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Wednesday Morning News (April 11)

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College freshman not ready, study says San Diego Union-Tribune
Professors believe high school teachers should cover fewer topics with more depth to prepare students for college.

Financial Aid Officers Benefit from Student Loans, Probe Reveals PBS
Financial aid officers at several high-profile colleges were put on leave after a probe revealed that they were receiving stock options, kickbacks and all-expense-paid trips from a preferred student loan lender.

Troubled Schools Turn Around by Shrinking NPR
Whatever the odds, Northwestern High School and others like it must embrace change. Baltimore hopes this will be the last year for its remaining comprehensive high schools.

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School Records on Special English Classes Are Called Works of Fiction by Critics NYT A high school in the Bronx is said to have failed to offer the required classes in English as a second language to immigrant children.

DNA shows Larry Birkhead is baby's dad Boston Globe
"I told you so!" the late Playboy Playmate's former boyfriend said Tuesday upon emerging from a closed court hearing.

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What is the rationale for EdWeek printing "news" about Anna Nicole Smith? You have to be kidding! What could such a piece possibly do for the credibility of your publication? How could ANS even be remotely related to eduation? Come on Alexander Russo and EdWeek. This is an embarrassing entry.

it's on the "this week in education" blog, not edweek. they're editorially separate, etc.

plus which, the story contains important information about how DNA tests work, essential information for teachers and students.

While certainly not as significant as a dead celebrity paternity decision, April 11 was also the day a group of expert teachers from across the nation offered some fresh ideas about the kinds of pay for performance plans that might attract teacher support and help drive school improvement.

As one measure of its newsworthiness, a story about this study by an independent group of award-winning teachers was carried on the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, above the fold. The DNA story got two lines in the News Minute. There's more about the TeacherSolutions report (which was also the lead web story at EW on Weds) at: http://snipurl.com/tsreport

While certainly not as significant as a dead celebrity paternity decision, April 11 was also the day a group of expert teachers from across the nation offered some fresh ideas about the kinds of pay for performance plans that might attract teacher support and help drive school improvement.

As one measure of its newsworthiness, a story about this study by an independent group of award-winning teachers was carried on the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, above the fold. The DNA story got two lines in the News Minute. There's more about the TeacherSolutions report (which was also the lead web story at EW on Weds) at: http://snipurl.com/tsreport

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