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In Texas, Keeping Kids In School And Out Of Court

Instead of being sent to the principal's office for things like truancy or dress code violations, young people in Texas are "ticketed" by school police and sent to court with misdemeanor charges. Some schools are changing their disciplinary policies to keep students from dropping out.
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Virginia Legislator Tackles Kings Dominion Law

Summer may soon end earlier for Virginia students if the so-called Kings Dominion Law is circumvented, giving school districts the discretion to open before Labor Day.

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Local Lawmakers Tell Teens: 'It Gets Better'

Maryland lawmakers are lending their voices to the 'It Gets Better' Project, which seeks to encourage LGBT teenagers who are the victims of bullying.

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Hard Times Inspire Ky. College Students To Action

Berea College's 1,600 students come from low-income households, and sophomore Emily Nugent says they "know about the challenges Americans are facing." Inspired by their own diverse backgrounds, they're taking up causes like standing with the newly poor, helping immigrants or embracing their heritage.
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Johns Hopkins Facing Lawsuit Over 'Science City'

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Johns Hopskins' plans to turn a Gaithersburg, Md. farm into a "Science City" has drawn ire, and a lawsuit, from the former owners, who allege that the proposal represents a breach of their agreement.

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Virginia Community College Offering Childcare

A Virginia Community College is offering childcare on the campus in hopes of encouraging younger mothers to continue their education.

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'Truth Goggles' Double-Checks What Politicians Say

As the presidential candidates grip and grin their way across the early primary states, many voters are tuning in online to get the latest information on their policies and plans. But sifting through the muck of rumor, fact and fiction online isn't easy, so MIT grad student Dan Schultz came up with an idea to help: "Truth Goggles." He shares his creation with host Audie Cornish.
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In Tenn., A Possible Model For Higher Education

Many community colleges let students pick and choose classes, but those who sign up at a Tennessee Technology Center have their schedules decided for them. The centers work closely with advisers from local businesses to keep their programs in sync with economic reality — one reason why around 8 in 10 students finish and get a job in their field.
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English Teacher Reaches Through Student's Haze

NPR correspondent John Burnett's high school English teacher, Christine Eastus, may have been demanding, but she encouraged his interest in writing. Burnett is thankful that Eastus gave him the boost he needed as a teenager. You can thank a teacher, too, on Twitter with #thankteacher, or on the StoryCorps Facebook page.

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