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Philly schools can't commit to staff rehires

It's too early to know whether a tentative state rescue package will allow the city's school system to rehire any of its 3,800 laid-off employees, city and district officials said Monday. Full story

Education Dept. offers more time to reach goals

States can ask for another year before being required to use student test results to decide whether to keep or fire teachers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told school chiefs on Tuesday. Full story

Duncan: Sequester cuts are ‘height of adult dysfunction’

   Education Secretary Arne Duncan joins Alex Wagner and the NOW panelists to discuss universal pre-k, President Obama’s initiative aimed at connecting 99% of U.S. students to the Internet within five years, and head start cuts from the sequester.

Education secretary says comments about teachers losing jobs inaccurate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Monday he had made inaccurate comments about teachers losing their jobs due to mandatory budget cuts and that he had been trying to point out the dire effects spending reductions would have on schools. Full story

Education chief says rule waivers free up funds for states

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - By waiving certain requirements in the education law known as No Child Left Behind, the U.S. government has been able to send some states an additional $2.8 billion in total for schools, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said at a Senate hearing on Thursday. Full story

High school graduation rate hits 78.2 percent, highest since 1974

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Graduation rates at high schools have improved to their highest level in nearly 40 years, driven by a surge in the percentage of Hispanic students earning diplomas, a government study released on Tuesday showed. Full story

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  Monday Night Football sparks some political comparisons

After Paul Ryan connected the bad refs in Monday's Packers/Seahawks game to President Barack Obama, the NOW w/ Alex panel looks into the parallels between the NFL's bad referee problem and the problems at play in our nation now.

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