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Ninety-Eight Percent Of Virginia's Public Schools Are Fully Accredited

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Virginia's Department of Education says 98-percent of the state's public schools are fully accredited.

This is the best Virginia has done since statewide testing in English, math, history and science began in 1999. The commonwealth's superintendent of public instruction says that's an accomplishment many didn't think was possible a decade ago.

Students at all but 41 of the state's nearly 1,900 schools met, or exceeded, objectives on statewide assessments in the four core academic areas.

Rebecca Sheir reports...

NPR

Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.
NPR

Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Fast-food restaurants are often demonized as the epitome of unhealthfulness. But a study suggests sit-down joints may be no better when it comes to sodium, saturated fat and the risk of overeating.
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D.C. Ranks High On 'Health' Of Democracy, Though Campaign Finance Laws Lag

According to a new report, D.C. fares well in providing access to the ballot — but falls behind due to the weakness of its campaign finance laws.
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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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