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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.

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Scaling Up Solutions To The Dropout Problem

Many programs to help lower dropout rates have proven effective on their first go-around; the problem, according researchers, is expanding those programs to a multitude of schools. With Diplomas Now, a team of educators, volunteers, and social workers are hoping to scale up one of these concepts, and three D.C. public schools are some of the test cases.

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Prince George's County Students Celebrate Breakfast

The school breakfast program in Prince George's County serves 44,000 students, and over half of those students are from economically disadvantaged families.

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Montgomery County Approves Traffic Cameras On School Buses

School buses in Montgomery County will soon be equipped with traffic cameras to capture drivers who pass illegally, after the County Council voted in favor on Tuesday.

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Schools Get Tough With Third-Graders: Read Or Flunk

There's little dispute among educators that kids aren't reading as well as they should be. Now, a growing number of states are taking a hard-line approach, requiring that third-graders who can't read at grade level be automatically held back. But some worry that will do more harm than good.
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NHL Teams Up With Black Colleges

The National Hockey League wants to broaden its reach, particularly to African American students. So the NHL is joining forces with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to offer scholarships to students in hockey programs to attend public historic black colleges and universities. Host Michel Martin talks with Johnny C. Taylor Jr., head of the fund.
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Virginia Tech Wrongful Death Lawsuit Goes To Court

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by parents of two victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting goes to trial in Virginia today.

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Tornado Destroys Only School In Henryville, Ind.

When tornadoes slammed through the South and Midwest last week, among the hardest hit areas was southern Indiana. The small town of Henryville was devastated, and its only school was destroyed. Students aren't sure when — or where — they'll be returning to school.
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Students Return To Class In Storm-Ravaged Piner, Ky.

The small town of Piner, Kentucky, was one of many areas struck by tornadoes last week. The residents of the Kenton County town are trying to get their lives back on track, and that includes going back to school. Renee Montagne talks to Dr. Teri Cox-Cruey, superintendent of schools for Kenton County.

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