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Taking on Truancy To Reduce School Dropouts

Skipping school. Playing hookey. Cutting class. We all know people who did it...if we didn't do it ourselves. Today, statistics show chronic truancy often precedes a teenager's decision to drop out of school. So what can a community do?

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Fairfax County Student Told To Read Poem 'Blacker'

School administrators in Fairfax County are looking into accusations that a teacher forced the only African-American student in a classroom to read a poem "blacker."

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Bridging The Gap Between Home And School

We look to schools to ensure that students graduate high school, even though kids spend about three-quarters of their time outside of school. For many at-risk students, the extra attention paid to what's going on at home may be what gets them over the hump to graduation.


Violence In Schools: How Big A Problem Is It?

The recent school shooting rampage in Ohio has once again focused national attention on the issue of student violence. But experts say such high-profile incidents overshadow an important trend: Overall, violent crime in U.S. schools has fallen significantly since the early 1990s.
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AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Riding Along With A DCPS Attendance Counselor

Stephen Liggon is an attendance counselor at Luke C. Moore High School in Northeast D.C. When students reach 10 unexcused absences from school, Stephen hits the street to talk with them -- and their parents -- in person. WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza went along on one of his trips.

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After Audit, Alexandria School Board Stands Behind Superintendent

The Alexandria School Board is standing behind the city's superintendent of schools, despite a scathing audit citing school mismanagement released this week.

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Embattled Alexandria Superintendent To Face School Board

A recent auditor's report about dysfunction on the books of Alexandria's school system has put school Superintendent Morton Sherman on notice -- tonight the school board will meet to decide his fate.

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Viewing Social Injustice Through Virginia's Living History

Instead of deferring to the history books on the issue of Virginia's segregationist past, several groups are calling for a renewed focus on building a living history from those who were actually there.