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Anti-Bullying Laws Get Tough With Schools

New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, considered by many as the toughest legislation against bullying in the nation, went into effect this month. Host Scott Simon talks with Emily Bazelon of Slate Magazine about bullying laws, where they're working and where they're headed (hint: the Supreme Court).

SAT Reading Scores Reach Record Low

SAT reading scores for the high school class of 2011 were the lowest on record, according to the College Board.
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DCPS Launches Sex Ed. Standardized Tests

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D.C.'s public and charter schools are going to begin testing students on sexual health, making D.C. the first state to offer standardized testing in the subject of sex education.


Md. Teachers Must Promote Environmental Literacy

The start of a new school year in Maryland brings a new requirement: All schools in the state must develop plans to promote environmental literacy. The new requirement is creating some challenges for teachers. The goal is to integrate environmental concerns into science, social studies and other topics.
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D.C. Barbershop Program Teaches About Life

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Kids from the most troubled areas of Northeast D.C. are getting another chance with a new barbershop program that teaches them skills to succeed in work and in life.

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GMU Named #2 Up-And-Coming School

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George Mason University is the second most up-and-coming school in the country right now, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings released this week. 

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New Anti-Gang Measures In Suburban Md.

State officials are teaming up with the United Way on a campaign to educate youth in suburban Maryland about gang violence.


Duncan Talks Back-To-School Bus Tour

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan just returned from a three-day bus tour of schools in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and other cities that are struggling economically. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his tour and how investing in schools relates to President Obama's jobs plan.