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Morning Roundup March 23, 2007

State Takes Control of Troubled Public Schools in St. Louis NYT
A spokesman for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jim Morris, said the three-member panel was expected to run the district for the next six years, although the State Board of Education could elect to extend the panel’s term indefinitely.

NY battles student loan kickbacks CNN.com
Last week, Cuomo announced that an investigation into student lending practices, spanning hundreds of colleges and at least six lenders, found that lenders routinely paid kickbacks to colleges and their employees for steering business their way. These are among several practices that may violate state law, Cuomo said.

More States Raise Dropout Age to 18 NPR
A growing number of states are raising the high-school dropout age to 18. Supporters say the new laws will reduce the dropout rate. But some educators fear the measures will be ineffective, while costing the schools more money.

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