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Big Education Grants Threatened By Teacher Spats

Teachers and school districts say they agree better teacher evaluations are needed, but they can't agree on the details. Disputes in Hawaii and New York could lead to revocation of lucrative federal grants and also force the Department of Education to take aggressive action.
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Report: School Suspensions Show Racial Disparities

An analysis of suspensions in the D.C. region show that black students are two to five times as likely to be suspended in schools than white students.


With A Job, Life Improves For 9th Grade Dropout

Nearly three decades ago, Kenny Buchanan decided to drop out of school. Over the last 26 years, he's jumped from job to job and unemployment. He now has a full-time job and for the first time in years, he and his family have health insurance and can enjoy a few luxuries.

The Touchy-Feely Future Of Technology

With the gift-giving season winding down, All Things Considered takes some time to look at a technology that likely played a part in many of this year's offerings — touch screens. From its early innovators to its most recent, groundbreaking applications, the one thing that's for sure is there's still plenty of change on the way.
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'Please Call Stella': The Speech Accent Archive (Originally Broadcast 6/24/2011)

George Mason University is home to an ambitious project to record accents from all over the world.
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Inside The Barber Shop (Originally Broadcast 9/2/2011)

A new barbering school known as "54th and Cutz" is working with young men in some of Northeast D.C.'s most troubled neighborhoods.

To Make Algebra Fun, Rethink The Problem

For most people, the word "algebra" conjures classroom memories of Xs and Ys. Weekend Edition's math guy, Keith Devlin, says that's because most schools do a terrible job of teaching it. He talks with host Scott Simon about what algebra really is. Plus, Devlin explains how algebra took off in Baghdad, the Silicon Valley of the ninth century.

High Rates Of Pepper Spraying In Ala. School District

Pepper spraying has been in the news recently with images of police dousing Occupy protestors. But one school district in Birmingham, Ala., apparently leads the nation with police pepper spraying students.