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Planned Takeover Of Virginia Schools In Holding Pattern

Six failing schools in Virginia, including one in Alexandria, are set to be taken over by the state later this year, but initial assessments of these schools have been met with roadblocks.


New Orleans Closes Its Last Traditional Schools

Last week, the New Orleans school district became the first all-charter district in the country. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sarah Carr, a reporter who's been following the city's changing schools.

Is The Deck Stacked Against Black Boys In America?

A new White House report exploring the intersection of race, poverty and justice suggests the answer is still a resounding yes.

Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words

For the first time since 1962, there are co-champions at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Teens Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar tied when the pair exhausted the official list of words.

New Orleans District Moves To An All-Charter System

Charter schools have lifted test scores and graduation rates in New Orleans, but racial disparities remain a problem as charters are given responsibility for nearly all the city's children.

In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy

Despite the sport's Native American roots, a Native had never won the Tewaaraton Award, college lacrosse's highest honor — until Thursday. Miles and Lyle Thompson became its first co-winners.

National Spelling Bee: Rare Co-Champions, And A Star Online

For the first time in 52 years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowns two winners, after the final two competitors exhausted the word list. Another speller won fans with his high energy.

ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time'

At high poverty schools, "students rarely experience a normal school day, let alone semester or year."
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Increasing Number Of Homeless Students Puts Pressure On D.C. Public Schools

Nearly 30 percent of the students who attend Ketcham Elementary School in Southeast D.C. are homeless, and many stay at D.C. General.

The Future Of Online Ed Isn't Heading Where You Expect

A workforce-based initiative on a twin island nation shows the true potential of free online education.