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The U.S. beverage industry has approved guidelines that would limit soda purchases in schools. But critics say the move would have minimal impact where the problem is worst—in high schools.


Only 53 percent of high school students put a "great deal of effort" into their school work, and more than a third have not written a paper more than five pages long the entire school year according to a recent survey of more than 80,000 high school students conducted by Indiana University Bloomington. Martha M. McCarthy, director of the High School Survey of Student Engagement said "I think our data give a wake-up call to high schools to say we need to make our courses more challenging."


The Florida legislature requires all districts to direct 5 percent of their teacher-salary budgets toward performance pay. Yet in one district, only two out of a possible 7,800 teachers have qualified.


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