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NYU Changes Its Policy On Reviewing Applicants' Criminal Background

NYU has announced that when looking at applications, it will initially overlook the criminal record of prospective students.
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Lovely Illustrations From The Story Of A Black Boy Who Dreams Of Going To Mars

The authors — who are black and queer — didn't see a lot of kids like them in children's books growing up. They wanted to help change that.
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Prince George's County Turns To Property Tax Hike To Pump Up Flagging Schools

A property tax hike of 15 cents on every $100 of assessed value is on the table for the Prince George's County Council — an increase the county executive says is necessary to boost schools.

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Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

Every year, a history teacher in Columbus, Miss., takes high schoolers to the local cemetery. There, they tell the stories of those who are buried, and learn more about their own place in the world.
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Virginia Tops Country For Student Referrals To Law Enforcement

Virginia public schools refer students to law enforcement agencies or the courts at a higher rate than any other state, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity.
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Colleges To Students: Don't Trash Those Dorm Castoffs! Donate!

As college students leave for the summer, many just throw away what they can't fit in the car for the ride home. But some schools are trying to find a new home for those campus castoffs.
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'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

The Nobel Prize winner who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, died with his wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.
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Behind The Curtain Of College Admissions, Fairness May Not Be Priority No. 1

A discrimination complaint against Harvard has renewed focus on the fairness of admissions decisions. The process must be rational, says counselor and blogger Jim Jump, but it's not often fair.
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Photos Capture The Joy On Playgrounds Around The World

From the U.K. to Kenya to the West Bank, photographer James Mollison exposes not only inequalities among rich and poor countries, but also the intimate moments that unfold during recess.
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Take It Outside: Teaching Sex Ed On The Streets Of New York

Sex education often occurs in one of two places: at home or at school. Francisco Ramirez is bringing the subject out into the open.

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