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Computers Grade Essays Fast ... But Not Always Well

Some schools, looking to cut costs, are intrigued by so-called robo-readers, computer programs that grade students' writing and offer feedback. Some teachers find the programs helpful in the classroom, but skeptics say they're not always the best judge of writing ability.
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American Graduate: A Teacher Town Hall on Dropouts

How can we prevent students giving up on high school? Passionate teachers from across the region share stories and offer solutions for changing lives by helping students stay in school.

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High Schools Grads 'Scarred' By High Unemployment

A new report by Rutgers University shows only 27 percent of recent high school graduates who are not enrolled in college have full-time jobs. Many young people with only high school diplomas say their hopes for the future have been dashed by the high cost of college.
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Wisdom From One Of World's Most Influential People

Freeman Hrabowski was named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World," earlier this year. He heads the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and helped transform the school into one of the country's top institutions in graduating students of color in science, math and engineering. He talks with host Michel Martin.
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Grad Who Beat The Odds Asks, Why Not The Others?

Growing up in the South Bronx, Juan Carlos Reyes' dream was to be a doorman in Manhattan. A college degree has helped him achieve much more, but Reyes is convinced his success is an aberration — and that few of his peers will ever achieve the American dream.
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Colleges Agree To More Transparency In School Costs

The Obama Administration announced Tuesday it has reached an agreement with more than 100 colleges and universities on a new, more transparent form for laying out student financial aid packages. Students and parents have complained for years that colleges provided opaque and confusing information about how much students will actually pay for college and how much they will owe after they graduate.

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