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    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says his daughters couldn't get the same quality education at a Washington, D.C., public school that they get at their private school. Obama says the schools in the District of Columbia are ``struggling,'' though he said there have been some important steps made in the direction of reform.

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says teachers' unions can be part of the solution to problem schools. He said during an interview with NBC's ``Today'' show that unions often have been resistant to change as they try to protect their members but that many of them are now working with states on reforms including charter schools.

    WASHINGTON (AP) The D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services is using global positioning system devices to keep track of young offenders released into the community. The agency says it has contracted with Satellite Tracking of People for the pilot program in which youth wear GPS devices on their ankles.

    WASHINGTON (AP) The vice president's official residence is getting a security upgrade. The Navy will install a 10-foot security fence and additional security checkpoints around Vice President Joe Biden's residential compound at the Naval Observatory.

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