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Big Stories Of The Day (May 14)

Educating the Education Secretary NYT
“It’s not our fault.” That’s what Education Secretary Margaret Spellings seemed to say while testifying before Congress last week about her department’s failure to halt the payoffs, kickbacks and general looting of the public treasury by a lending company that collected nearly $300 million in undeserved subsidies.

The Teachers Who Cheat San Francisco Chronicle
Some help students during standards test -- or fix answers later -- and California's safeguards may leave more breaches unreported.

Parents withdraw students from state tests Scripps Howard News Service
Albert attends a program for hearing-impaired children at Loma Vista School in Ventura, Calif. Last year, he and his classmates sat through six days of tests, only to find out months later that their scores wouldn’t be counted.

The Sting of the Bee May Not Prove Helpful Washington Post
Despite their rising popularity, some teachers say that spelling competitions aren't good instructional tools.

Teachers stage fake gunman attack MSNBC
The mock attack was intended as a learning experience. Parents were not amused.

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