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.
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.
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?
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.
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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