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How To Have A Successful Gap Year — Tips For Malia Obama And Other High School Grads

Taking a year off before college can be a great idea or a disaster. Follow these tips.

Teachers Shut Down Nearly All Detroit Public Schools In Sick-Out Protest

Nearly all of Detroit's 97 public schools were closed Monday because too many teachers called in sick. Teachers there have known for months that Detroit Public Schools will run out of money after June, unless lawmakers approve hundreds of millions of additional dollars. But anger boiled over when they found out they might be working for free right now.

Malia Obama's 'Gap Year' Highlights Growing Trend In U.S.

President Obama's daughter, Malia, is taking a year off before starting college in the fall. The so-called "gap year" before college has long been a staple — even a right of passage — in many other countries. NPR reports on the growing trend to defer freshman year to pursue other interests.

Detroit Teachers' 'Sickout' Closes More Than 90 Schools

The public school district says it won't be able to pay employees past June under the current funding plan — even for work already done. A longer-term spending bill is stuck in the state Legislature.
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Transgender Virginia Teen At Center Of National Bathrooms Battle

Kojo talks to the lawyer representing a Virginia teen who sued his school over a rule banning him from using the boys' restrooms.


How College Students Are Sleeping ... Or Not

A new study breaks down 1.4 million nights of sleep on college campuses. The results are surprising.

Kansas Supreme Court Says Schools Could Close If System Doesn't Change

Recently the Kansas Supreme Court told lawmakers: Fix our broken school funding system, or public schools could shut down on June 30. Some lawmakers say Kansas already spends too much on education.

Malia Obama Will Attend Harvard, White House Says

She's going to take a gap year and begin at Harvard during fall 2017, according to a statement from the First Lady's office.


Is There A Better Way To Pay For America's Schools?

There are huge gaps in school funding between affluent and property-poor districts. And, with evidence that money matters, especially for disadvantaged kids, something has to change.

Taking On Poverty And Education In School Costs A Lot Of Money

In 1997, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered millions of dollars in additional funding to 31 of the poorest school districts in the state. Camden alone spends about $23,000 per student per year.