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Friday Roundup: District News

From lead poisoning to school turnarounds, there's rarely a dull moment when it comes to the nation's school districts. Here's a look at some of the biggest issues in school systems across the country.

  • California schools are looking to outside money to shore up their budgets, which have been cut severely because of the state's mammoth economic crisis. But finding a perfect match between grants and school needs is often elusive, says Emily Alpert of VoiceofSanDiego.org.

  • High lead levels are having a real impact on the educational outcomes of Detroit schoolchildren, the Detroit Free Press reports. About 60 percent of DPS students who performed below their grade level on 2008 standardized tests had elevated lead levels, according to the research performed by the school district in conjunction with Detroit's health department.

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