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The person who gave me this info is someone I think of as very well-informed and has a high position in the German military, but not in education. So I've tried a little research online to clarify this, and I found this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_education#Germany
which was recently updated and seems to suggest that there will be only up to 12th grade Germany-wide.  Then I found this link, but it's just a blog entry by a student in a particular area, claiming that 13th grade is being eliminated, so that doesn't actually clarify, either: http://rileyjquinlan.blogspot.com/  (entry under Nov. 25, 2010).
OH - But then there's THIS link that says "most" states in Germany are shortening the gymnasium period. Sorry I haven't yet determined which states those are.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_grade#Germany

Karen in Bischofswiesen

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon Jan 31st, 2011 at 05:19:12 AM EST
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