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Big Stories Of The Day (Thursday July 19)

Edwards Pushes Better Education for Poor EdWeek
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has called for measures to strengthen education for poor children and make schools more economically diverse in order to fight poverty.

DC Conference Centering On Vouchers NY Sun
Giving private school vouchers to Washington, D.C., schoolchildren has increased the funds available to the city's public system at large, but it has not triggered a competitive pushback of improvement in the public schools, researchers will argue at a conference in Washington today.

Abstinence Education Faces an Uncertain Future NYT
Opponents of abstinence education cite a study that found no sign that it delayed a teenager’s sexual debut.

School fined after kids taped undressing MSNBC
A jury has awarded $40,000 each to 32 students who were taped by security cameras in a Tennessee middle school’s locker rooms.

Christian Fantasy Genre Builds Niche Without Hogwarts, Muggles or Spells WPost
Could the next Harry Potter be a devout Christian?

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