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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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Kaya Henderson Was Informed Of DCPS Cheating Allegations, Report Says

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson was notified of cheating allegations at a District school, according to a report.

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Could Northwestern Football Union Even Out College Priorities?

Labor leaders say most of the players on Northwestern University's football team want to form a union. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Wildcats' quarterback Kain Colter, and National College Players Association President Ramogi Huma about the effort.
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High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy

Elite athletes start their sports young and sometimes sacrifice academics; some even drop out of high school. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association says it wants to prevent that by opening its own high school. But no mistake: Academics there aren't as important as winning.
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Reading Scores In D.C., Maryland, Virginia Show Widening Income Gap

Reading scores for third graders are improving across the D.C. region, but the gap between low income and high income students is only becoming more pronounced.

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Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core

Tea Party conservatives and some liberals agree on key criticisms as the new education standards roll out in 45 states: that they're a one-size-fits-all approach, create a de facto national curriculum, put too much emphasis on standardized tests and undermine teacher autonomy.
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Obama Expected To Propose Expanding Preschool Programs

President Obama is expected to propose an expansion of preschool programs in his State of the Union Address. Most states have bought into the idea and restored funding for the programs. What's less clear is where the long-term funding is going to come from, and whether the quality of these programs are worth the investment.
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Despite Gains On Tests, Achievement Gap In Region Grew Over Last Decade

The gap between reading proficiency rates among low-income and higher-income fourth-graders in the region rose by more than 30 percent over the last decade.
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Head Of D.C. Public Schools Wants To Know Whether All The Testing Is Worth It

Chancellor Kaya Henderson has asked a task force to look into how much D.C. public schools students get tested — and if all that preparing for the tests is a good use of their time.

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