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APNewsBreak: Rules proposed for school accountability

Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:04am

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, now-Education Secretary John King Jr. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. States would be able to decide how much significance to place on test scores, academic growth, and other measures of performance such as chronic absenteeism, under guidelines the Obama administration is proposing for new school accountability systems in guidelines being released May 26."These regulations give states the opportunity to work with all of their stakeholders, including parents, and educators to protect all students’ right to a high-quality education that prepares them for college and careers, including the most vulnerable students,” said King. “They also give educators room to reclaim for all of their students the joy and promise of a well-rounded educational experience.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Proposed federal guidelines would allow states to decide how to use a mix of test scores, academic growth and other measures like chronic absenteeism to identify failing schools and children who are struggling the most.

10 Things to Know for Today

Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:00am

Union activists guard a traffic circle near the Normandie Bridge outside of Le Havre where a pile of burning tires gas thrown up a big cloud of smoke during a blockade action, Thursday, May 26, 2016. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he is open to “improvements and modifications” in a labor bill that has sparked intensifying strikes and protests, but will not abandon it. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Germany's Merkel says risks to global economy persist despite growth

Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:59am

ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Risks to the global economy remain despite signs of stable growth, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, adding that low commodity prices were a problem for many countries. "The world economy is showing signs of stable growth, but there are risks," Merkel said in Japan where Group of Seven leaders are meeting. Turning her attention to European Union sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, Merkel said it was too early to talk about lifting the punitive measures. (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Caroline Copley)

G7 sees need to send strong message on South, East China Sea disputes

Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:59am

ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed on Thursday they need to send a strong message on the South and East China Sea in which China is locked in territorial disputes with Japan and some Southeast Asian neighbors. "Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe led discussion on the current situation in the South China Sea and East China Sea. Other G7 leaders said it is necessary for G7 to issue a clear signal," Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko told reporters. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Nick Macfie)

As EU vote looms, migration to Britain nears record high

Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:51am

A man carrying a bag adorned with a British Union Jack flag steps into bus departing from Sofia's central bus station to LondonBy Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - Net migration to Britain reached its second highest level on record in 2015, according to the final set of official data to be released before an EU referendum in which the number of new arrivals from Europe has driven much opposition to the bloc. Net migration, the difference between the number of people entering and leaving Britain, hit 333,000 in 2015, the second-highest level for a 12-month period since records began in 1975, the Office for National Statistics said. The numbers were seized upon by those campaigning for Britain to vote to leave the EU in a June 23 referendum, who have blamed the bloc's freedom of movement rules for high levels of immigration.