Research shows suspensions are disproportionately applied to minorities and give students a fast track to dropping out and to the juvenile justice system. The Los Angeles Unified School District recently instituted a ban on certain suspensions, but finding a viable alternative is a complex task.
The financially troubled city of Detroit is eyeing the sale of its prized artworks, which include paintings by van Gogh. In recent years, a number of museums have brought in millions by selling off art. Such sales invariably trigger protest but can proceed unless there's some legal violation involved.
Nearly two years ago, when a freak earthquake rocked the Washington, D.C. area, it damaged more than 500 stone slabs on the Washington Monument. Now, the monument is covered in scaffolding and crews are getting to work on one huge caulking job.
The worth of a degree depends on the specialty. A report from Georgetown University breaks down returns on students' investments, and it's not particularly encouraging. But the study's co-author says the problem is a lack of guidance, which could keep young people from following fruitless career paths.
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