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Thursday AM News (April 5)

Testing rules to be eased Gannett
After months of pressure from states, the Bush administration said Wednesday that schools would be able to administer easier and more-suitable tests to certain students with disabilities who have struggled on traditional exams.

NCLB changes will allow more alternate tests AP
The change, outlined in final regulations Wednesday, would triple the number of children who can take tests that are easier than those given to most students under the 2002 law.

Chicago School Innovates, Rewrites Rules NPR
In the push for innovative schools, one Chicago principal has thrown out the rule book. Kindergartners go to school with 12th-graders. And the older kids teach the younger ones.

$500 Million Pledged to Fight Childhood Obesity NYT
The $500 million public health initiative by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is one of the largest ever tried by a private philanthropy.

Software's benefits on tests in doubt MSNBC
Educational tools, a $2 billion-a-year industry, has no significant impact on student performance.

Substitute Teacher Tells History Firsthand NYT
Arnold Blume, 81, has carved out a niche at the intersection of teaching and oral history.

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