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Balcony Collapse Kills 6 Irish Students In Berkeley, Calif.

"It is with great sadness that I confirm that a number of young Irish citizens have lost their lives," says Ireland's foreign minister.
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Hot Jazz, Cool Teacher: How One New Orleans Man Fosters Greatness

For struggling students, music can often be what keeps them going. The same is true for this New Orleans band director.
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A Visit From Kendrick Lamar — Best Day Of School Ever?

A New Jersey high school teacher used the rapper's latest album to teach a unit on Toni Morrison's novel, The Bluest Eye. Lamar found out about it, and decided to stop in for a visit.
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From 'Dropout Crisis' To Record High, Dissecting The Graduation Rate

A lot of time, effort and money over the past decade have gone into producing a great statistic, but not without unintended consequences.
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Graduation Rates: Chicago Says It Will Keep Better Track of At-Risk Students

Chicago Public Schools have been mislabeling dropouts, getting them off the books and out of the graduation rate. CPS now says it will stop the practice.
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Beating The Odds: Student Flees Cameroon With Family, Starts Anew In D.C.

Georges Ngayap, 19, is a high school senior who came to this country as an asylum seeker just two years ago, and his tale of perseverance will inspire you.

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What's A Thamakau? Spelling Bee Is More About Entertainment Than English

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's fitting that the Scripps National Spelling Bee is broadcast by ESPN. (And, by the way, a thamakau is a kind of canoe used in Fiji.)
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The Long, Hot Summer Ahead For D.C.'s Homeless Children

Summer is a milestone eagerly anticipated by many children. Not necessarily so for the children at D.C.'s Ketcham Elementary, many of whom are homeless and often struggle just to eat.

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Freedom With Fries? Texas Official Wants Deep Fryers Back In Schools

The agricultural commissioner wants to roll back a decade-old ban on soda machines and deep fryers in schools. He says it's not about giving kids a treat but about giving school districts the choice.
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Raising Graduation Rates With Questionable Quick Fixes

The nation's high school graduation rate is at a record-high 81 percent. Why? Because states are doing good things ... or using some sleight of hand.

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