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A testing service has stopped offering Spanish-language high school equivalency exams in several states after the exam was stolen and its answers distributed.

The General Educational Development Testing Service halted testing late last month after it learned the answers were being distributed in seven Southwestern states. GED officials in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and the U.S. prisons bureau have temporarily stopped the testing in Spanish, according to a spokesman at the Washington-based American Council on Education, which operates the testing service.

The English version of the exam, special editions for individuals with disabilities, and the Spanish version in other parts of the country and Puerto Rico were not affected. A new exam should be ready in mid-April.

Bishops on School Reform

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops have weighed in on the national debate on education reform, releasing a document that outlines six principles to guide such efforts.

"Principles for Educational Reform in the United States," released last month by the Washington-based National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United States Catholic Conference, highlights the need for students to be the central focus of education, the importance of parental rights and responsibilities, and the moral and spiritual needs of students.

The pamphlet is available by calling the Catholic conference's publishing and promotion service at (800) 235-8722.

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