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Education: Morning Roundup, What's Next for the DREAM ACT?

Where the DREAM Act goes from here; Michelle Rhee meets the new mayor; and the sorry state of U.S. science education


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Morning Roundup:

From Education Week: DREAM Act Stalls in Senate, but Backers Aren't Giving Up

Karina Ortiz watched from home Tuesday as the Senate made a move that could stand in the way of her dreams and the dreams of other illegal immigrant students like her. The 19-year-old Cal Poly Pomona philosophy major witnessed Republicans block passage of the DREAM Act, which would give thousands of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship under certain conditions.

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Presumptive Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray held a long-awaited summit with Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee on Thursday but said that his 90 minutes with the outspoken schools leader, who actively campaigned against him in a rancorous Democratic primary, hewed strictly to education issues and did not address her future in the job.
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The number of New York City elementary and middle school students who failed to move on to the next grade skyrocketed this school year, as weak students faced a higher bar on state tests and the broadening of the city’s tough promotion policy.
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Stagnant scientific education imperils U.S. economic leadership, says a report by leading business and science figures. Released Thursday at a congressional briefing attended by senators and Congress members of both parties, the report updates a 2005 science education report that led to moves to double federal research funding.
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