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Saving Kansas City Schools Means Rescuing A City

The entire public school system has flunked; the Missouri Board of Education revoked its accreditation on Jan. 1. Decades of mismanagement and declining enrollment have broad consequences. The mayor says there is nothing he's supposed to do "that isn't some way affected by or built on education."

Court Takes Another Look At Affirmative Action

A new case taking on affirmative action in higher education is set to be heard in the Supreme Court this fall. In 2003, the court ruled that universities could consider racial diversity in admissions. But today the make-up of the court is very different. Host Michel Martin discusses the case with two law school deans.
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Arlington School Superintendent Proposes 4 Percent Increase

The good news: Arlington County can afford a modest increase in the school's budget thanks to increased property values. The bad news: an influx of students likely means larger class sizes.


Are Graduate Degrees Worth The Cost?

Many workers are considering whether a masters or doctorate degree will provide a competitive edge. Host Michel Martin explores the costs and benefits of getting one. She talks with Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. He was recently profiled in The Washington Post Magazine.
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American Graduate: How The U.S. Stacks Up To Other Nations

We find out why the U.S. consistently lags behind other developed countries when it comes to the percentage of students graduating from high school.

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Virginia Scholar Opens Magna Carta To Study

Despite serving as the foundation of the Anglo-Saxan political and legal tradition, the Magna Carta remains a mystery to many -- something one Virginia scholar hopes to change.


What's Behind The Rise Of College Tuition?

Once a relatively affordable option for many families, the cost of attending public colleges and universities is getting out of reach. Host Rachel Martin talks to NPR education reporter Claudio Sanchez about the huge rise in public college tuition as states face a budget squeeze.