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As of Friday, homework can account for no more than 10 percent of a student's grade in the Los Angeles Unified School District--a change that drew national media attention. "The phones have been ringing off the hook," district spokeswoman Judy Elliott said.

She sounded surprised, but many parents won't be. Homework is a hot-button topic, and though the new policy doesn't limit how much can be assigned, some students and parents hope that the change will reduce what...

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