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An estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation's No Child Left Behind Act this year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.
The Department of Education estimates the number of schools not meeting targets will skyrocket from 37 to 82 percent in 2011 because states are toughening their standards to meet the requirements of the law. The schools will face sanctions ranging from offering tutoring to closing their doors.
In a speech in Kirklees, west Yorkshire, he also vowed to fire exam markers who awarded pupils points for writing only "f*ck off" on their papers. "As prime minister, I'd have two words for people like that and, yes, one of them does begin with an 'f': you're fired."
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