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Suspicious school test scores across the nation Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Suspicious test scores in roughly 200 school districts resemble those that entangled Atlanta in the biggest cheating scandal in American history, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows. AP:  Some Question Analysis

Arne Duncan: Newspapers Shouldn't Publish Teacher Ratings Teacher Beat: Publishing teachers' ratings in the newspaper in the way The New York Times and other outlets have done recently is not a good use of performance data, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in an interview yesterday.

N.J. middle school: No hugging, please USA Today: A New Jersey middle school principal told his 900 students they were in a "no hugging school" following some "unsuitable" incidents.

A Teacher's Ultimatum Drives Student's Success NPR: In high school, Raul Bravo asked himself whether it was worth getting a diploma. Friends were making fast money drug dealing, and four years seemed like a long time. But then his automotive teacher told him he had a decision to make.

Districts Moving Against 'Pink Slime' NYT: Parents are pressing school districts around the country to stop serving the products now -- and some school districts are responding, The New York Times reported this weekend.

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Missouri School District Questioned Over Anti-Gay Web Filter NYT (Winerip): A judge has ordered Camdenton school district in Missouri to replace a filter that puts pro-gay sites in the sexuality category, but allows antigay sites, which are often classified as religious.

California urged to consider non-seniority-based teacher layoffs LAT: State legislative analyst's report also says school districts issue more pink slips than needed because of deadline issues and recommends changing the layoff notice deadline.

Conn. Schools Face Test WSJ: State test scores at Trailblazers and its sister high school, Stamford Academy, are among the lowest in Connecticut, and community leaders are concerned about its large concentration of minority students. via GothamSchools.

Program recruits troops as teachers Philadelphia Inquirer: Veterans from any branch of the service can participate and bring discipline, commitment, experience, and high expectations to the classroom.

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