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Ward 1: Mt. Pleasant Parents Fear Boundary Changes Will Shut Them Out

As Deal and Wilson approach capacity, and as D.C. prepares to redraw school boundaries, Bancroft parents in Mt. Pleasant worry their kids will lose access to the city's best middle schools.

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Maryland Senate Dramatically Increases Penalties For Hazing

A particularly egregious case at Salisbury University has prompted Maryland Senate lawmakers to increase the penalties for hazing ten-fold.

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Can The Success Of D.C.'s Best Middle Schools Be Replicated?

Mayoral contender and D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser said she wants to replicate the educational successes of Alice Deal Middle School. But does the school really offer a model for the whole city?

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Senator Warns Of A Student Loan Bubble

Students are taking on record levels of debt to pay for college. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, says it's a drag on the economy and is calling for changes to the federal student loan system.
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The Changing World Of Tech Requires A Woman's Eye

Tell Me More wraps up its "Women in Tech" series looking at the new ideas women are bringing to tech, and how they're encouraging young girls to get into the field. What lessons have been learned?
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Despite Financial Challenges, HBCUs Fight To Remain A Bargain

Historically black colleges and universities remain a gateway to higher education for millions of students. But how are the institutions and their students weathering difficult financial challenges?
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Debate: Does Affirmative Action On Campus Do More Harm Than Good?

Colleges that use race as a factor in admissions say the approach creates opportunity for students who might otherwise be excluded. Critics argue the practice hurts the students it's intended to help.
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The Writing's On The Wall For Cursive — Unless Lawmakers Can Save It

The Common Core State Standards have ended lessons in cursive writing, but lawmakers in some states are trying to change that. Blake Farmer of WPLN reports on an effort in Tennessee to revive cursive.
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Does The Fight For A Cursive Comeback Miss The Point?

The real fear among those who study kids and handwriting is not that our schools will stop teaching cursive; it's that students aren't writing enough.
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Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College

When calculating cost, the sticker price is key, right? And aren't federal and private loans pretty much the same? Review some common mistakes people make in assessing the price of college.

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