KIMBERLY HEFLING

Success varies by state in improving graduate rates

WASHINGTON - The record high American graduation rate masks large gaps among low income students and those with disabilities compared to their peers. There are also wide disparities among states in how well they are tackling the issue. Read more

Watchdog: Indian schools appear to violate rules

WASHINGTON - Federal officials appear to have violated ethics rules governing impartiality in awarding a contract to evaluate schools attended by tens of thousands of Native American students, a federal watchdog says. Read more

GED test overhauled; some states opt for new exam offerings

WASHINGTON - The GED test, for decades the brand name for the high school equivalency exam, is about to undergo some changes. Read more

Political, legal fights over school vouchers' fate

WASHINGTON - Students like Delano Coffy are at the heart of brewing political fights and court battles over whether public dollars should go to school vouchers to help make private schools more affordable. Read more

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