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CENTRAL FALLS | A Rhode Island school district that fired all the teachers at an underperforming high school has been awarded $1.3 million to continue its reform process.

The money comes from a $4 billion U.S. Department of Education fund aimed at helping transform 5,000 low-performing schools around the country.

Central Falls High School made national headlines last year when it fired its teaching staff. President Obama appeared to endorse the firings, saying drastic action may be warranted when schools show no signs of improvement.

The teachers later struck a deal to get their jobs back. But the current school year has gotten off to a rocky start, with teachers calling in sick or quitting.

The money for the Central Falls School District will be used to buy new computers, pay professional staff and develop a performance management system.


Proposal to keep state in charge of liquor sales

RICHMOND | Gov. Robert F. McDonnell wants Virginia out of the business of retail liquor sales, but his revised plan would keep the state in charge of wholesaling, legislators told the Associated Press.

The governor is expected to announce his reworked privatization plan later this week as he discloses his agenda for the 2011 General Assembly that convenes Wednesday.

Mr. McDonnell proposed last year to end Virginia’s 77-year-old government monopoly on liquor sales. The proposal collapsed after the administration’s own estimates showed it would cut about $50 million a year from the state budget.

House and Senate leaders from both parties told the AP that Mr. McDonnell still wants Virginia’s 332 state-owned Alcoholic Beverage Control stores sold.

From wire dispatches and staff reports