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Morning Round-up January 22, 2007

Oregon latest state to raise graduation requirements Boston Globe
Oregon is the latest state to take action in a nationwide movement to raise graduation requirements after a speech Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates gave to the nation's governors in 2005.

Taking Middle Schoolers Out of the Middle NYT
The two schools, in disparate corners of the nation’s largest school system, are part of a national effort to rethink middle school, driven by increasingly well-documented slumps in learning among early adolescents as well as middle school crime rates and stubborn high school dropout rates.

Education Department says lender was overpaid
Under the deal, the Education Department said any future payments the Lincoln, Nebraska-based company, Nelnet, has pending from the agency for subsidies on student loans will go through a review process to determine what the proper amounts should be.

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