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    Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a ceremony celebrating the topping out of the steel frame of the new modern Ballou High School in Ward 8 which is set to finish phase 1 of construction by December 2014, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Topping out of the building’s steel frame signifies that the structural components of the building are complete and marks the fact that the construction team is now less than six months away from substantial completion of Phase 1 of the modernization project. The new Ballou Senior High School will feature a new design that will make it one of the finest academic facilities in the United States. The design for the new Ballou features “green†energy-efficient systems as well as high-tech, multi-media data projectors; classroom sound-enhancement systems; and flexible, student-focused learning environments with advanced computer and science labs. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a meeting on jobs and education at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


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    Pakistani students rally against the Israeli military operations in Gaza in Lahore, Pakistan. An online petition in the U.S. to cut off funds to Israel recently surpassed 100,000 signatures. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)


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    Pakistani students rally against the Israeli military operations in Gaza in Lahore, Pakistan. An online petition in the U.S. to cut off funds to Israel recently surpassed 100,000 signatures. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)


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    Associated Press The American Medical Association has advised college campuses since 2006 to warn women about the hazards of spring break after surveying 644 young women to find that three-fourths of them "use drinking as an excuse for outrageous behavior."


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    First lady Michelle Obama holds hands with Jania Nelson, left, as she's escorted by Annie Willis and Alaya Shearman, right, during her visit with members of Global Kids, at Baruch College, in New York, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Global Kids works to develop youth leaders through global education and leadership development programs. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


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    Courtney Spruill, a middle school teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, has been suspended for 15 days after she was accused of receiving a lap dance from a student and twerking in front of others at a school-sponsored soccer team party. (WPTV)


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    Courtney Spruill, a middle school teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, has been suspended for 15 days after she was accused of receiving a lap dance from a student and twerking in front of others at a school-sponsored soccer team party. (WPTV)


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    ** FILE ** U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits a classroom at Brick Church College Prep in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Duncan also spoke to an association of education writers and to teachers at Vanderbilt University. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)


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