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BP’s strategy after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy: Go deeper. BP is leading an industry-wide push to develop technology that can retrieve oil from formations that are so deep under the sea floor, and under such high pressure and temperature, that conventional equipment would melt or be crushed by the conditions.

Members expressed concern that the curve would force lower grades onto schools with steady numerical scores if other schools improved dramatically. So members added a “hold-harmless” provision, guaranteeing that a school’s letter grade will not drop if its performance score improves or remains steady.

Education Superintendent John White called it a “kinder curve.”

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