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Morning Round-up March 30, 2007

Study gives teachers barely passing grade in classroom USAT
The findings, published today in the weekly magazine Science, take teachers to task for spending too much time on basic reading and math skills and not enough on problem-solving, reasoning, science and social studies. They also suggest that U.S. education focuses too much on teacher qualifications and not enough on teachers being engaging and supportive.

Many Illinois schools dodge federal warning list
Almost 300,000 reading and math tests taken by Illinois students in 2006 weren't counted because the state relaxed a rule under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, allowing some schools to dodge a warning they were failing.

Child Wants Cellphone; Reception Is Mixed NYT
Should you get your 8-year-old his or her own cellphone? The trend is growing, but not without a lot of anguish among parents.

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