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Kansas City's Failed Schools Leave Students Behind

On Jan. 1, the Missouri state school board revoked the Kansas City district's accreditation. Now parents have a difficult choice: struggle to afford parochial or private school, move, or keep their children in a system that's been labeled a failure.
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In Today's Economy, How Far Can A GED Take You?

Each year, roughly 750,000 high school dropouts try to improve their prospects by taking the General Educational Development test, or GED, long considered the equivalent of a high school diploma. But the latest research shows that people with GEDs are no better off than dropouts when it comes to their chances of getting a good job.
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As Ivies Boost Financial Aid, Teams Up Their Game

The men's basketball team at Jeremy Lin's alma mater, Harvard University, is making its mark on the national scene — and benefiting from powerful Ivy League recruiting tools: a stellar academic reputation and a big increase in financial aid.
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Big Bucks Attract High School Grads To Mining

A spike in metal prices and a shortage of miners is opening up new prospects for high school graduates. While many students finalize their college plans, some in Western towns are being recruited to head underground. Although mining pays better than typical entry-level positions, it is still dangerous work.
NPR

Hold On To Your Tuba: Brass Bandits Hit L.A. Schools

This school year, 23 tubas have been stolen from eight different high schools in and around Los Angeles — not something many of these campuses can afford. Police aren't sure where they're going, but one theory links the thefts to the local popularity of tuba-heavy banda music.
WAMU 88.5

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: St. Mary's Orphanage School, Bangalore, India

WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza is from Bangalore, India, and she visited St. Mary's Orphanage School while she was there last year as part of her reporting on the dropout crisis.

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