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Morning Round-up March 8, 2007

Education Dept. Is Urged to Explain Loan Subsidy NYT
Lawmakers from both parties are pressuring the Education Department to explain why it let a student loan company keep $278 million in subsidies that an audit found improper.

Bill Gates calls for ed-data center eSchool News
America needs a Center for State Education Data to aggregate student information and identify what works and what doesn't in our schools, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told Congress on March 7.

"Hire" education: A vocational model succeeds
Central Educational Center in Coweta County, Georgia must meet state standards and its students are required to take all state standardized tests. However, as a charter school, CEC has the flexibility to tailor its curriculum to meet the changing needs of the business community.

Low-income families get college aid help CSM
More than 1,700 potential college students and parents who earn less than $45,000 annually and have their taxes done at select H&R Block offices will get free help completing the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Suicide Shootings at Schools in Michigan and Texas NYT
A 17-year-old shot his ex-girlfriend four times Wednesday in the parking lot of her Michigan high school before shooting himself fatally in the head. Earlier a 16-year-old boy shot himself at his high school in Texas.

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