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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Why Kids Drop Out: Identifying The Early Warning Signs

Students drop out of school for a complex combination of reasons, making it difficult for teachers to identify any one cause. What educators have been able to narrow down are the most frequent early indicators that a student might someday drop out of school, and they apply these daily to try to combat the dropout crisis.   

Thursday, February 2, 2012

People's Prayer Breakfast Speaks To Social Justice

The National Prayer Breakfast is a D.C. institution, catering to the country's elite. A People's Prayer Breakfast was also held this morning -- a more humble gathering united behind the message of social justice.

PHOTOS: Why Students Drop Out

Teachers at schools like Turner at Green Elementary in Southeast D.C. try to instill in young students that they can grow up to achieve their goals. However, the reality is many public school students in D.C. will not graduate. Educators and researchers are now working to identify the early warning signs that a student may eventually drop out, and address those issues at an early age.  

Student Sexually Assaulted At SE Elementary School

Ketcham Elementary School in Southeast D.C. is on alert after a student reported being sexually assaulted by a man on Wednesday.

Law Limiting Gun Purchases In Virginia Passes Senate

A decades old legislation to repeal a law that limits handgun purchases in Virginia has advanced in both the House and the Senate.

Federal Worker Pay Freeze Passes House

The U.S. House passed a bill Wednesday that would freeze federal workers' pay for the next year. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Door To Door: Marbury Plaza, D.C. And West End, Md.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Marbury Plaza in D.C. and the West End neighborhood of Rockville, Md.

Making Art From The Things We Fear

Artists confront the things they fear most in the Torpedo Factory Art Center's latest exhibit, "Fears and Phobias."

District Artists Fear Loss Of Homes, Livelihood

Artists at 52 O Street are fearing some major changes, as the landlord considers transforming part of the building in to a hostel.

Washingtonians Confront Claustrophobia By Caving

A woman with an intense fear of confined spaces has found a creative, subterranean way to ease her anxieties.

DCPS Tries To Get A Handle On Who's Graduating, And Who's Not

The District's graduation rate is expected to drop significantly as the federal government changes the way it tracks who stays in school, and who doesn't.

On The Coast: A City Grapples With The Fears And Reality Of Crime

Officials in Salisbury, Md. are stepping up the battle against gangs and calling on the public for help.

Face Your Fears February: A Washingtonian Slays Her Fears, One By One

One D.C. resident created Face Your Fears February, a month-long effort to identify and slay the things -- rock climbing, dancing in public, photography -- that scared her the most.

A Family Guards An Open Secret

Open Secret filmmaker Steve Lickteig talks with Rebecca Sheir about his discovery that his oldest sister was actually his biological mother - a secret his family had kept from him for 18 years.

This Week On Metro Connection: Fears

From the things that go bump in the night to the anxieties that exist mostly in our minds, we consider "Fears" large and small on this week's Metro Connection.

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