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A Case For And Against Proper Spelling

In a piece in Wired Magazine, writer Anne Trubek argues that our fixation on correct spelling is outdated. Trubek thinks we should abandon spelling rules and "let luce." Wired copy editor Lee Simmons fired back arguing that these standards make communication possible.
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In Experimental School, Tight-Knit Community Helps Students Succeed

High school graduation rates are notoriously poor in areas of high poverty. But the Baltimore Talent Development High School has had remarkable results getting students to graduation using a specialized curriculum, and providing each student with an adult who truly cares about their success.

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PHOTOS: Baltimore Talent Development High School

Students at Baltimore Talent Development High School have a greater chance of success than their peers in Baltimore City's traditional public schools, thanks to a new educational model developed at Johns Hopkins University. Here's a look at what makes it work.

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To Get Kids To Class, L.A. Softens Its Hard Line

After several years of a punitive approach to school truancy — complete with police sweeps around campuses and fines — Los Angeles is shifting its focus to the root causes of why kids skip school. Critics say the hard-line policies penalized low-income families and failed to improve attendance.
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Breaking Ground In College Journalism

Two students have become the first black editors-in-chief of their college newspapers in Oregon, which has a black population of less than 2 percent. Host Michel Martin talks with Brandon Southward of Oregon State University and Tyree Harris of the University of Oregon.
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Montgomery County Unions Come Out Against Pension Shift

Union leaders in Montgomery County are almost unanimously against the proposed shift of teacher pension costs from the state to counties, saying the cuts it will force counties to make could be devastating.

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Maryland, Virginia Govs. Praise Obama Education Reforms

The Maryland and Virginia governors may have their differences, but they both had positive words for President Obama's education policies after a meeting at the White House this week.
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Maryland Students Demand Removal Of Foam Lunch Trays

Students in Montgomery County, some as young as 9, are getting politically-active, call for the Board of Education to adopt their plan for reusable lunch trays in school cafeterias.

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Affirmative Action: Is It Still Necessary?

In a 2003 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold affirmative action and said it expected that in 25 years, "the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary." The court will hear a case involving race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas in the fall.

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