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Challenges Facing Local Military Families and Veterans

With the Pentagon in Northern Virginia and military bases in D.C. and Maryland as well, the military has a strong presence in our region. But life isn't always easy for military families and veterans here. It can be hard for both veterans and spouses of active service members to find jobs. Struggles with PTSD and physical injuries tax families and caregivers. And going to college as an older student after four or eight years of service is a big adjustment. We'll explore the challenges facing military families and veterans in our area.

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How Standardized Tests Are Scored (Hint: Humans Are Involved)

We know very little about what goes into standardized tests, who really designs them and how they're scored. Take a peek into the nation's largest test-scoring facility.
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Congress Considers Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind Standards

Congress is considering a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind education standards that could have sweeping effects on schools. But there's a fight over testing, state control and Common Core.
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Campuses Consider Following New York's Lead On 'Yes Means Yes' Policy

This week, New York became the second state to enact an affirmative consent law, meant to combat campus sexual assault. The law requires all colleges and universities to have a policy that "only 'yes' means 'yes' " - stricter than the old-time "'no' means 'no.' "
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Texas Textbooks And Teaching The Civil War And America's History Of Racial Segregation

This fall five million public school students in Texas will use textbooks that critics say misrepresent the Civil War and the nation's history of racial segregation. The battle over how the Civil War is taught in public schools.

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House And Senate Lawmakers Work To Revise No Child Left Behind Law

Passed in 2001, the education law established more standardized testing and education data collection than at any time in U.S. history. Congress is looking to reauthorize it, but roadblocks remain.
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How One Israeli Educator Turned His School Around

At this high school perched on a mountain in Israel, every single senior passed the exams that the principal calls "a ticket ... to better places." Fifteen years ago, only 12 percent passed.
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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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For Americans Seeking Affordable Degrees, German Schools Beckon

More and more Americans are pursuing graduate degrees in Germany, where tuition is often free and many classes are taught in English.
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For This Transgender Third-Grader, Life As A Boy Is Liberating

For Brooklyn elementary student Q Daily, the first full school year as a "he" made all the difference.

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