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Obama Secures Funding To Help Connect Students To Internet

Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint pledged $750 million in equipment and services. Obama said this is part of an initiative that seeks to connect almost all American students to high speed Internet within five years.
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Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen?

In the 1970s, two-year and four-year colleges started replacing full-time faculty with part-time instructors. Since then, disputes over pay, benefits and working conditions for these adjunct instructors have ballooned into big problems on many campuses.
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DCPS Looking For Applicants To Join 'Parent Cabinet'

In an effort to include the perspective of parents and families into policy decisions, D.C. Public Schools are looking for applicants to join a new 16-member "Parent Cabinet."

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'American Promise' Probes Race Issue In NYC Private School

The PBS documentary "American Promise" traces the progress of two African-American students through one of New York City's most elite private schools. Viewers ponder whether the tradeoff of a superior education was worth the psychological and cultural trauma each boy experienced at times.
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Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution

The state Board of Education has decided to curtail the use of citizen review panels and instead give educators priority in selecting textbooks.
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The High Cost Of Testing For College

You think college is expensive? How about the cost of SAT and AP tests? Ben Tonelli, a senior at Garfield High School in Seattle, wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal complaining about the costs. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tonelli about the sticker shock.
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School's Out For Online Students In 'State Sponsors Of Terrorism'

Students in Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria — countries under U.S. trade and economic sanctions — were blocked from accessing material on Coursera this week. The company, one of the largest providers of massive open online courses, says it's working with the U.S. government on a resolution.
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Budget Amendment Would Allow Virginia Schools To Go Year-Round

It might be a terrifying concept for kids, but some Virginia legislators and education advocates say that schools should be given the option to stay open year-round.
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With New Lottery, D.C. Helps Parents Navigate School Choices

Choosing a school in D.C. in the past involved multiple applications and different deadlines, but a new common lottery is bringing some simplicity to the school-shopping process.
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Utah School Draws Ire For Taking Kids' Lunches; Debt Cited

Anger and frustration followed an incident Tuesday, in which up to 40 students had their lunches taken away from them at the cashier's station in an elementary school cafeteria. The food was thrown away; the students were told their accounts had no credit on them.

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