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Alabama School Strife Strikes Outside Of Class

Alabama is near the bottom of the country's academic rankings. The state has problems with test scores, school improvement ratings and dropouts. But the district in Birmingham has a different kind of issue. The state recently took over the school board because of infighting on the board. The move has triggered cries of racism.
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The Social Media Shuffle: From Kony To Spooning

Remember Joseph Kony? A video about the African warlord dominated social media early last month. But its call to action on Friday night is largely being ignored by many of the same young people who were initially drawn to the cause. Some are focused on new and much less serious things.

KALW teamed up with a group of eight students from Mills College to look into the forces driving kids out of school in Oakland. These student reporters spent months in the schools the result is this documentary.

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D.C. Mayor Calls For Longer School Days, Closing Some Schools

D.C. is rolling out a five-year plan to revamp the city's school system as new calculations show a graduation rate that's just topping 50 percent thoughout the school system.

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Montgomery County Council Disputes Schools' Job Cuts Claims

Budget talks are heating up in Montgomery County, and some council members would like to see more austerity from the school system.

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From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education

Four major universities — Stanford, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan — are joining forces with a startup called Coursera to offer free online classes in more than three-dozen subjects. The professors involved hope this kind of online interaction transforms higher education.
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Critical Thinking Skills: Are Students Prepared for College ?

A star high school student has difficulty at college. He looks around, and sees others doing better, knowing how to think critically. Is his high school to blame for failing him? His parents? The country? Is this an isolated problem, or one with nation-wide application...

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