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Canceling The School Play Won't Avoid 'Kismet'

This week a high school in western Pennsylvania canceled its production of Kismet, citing sensitivity over the Sept. 11 attacks. The musical was adapted from the Arabian Nights; might it not be good for students to learn a lesson about controversy?
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Va. Seeks Waiver From No Child Left Behind

Virginia education officials are planning to seek a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law, which requires that students show proficiency in reading and math by 2014.

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Obama Announces No Child Left Behind State Waivers

President Obama announced on Friday just what school districts have to do to qualify for waivers from the No Child Left Behind law. States had been pressuring the Department of Education to do something, because, without congressional action, a huge number of school districts would have been labeled as failing under the law.
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Obama Lets States Opt Out Of 'No Child Left Behind'

The president said states can now apply for waivers allowing them to scrap the requirement that all children must show they are proficient in reading and math by 2014. But states must first meet conditions designed to better prepare and test students.
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Student Suspended Over Banana Costume

The right to free speech is raised at a Stafford County high school after academic officials suspended a student for sprinting around in a banana costume.
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Obama To Waive Parts Of Bush-Era Education Act

The White House is announcing Friday that it will grant waivers to states that cannot meet the testing standards of the No Child Left Behind education law. But states will face strict scrutiny from Washington before they get these waivers.
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Detractors: Ind. Voucher System Promotes Religion

Indiana's new voucher program allows families with incomes up to $62,000 to take a portion of the funds that would have gone to a public school and convert it into a scholarship that can be used at a private school. The program has brought an enrollment rush at Catholic schools. Opponents fear the vouchers could siphon money away from public schools, and uses state funds to offer religious education.

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