President Obama will be touting a plan to keep student loans more affordable. The trip is billed as official business, but it has a political flavor. There will be stops in North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa — all of which are expected to be hard-fought battlegrounds in November.
Most Chicago public schools have less-than-six-hour school days — some of the shortest in the country. And many have no recess. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing to lengthen the day to at least seven hours. But critics say some crucial details are missing — especially, how much a longer school day would cost.
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