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Obama Waives National Test Requirements – Too Many Kids Failing

State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan has heard their cry, with a waiver system that will give schools and states a break.

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Texas Cracks Down on Unsafe Boaters

Starting this year, Texas boat operators — and teenagers taking driver’s education courses — will be introduced to new state laws covering safe boating practices, boat handling and emergency procedures, all in an effort to make recreational boating safer.

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New High School Allows Students to Earn College Degree and Land Job with IBM

The IBM International Foundation and the New York City Public Schools have collaborated to create the new Pathways in Technology Early College High School, which will open in September.

Dubbed “P-Tech,” students can earn a standard four-year diploma, or opt to stay for two extra years — after which they’ll graduate with an associate’s degree in computer science from CUNY’s College of Technology (City Tech) for free. They can then continue their studies at City Tech, attend other colleges and apply the credits they’ve already earned, or be considered for employment by IBM’s IT department and at other companies.

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Black Valedictorian Sues Her School After Being Forced to Share Honor with White Student

In 1957, nine black students were denied entry at the illegally racially-segregated Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas, setting off a firestorm that became a watershed moment in the civil rights movement.

Now, a young woman claims another school in the state is still discriminating against minority students.

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America’s Kids Don’t Know Much About Geography

American schoolchildren may know their way around their smartphones and PC's, but they know next to nothing about geography, and educators are alarmed.

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New ‘Dyslexie’ Font Created to Help Dyslexia Sufferers [VIDEO]

Dyslexia sufferers have a tough time with basic reading– the learning disability actually causes those afflicted to view words differently than the rest of us. They sometimes see letters flipped upside down, mirrored or even rearranged within a word.

A new typeface called Dyslexie is trying to change all that. Created by Netherlands designer Christian Boer, it thickens the bottom of some letters and slants others in an effort to make texts easier for dyslexics to read.

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California Public Schools Now Required to Teach Gay History

Under a bill signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown, California public schools will be required to teach the contributions of gay, lesbian,  bisexual and transgender Americans, starting January 1.

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What? John Lennon a Republican?

If his personal assistant is to be believed, the Beatles founder famous for supporting leftist causes was in reality a closet Republican.  John Lennon’s assistant says at the time of his death in 1980, Lennon was embarrassed to admit he was so radical when he was young.

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