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Texas Turns Away From Prosecuting Truants

Since the mid-1990s, Texas has treated truancy as a criminal offense. Now, state lawmakers say that was a mistake.
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How Digital Games Can Help Kids Learn

A growing number of schools across the nation are using electronic games to teach students math, science and other subjects. Why some education experts believe digital play in the classroom is making kids smarter.


Examining Race-Based Admissions Bans On Medical Schools

Researchers explored the effects of black and Latino graduation rates from medical school, following a ban on race conscious admissions policies in several states.

School Scrambles To Preserve Newly Discovered Chalkboards From 1917

Behind the walls at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City, construction workers found old chalkboards with drawings and class lessons, written almost a century ago and in remarkable condition.
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Virginia Attorney General Announces Rescue Plan For Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College, a liberal arts institution for women, will stay open for another year thanks to the efforts of prominent alumnae.


One Teacher's Quest To Build Language Skills ... And Self-Confidence

For our 50 Great Teachers series, we profile Thomas Whaley. With his second-graders on Long Island, he's teaching English ... and a lot more.

Kids' Art Show Takes Over Two Billboards In Times Square

Through the weekend, art by 23 public school students will be seen on two large billboards in the heart of New York City.

Why Some Teen Brains May Be Hardwired To Make Risky Choices

Individual differences in the brain's working memory could help explain why some teens are especially impulsive about sex. Having engaged parents helps reduce the risk.

A Vision For Teacher Training At MIT: West Point Meets Bell Labs

Arthur Levine, the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, is launching a $30 million project that he says will shake teacher education to its core.

A Soft Eraser Won't Fix This SAT Mistake

The College Board won't score two of 10 test sections after a printing error on the instructions for the exam given earlier this month.