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No Child Left Behind Waivers Worry Some Advocates

The White House is inviting states to apply for waivers from the No Child Left Behind law. The proposal would cut some slack to 85 percent of the nation's better schools. But advocates for minority and special education students fear their students will fall off the map.
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DCPS, Teachers' Union Gear Up For Contract Negotiations

D.C. Public Schools officials and the city's teachers' union are preparing for contract negotiations, and the oft-maligned IMPACT teacher evaluation system is expected to be a point of contention.


Undercover Student Tests A For-Profit College

Lately, for-profit colleges like DeVry, Kaplan and the University of Phoenix have been subject to scrutiny and new regulations for allegedly deceptive recruiting tactics and the high number of federal loan defaults among their students. Host Audie Cornish talks to Christopher Beha, who discreetly enrolled as a student at the University of Phoenix, and wrote about it in a piece in this month's issue of Harper's Magazine.

Derrick Bell, Influential Legal Scholar, Dies At 80

Bell was the first tenured black professor at Harvard Law School. He championed the idea that racism was ordinary, not exceptional, in American life. He died Wednesday in New York of carcinoid cancer.
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D.C. To Crack Down On School Residency Fraud

With their own budget problems to worry about, D.C. schools are looking to identify out-of-state students whose parents enroll them in D.C. schools without paying any taxes.

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Fairfax County Considers Security Cameras For Schools

Big brother or safety boon? Fairfax County schools are considering putting security cameras inside schools to discourage rule-breaking.


Ala. Immigration Law Worries Latino Parents

With a tough immigration law in effect in Alabama, worried Hispanic parents are meeting with school officials. They fear for themselves and their children.
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Va. Budget Surplus Obscuring Hidden Deficit?


Virginia's governor is boasting of a big budget surplus after big cuts to education this year -- but some question whether it will last through next year.