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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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WTU Appeal: Teachers Get Back Pay, Jobs

The Washington Teachers Union won a major victory Thursday, as an arbitrator ruled D.C. owes 75 teachers fired in 2008 approximately $7 million in back pay.

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Too Much GI Bill Money Going To For-Profit Schools?

The nation's for-profit colleges and universities received more than $1 billion in benefits from the Post-Sept. 11 GI Bill in the last year alone. But some say the for-profit schools aren't policed well enough — which creates an opening for abuses — and their dropout rates are too high.

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