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D.C. Tennis Tournament Showcases More Than Superstars

D.C.'s premiere tennis tournament, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, wrapped up over the weekend and the tournament's goals reach beyond a showcase of world class tennis talent.

WAMU 88.5

Milton Whitley: Facing His Fear Of Learning To Read

Milton Whitley dropped out of school at age 14 and was not able to read or write for the first 52 years of his life. He ended up homeless -- without any real hope of learning to read -- until he met a tutor in a Montgomery County public library. His education re-started in 2005, when he visited a dental clinic.

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Ballou High School To Be Completely Rebuilt Rather Than Renovated

D.C.'s Mayor Vincent Gray has decided to rebuild Ballou Senior High School even though it's expected to cost several million dollars more than the approximately $60 million it would cost to renovate.

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Several D.C. Public Schools To Reopen As Part of School Modernization Plan

Several of the District's public school buildings will reopen this academic year either partially or fully renovated.

NPR

'Gifted' Treatment For Underachieving Students

As students are returning to school, the achievement gap is taking front-and-center in education debates. Researcher Yvette Jackson is proposing that school officials offer "gifted and talented" programs to underachieving students. She says these programs build on students' strengths and give them more power in deciding what they learn. Jackson is the former executive director of instruction and professional development for New York City public schools, and now heads The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. She speaks with host Michel Martin.
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Famous College Ranking Lists Failing America?

Washington Monthly released its annual college rankings this week, and black and women's colleges are ranked next to Ivy Leagues. That's because on this list, colleges score more points for promoting volunteer work and admitting more students with Pell Grants. Host Michel Martin speaks with Washington Monthly Editor-in-Chief Paul Glastris about what he believes is wrong with how popular ranking lists work now, and what students and parents should look for in a college or university.
NPR

Former GM Exec Hopes To Kick-Start Detroit Schools

The school system is looking for an answer to its low achievement, huge debt and declining enrollment with new leadership and ideas. But teachers say they've been left out of the equation.
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Think You're An Auditory Or Visual Learner? Scientists Say It's Unlikely

Researchers say there's no evidence to support the widely held belief that there are distinct visual, auditory and kinetic learning styles. Though an industry has sprung up around the idea, psychologists recommend other approaches to help kids retain information.

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