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Virginia Bill Would Move Teachers To Contracts

A bill now moving to the Virginia state senate would restrict teachers to limited-term contracts, subject to evaluation every three years.

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Obama Promotes Job Training At Community College

President Obama unveiled his fiscal 2013 budget at Northern Virginia Community College Monday. His proposal includes $8 billion for community colleges to partner with businesses to provide training in job skills that are in demand. Students there were pleased to hear the president call for more support for their type of school.
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Enrollment In D.C. Public Schools Drops

The number of students enrolled in D.C. public schools went down over the last year, but overall enrollment in the district rose thanks to increased interest in DCPS charter schools.

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'Shopping Mall Schools' Help Struggling Students

Some students just don't do well in high school — many struggle with bad grades or have discipline problems, and others choose to drop out. But there's also an alternative that some students are taking advantage of: A few school districts are opening up specialized schools inside shopping malls.
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How Much Should Kids Sleep? Nobody Knows For Sure

Everybody says children don't get enough sleep, and they've been saying that since at least 1905. Scientists still aren't sure how much time children need, according to a new study. But the experts always say they need more.
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Income, More Than Race, Is Driving Achievement Gap

The achievement gap between black and white students has narrowed significantly over the past 50 years. The gulf between rich and poor students, however, has widened dramatically. Several studies suggest that family income serves as a better predictor of school success.

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