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From Slate: Was Phoebe Prince Once a Bully?

Did her school in Ireland turn a blind eye to early warnings of her troubles?

From The New York Times: Given Money for Rehiring, Schools Wait and See

The money for schools to rehire teachers, counselors and support workers is instead being set aside by school districts worried about cuts to come in the current school year.

From NPR: Do College Students Really Think Beethoven Is A Dog?

Every year, Beloit College releases its "mindset list" for its incoming freshman class. The idea, says the school, was to create "a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references." But, as it says, it "quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation."

From The Wall Street Journal: Scores Stagnate at High Schools

New data show that fewer than 25% of 2010 graduates who took the ACT college-entrance exam possessed the academic skills necessary to pass entry-level courses, despite modest gains in college-readiness among U.S high-school students in the last few years.

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