Cheating in tests rampant, inquiry finds
A state investigation released Tuesday showed rampant, systematic cheating on test scores in Atlanta's public schools, ending two years of skepticism over remarkable improvements touted by school leaders. The results of the investigation showed that the cheating occurred at 44 schools and involved at least 178 teachers and principals, almost half of whom have confessed, Gov. Nathan Deal said. Investigators said cheating in the 48,000-student district dated back to at least 2001.
Pardons given for '63 rights protests
The Birmingham City Council has pardoned six women who were arrested in 1963 for protesting segregation-era laws. The pardons were presented by Mayor William Bell during a City Council meeting Tuesday. The pardons were authorized by an act approved by the Alabama Legislature in 2006. Betty King, Carolyn Louise King, Gwendolyn King, Patricia Rose Wooding, Sandra Wooding and Mariea Wooding were active in civil-rights era protests in Birmingham, and all participated in the historic March on Washington in 1963.
Gay history bill goes to governor
California lawmakers on Tuesday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as those with disabilities in social studies curriculum. Brown, a Democrat, has not said whether he would sign the bill, which passed on a party-line vote. Republicans called it a well-intentioned but ill-conceived bill and raised concerns that it would indoctrinate children to accept homosexuality.
ST. PAUL, Minn.
Shutdown drags on in Minnesota
Talks between Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers Tuesday failed to end the state government shutdown that began Friday over how to close a $5 billion budget gap. Dayton continued to press to raise income taxes on the state's wealthiest residents, a plan Republicans have rejected in favor of spending cuts and delaying some payments. The shutdown has thrown thousands of state employees out of work.