How Does Deployment Impact Soldiers' Kids?

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More than four years ago, Melissa Block talked with high school guidance counselor Barbara Critchfield about the effects of long and repeated deployments on soldiers' children. Critchfield worked at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, the town surrounding Fort Hood. As the Afghan War hits the 10-year mark, Melissa checks back in with Critchfield, who now works at one of Killeen's middle schools.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

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