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Friday AM News (April 6)

Federal Official in Student Loans Held Loan Stock NYT
A senior official at the Education Department sold more than $100,000 in shares in a student loan company even as he was helping oversee lenders.

Merit-based Rewards for Teachers Pushed on Hill Washington Times
Rewarding effective teachers with more pay has bipartisan support on Capitol Hill as about a dozen House members pushed a bill last week that would help states and localities set up merit–based pay systems for educators.

Subtracting a 'gifted' gap in math education Christian Science Monitor
Project M3 steers often-overlooked students from low income and minority backgrounds into advanced math classes.

Testing service cancels launch of new exam AP
The makers of the GRE graduate school entrance exam have scrapped an extensive makeover of the test, citing concerns they wouldn't be able to accommodate enough students at test centers.

Battle to Win Top Colleges' Nod Escalating WashPost
Beka Badila, a senior at the Oakcrest School in McLean, did everything she was supposed to do to get into a good college.

Teacher disciplined for clothespin justice MSNBC
An Ohio substitute teacher’s tool for silencing chatty kindergartners — clothespins — doesn’t wash with school officials.

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