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Big Bucks Compromising Athletes' Education?

The president of the NCAA is meeting with the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Monday. Commission Co-Chair Brit Kirwan tells Michel Martin that efforts to commercialize college sports have generated enormous revenues, and that is endangering the integrity of higher education. He adds that a large portion of that money is going into coaches' salaries.

Senate Kills Pared-Back $35 Billion Jobs Bill

President Obama first called on Congress to pass his whole jobs bill. When that failed, he started calling on lawmakers to pass it piece by piece. The measure rejected by the Senate Thursday night was aimed at helping state and local governments avoid laying off teachers and firefighters.

School Debt A Long-Term Burden For Many Graduates

As the nation's student-loan debt climbs toward $1 trillion, many students face 20-year repayment plans. The average debt is $24,000, but some owe far more and say this burden influences life decisions, from buying a house to whether to have children.

University Of Georgia Students Open Food Pantry

The unemployment rate remains high across the nation and above 10 percent in much of the South. New census data shows young people, those between 18 and 24 years old, are facing some of the highest rates of poverty. Some students at the University of Georgia are reaching out to this group by opening a food pantry on campus. It may sound unusual, but pantries have been popping up on campuses across the country since the recession began.

Medal Recipient Champions Diversity In Mathematics

Rice University mathematician and researcher Richard Tapia is among seven recipients of the nation's highest honor in science, the National Medal of Science. Tapia, the son of Mexican immigrants, has been a longtime champion of diversity in education. He speaks with NPR's Michel Martin about winning the award, and his family.
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DCPS Students Work On Water Conservation

Students at D.C. schools are heading into some pretty unexpected places, including the schools' bathrooms, for their new water conservation curriculum.


Tennessee Teachers Find It Hard To Make The Grade

Tennessee overhauled its teacher evaluation system last year to win a grant from the federal Race to the Top program, and now teachers say they are struggling to shine. But the state says that there's no way educators are performing at the top of their game when students are not.