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Hrabowski Works To Narrow The Achievement Gap

When Freeman Hrabowski became president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1992, he made it his mission to close the achievement gap. UMBC now sends more African-African students to graduate school in science and technology than any other predominantly white university in the U.S.

Lawyer Says Sandusky Hasn't Discussed A Plea

Melissa Block talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the latest from the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.

HIV-Positive Gay Latino Spreads Safe Sex Education

The global HIV infection rate dropped about 21 percent from 1997 to 2010, says the U.N. But only 28 percent of carriers in the U.S. are getting effective treatment, according to the CDC. Host Michel Martin speaks with Jose Ramirez, a gay Latino who lives with HIV and works with a non-profit health center. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

In Texas, Keeping Kids In School And Out Of Court

Instead of being sent to the principal's office for things like truancy or dress code violations, young people in Texas are "ticketed" by school police and sent to court with misdemeanor charges. Some schools are changing their disciplinary policies to keep students from dropping out.
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Virginia Legislator Tackles Kings Dominion Law

Summer may soon end earlier for Virginia students if the so-called Kings Dominion Law is circumvented, giving school districts the discretion to open before Labor Day.

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Local Lawmakers Tell Teens: 'It Gets Better'

Maryland lawmakers are lending their voices to the 'It Gets Better' Project, which seeks to encourage LGBT teenagers who are the victims of bullying.