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Under Scrutiny, Some Head Start Programs In Limbo

The Obama administration has proposed big changes for the early childhood education program Head Start. Programs the government has labeled "deficient" must now compete for funds to continue operating. But some argue that turning Head Start into a competitive grants program will not be easy.
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Study Says Art Boosts Academic Achievement For Disadvantaged Youth

According to a new study, arts education can have a significant impact for disadvantaged youth.
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The Final Chapter For A Trusty Bookmobile?

Those rolling reading rooms are becoming scarce — too costly and outmoded, some say. The bookmobile in one New England town just broke down, and residents are wondering if it's time to shelve it in the history section.
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'Rebound Rumble': The March Madness Of Science Competitions

High school students from D.C. were taking part in the science students' version of March Madness: a robotics competition called the "Rebound Rumble."

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Looming Loans & Scary Stats: A Student Loan Debt "Bubble" ?

Nearly fifteen percent of borrowers defaulted on student loan debts last year. With total student loan debt over $850 billion last year, how will rising defaults impact our economy? The forecast isn't good; but it also isn't as bleak as you might think...

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In Bullying Programs, A Call For Bystanders To Act

A growing number of anti-bullying programs have emerged in recent years, and the focus of many has shifted from stopping bullies to encouraging bystanders to act. But in an industry where anyone can peddle virtually any kind of program, initiatives vary in their quality and effectiveness.
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Truancy Court Program In Montgomery County In Jeopardy

A program in Montgomery County that pairs chronically-truant middle school students with judges from Silver Spring is facing a bit of a crisis as funding from a federal grant runs out this year.

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American Graduate: Giving Students A Second Chance

In the final part of our American Graduate series, we visit a "second chance" school designed to help kids who've already dropped out.
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O'Malley Pushes School Breakfasts To Maryland Principals

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley played host to 60 school principals from the state Wednesday morning to push a program that provides low-cost or free meals to children from low-income families.

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