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April 29, 2014

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits Historic High

The U.S. high school graduation rate has reached 80 percent as states have made steady progress over the past 10 years. But those gains have been uneven and more needs to be done, education leaders and analysts say.


Today's Headlines from Around the Nation

Religious Leaders Unite in New Fight Against Gay Marriage Bans
Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Won't Be Reconsidered
Detroit Strikes Tentative 5-Year Deal with 14 Unions in Bankruptcy Case
Health & Human Services
E-Cigarette Bans Take Effect in New York City, Chicago
Why States Are Fighting the FDA on Painkiller Approval
Obamacare Sign-Ups Surge in California Ahead of Deadline
Management & Labor
Supreme Court Weighing Whether Public Employees Can Reveal Corruption
State Governments Increasingly Making Use of Online Authentication Tools
Public Safety & Justice
Miami Works to Create a Cuban Exile Museum
Indiana Approves New K-12 Standards to Replace Common Core
Why Hasn't Texas' Law to Reduce Standardized Testing Worked?
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