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Third Grade A Pivotal Time In Students' Lives

In a growing number of states a single reading test determines which third-grade students advance to fourth grade. Proponents of the rule say that kids learn to read until third grade, and then read to learn. But critics argue that holding students back does more harm than good in the long run.
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Budget Woes Could Close Philly's Problem Schools

Philadelphia's school district plans to close a quarter of its school buildings in coming years to eliminate a huge budget hole. But parents and activists don't trust the decision-makers. Many of them suspect the plan is a ruse to force charter schools and privatization on the district.
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Kaya Henderson Persists On Education Reform

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says education reform continues to be a top priority in the District, despite the city's ongoing corruption investigations.

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D.C. Officials Reconsider Charter School Admissions

D.C. education officials are re-evaluating whether neighborhood residents should be given preference in public charter school admissions.

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Bi-Partisan Group Prepares Virginia Students For Work

A bi-partisan group is working to improve educational services to students in Virginia.

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In L.A. Pregnancy 'Hot Spot,' An On-Campus Clinic

Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles has the only Planned Parenthood-funded family planning clinic in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The program has its opponents, but the school's chief nurse says "90 percent of the time, abstinence just isn't working for them."
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Civics Lessons

Many kids in disadvantaged neighborhoods feel the system isn’t just broken –it’s rigged, and not in their favor. One professor says this “empowerment gap” is just as profound --and important to address--- as the “achievement gap.”

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