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Big Bucks Attract High School Grads To Mining

A spike in metal prices and a shortage of miners is opening up new prospects for high school graduates. While many students finalize their college plans, some in Western towns are being recruited to head underground. Although mining pays better than typical entry-level positions, it is still dangerous work.
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Hold On To Your Tuba: Brass Bandits Hit L.A. Schools

This school year, 23 tubas have been stolen from eight different high schools in and around Los Angeles — not something many of these campuses can afford. Police aren't sure where they're going, but one theory links the thefts to the local popularity of tuba-heavy banda music.
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AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: St. Mary's Orphanage School, Bangalore, India

WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza is from Bangalore, India, and she visited St. Mary's Orphanage School while she was there last year as part of her reporting on the dropout crisis.

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Graduation Rates Increase Around The Globe As U.S. Plateaus

The United States used to top the list of countries' high school graduation rates, but that ranking has shifted significantly in recently years. More than 20 countries are now beating the U.S. on graduations, but what does that mean for American competitiveness -- and the U.S. education system -- going forward?

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Norovirus Outbreak Affecting GWU

George Washington University is confirming an outbreak of norovirus among students living on and off campus.

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Defense In Huguely Trial Presents Alternate Cause Of Death

A medical expert with an alternate theory of the crime took the stand for the defense in the George Huguely murder trial in Charlottesville, Va. Wednesday.

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Teacher Pension Sharing Being Fought By Maryland Counties

County leaders from across Maryland are pushing back against a plan they say would devastate their budgets and cause layoffs and service cuts.

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Obama's Manufacturing Push Meets Skepticism From Experts

Obama has proposed using the tax code to create incentives for manufacturers to create jobs in the U.S. rather than abroad. Rick Santorum, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, has also proposed tax-based incentives for manufacturers. But it's worth noting that some economists see risks in politicians and other policymakers making such a big fuss over manufacturing.
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Big Changes Ahead For American Schools?

President Obama's 2013 budget calls for a $5 billion competitive grant to get states to overhaul teacher evaluations and training programs. Also, the president recently gave 10 states waivers from some of the rules of the No Child Left Behind Act. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Claudio Sanchez and Kentucky principal Tim Roy.

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