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An audit has rebuked the state-run Georgia School for the Deaf for failing to adequately prepare its students for future study or work.

Most of the school's graduates cannot pass the state's graduation test and are unprepared for college, vocational schools, or meaningful jobs, according to the state auditor's report. The audit also faulted the school for rundown facilities, disorganized administration, and shoddy recordkeeping.

Werner Rogers, the state superintendent, said last month he had begun an overhaul of the school.

Slaying at Residential School: A 13-year-old boy faces murder charges in the strangulation of a 12-year-old boy at a residential treatment center and school for troubled youths in Pleasantville, N.Y.

The victim's body was found on the grounds of the Pleasantville Cottage School. Police believe the older boy strangled the victim with his hands, a spokesman for the Westchester County district attorney said. No motive is known.

The school is a nonprofit home for about 200 children, ages 8 through 18, who are referred for counseling and treatment by various state child-welfare agencies.

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