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A Study Finds Some States Lagging on Graduation Rates NYT
Dozens of states accept any improvement in high school graduation rates as adequate progress, and several set a goal of graduating fewer than 60 percent of their students, according to a study released yesterday by the Education Trust in Washington.

Doubts Cast on Math, Science Teaching Lures EdWeek
Those who have studied financial incentives say evidence is scant that they are attracting substantial numbers of college students and career-changers to math and science teaching, despite years of investments in those programs. PLUS: Teachers Tell Researchers They Like Their Jobs.

Gates Foundation's Education Chief Controls Billions NPR
With more than $3 billion in grant money to give away, [incoming education chief] Phillips arguably has one of the most powerful K-12 jobs in the country.

Textbook Watchdog Norma Gabler Dies NPR
Norma Gabler, who, along with her husband Mel, exerted huge influence over the U.S. textbook industry as a watchdog for material they considered anti-family, has died.

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