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A Kindergartener's Year In A Mandarin-Immersion School

Starting kindergarten can be scary. So imagine if your parents sent you to a school where they teach most of the day in another language, like Mandarin Chinese.
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Cutting Sports And Activities In Fairfax County Schools?

The Fairfax County Public School system is once again under pressure to make severe budget cuts. One of the ideas recently floated suggested cutting back spending on activities and cutting out spending on athletics. We chat with the chair of the county's school board about how the system found itself in this financial shape and what ideas are under serious consideration for navigating the future.

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Doctor Recalls Facing Cadavers, Mortality In Gross Anatomy Lab

Eleven years ago, NPR's Melissa Block followed a group of first-year medical students in one gross anatomy lab as they confronted cadavers and mortality. She checks back in with one of those students.
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Teacher Shortages Across The U.S.

Across the country many schools are struggling to find qualified instructors in areas like science and math. California has more than 20,000 slots to fill this academic year. What’s behind a nationwide teacher shortage, and how states are trying to address it.

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Why Lowering Student Loan Interest Rates Isn't A Game Changer

Hillary Clinton wants people with student loan debt to pay lower interest rates. That kind of assistance may not help the people who need it most.
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How Going To College Could Change Under Hillary Clinton's New Plan

Her plan — stuffed with ideas that have been brought up by other presidential candidates, like free tuition and more affordable loan repayment — moves away from the dorms-and-tailgates stereotype.
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Democrats Sound Similar Alarm On College Affordability

Hillary Clinton unveiled her plan to make college more affordable on Monday. How does it compare with the proposals of her Democratic opponents?
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Healthy Eaters, Strong Minds: What School Gardens Teach Kids

School-based urban gardens can have a measurable positive impact on kids — from improving their diets to helping boost engagement with academics.

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DOJ: Georgia Must Change How It Segregates Disabled Students From Their Peers

Georgia public schools are unfairly segregating disabled children from their non-disabled peers, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. We explore how the state educates these students.
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Just 6 Percent Of D.C. Charter Budgets Come From Private Funding, Report Finds

D.C. should make information about its public charter schools easier to understand, according to a report from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, as some of the actual numbers run against public perception.

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