displaced thousands more three months ago. 

Police: School bomb plot aimed for mass casualties AP:  Police were already keeping an eye on 17-year-old expelled student Jared Cano when they were tipped off that he was allegedly planning to bomb his old high school when classes resumed.

L.A. Unified bests reform group in most cases, data show L.A. Times: Struggling schools under district control see test scores rise more than most operated by the mayor, a charter organization, and others, a Times analysis finds.

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Lessons in Austerity: How City Pricipals Make Budgets Work The New York Times: Principals have trimmed after-school programs, shrunk their support staffs and tightened their schools’ use of things like printing paper, markers and Post-it notes.

Tests Show 1 In 4 U.S. Students Set For College; Wide Gap For Minorities NPR:  Only 1 in 4 U.S. high school graduates who took the 2011 ACT college entrance exam scored high enough to be deemed ready for college-level courses in the test's four subject areas, according to the company that designs the tests.

La. district seeks to add cameras during testing EdWeek: The Madison Parish School System wants to use cameras in the district's classrooms and hallways to monitor teachers and students during standardized testing.

NYC School Panel Backs Verizon Deal Despite Protests The New York Times: The Panel for Educational Policy on Wednesday approved a $120 million contract with a Verizon subsidiary to provide phone and Internet services for two years at city schools, despite calls for postponing the vote and boisterous protests over Verizon’s possible role in federal theft charges against an Education Department consultant.

Teachers face cyberbullying, study says Huffington Post: Teachers are now subjected to cyberbullying from both pupils and parents, according to research by Plymouth University.

New Race to Top Spurs Concerns About Testing Preschoolers EdWeek: The proposed assessment requirements for the new Race to the Top early-learning competition are sparking concerns from some preschool advocates, who fear the provisions could lead to high-stakes testing of young children and unfair accountability measures imposed on educators.

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