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Maryland Students Suspended For Trying To Organize Walkout

Students at Northwestern High School in Prince George's County organized a walkout to protest what they say are unsanitary conditions, but the school's principal squashed the effort before it started.


Black Students More Likely To Be Disciplined

A Department of Education study found from 2009 to 2010, black students were 3 1/2 times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white ones. Though the reasons are unclear, many argue harsher punishments push many black and Latino students out of schools and into the criminal justice system.

Indiana School Teaches Test Prep As Literary Genre

Teachers often prepare their students in advance of standardized testing by getting them ready for what is expected to be on the exam. One school in Indiana has a course helping students learn how to take the test.
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Fairfax Considers Additional Cuts To Libraries

Libraries across Fairfax County have had to slash hours and programs to get by over the past five years, and despite increased demand, more cuts may be on the way.


Questions Grow Over Race Discipline Report

The Department of Education's top civil rights official, Russlynn Ali, speaks with host Michel Martin about a new report. It finds students of color have less access to high-level classes, their teachers are often paid less than those of white students in same district, and suspension rates for black students are disproportionately high.
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Virginia Bill To End Continuing Contracts For Teachers Dies

Virginia public school teachers can rest easy this year, as the bill the would make it easier for them to get fired has died.

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Board Game Teaches African Heritage

A Laurel, Md. woman talks about The Africa Memory Game, a board game she created to teach her children about their Cameroonian roots.

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A Baltimore School Battles To Keep Kids in School

In the latest in our American Graduate series, we visit a Baltimore school that's defying the odds and keeping kids in school.

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PHOTOS: Diplomas Now At Browne Education Campus

Middle school students at Browne Education Campus work daily with mentors through the Diplomas Now program. Diplomas Now aims to provide a "second shift" of adults that helps to keep kids on track to graduate.