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All-Nighters Pay Off For Janitor, Ivy League Grad

Gac Filipaj graduated this week with honors from Columbia University. The 52-year-old Albanian-refugee not only fled civil war to come to the U.S., but worked as a janitor at Columbia for nearly 20 years while taking English classes and earning his bachelor's degree. Host Michel Martin speaks with Filipaj about finally achieving his goal.

A Year Later, Joplin Continues To Bounce Back

A year after a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, President Obama is set to go back and deliver Joplin High School's commencement speech. Host Michel Martin speaks with Joplin High Principal Kerry Sachetta for an update on how the school and the town are recovering.
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'Third Culture' Kids Straddle International, American Identities

We visit a D.C. school whose 920 students hail from more than 60 countries.


Fla. Students Crash After State Raises Bar On Test

The Florida Board of Education has voted to temporarily lower the passing grade for its state writing test after a dramatic drop in scores on this year's exam. The state had made the test more difficult and raised the passing grade in an attempt to upgrade standards. But education officials were stunned when preliminary results showed the passing rate for 4th graders this year had plummeted from 80 percent to less than 30 percent.