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In Oakland, Struggling For Years To Learn English

Long-term English language learners graduate high school at much lower rates than California's average.

Philadelphia Braces For a Downturn In Grad Rates

Opponents say exit exams put barriers in the way of students; proponents say more rigor is needed.

New York Keeps Raising The Bar For Graduation

Regents exams stand between many students and the high school diploma.

Beyond College-Ready: Top Charter Schools Support Graduates In College

Many elite charter schools boast of making students from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds ready for college. Now some programs are focused on helping more of those students finish their degrees.

From Bail Bondsman To Teacher

Rodney Carey has been on the other side of the street in New Orleans. He's trying to get his students to come back.

Lunch Lady Knows There's No Quick Fix For Feeding Hungry Kids

A school kitchen manager lost her job after giving a free meal to a hungry student. NPR's Scott Simon wonders if you'd rather a hungry kid encounter a lunch lady who enforces rules, or Della Curry?

Schools Say Ciao To Plastic Lunch Trays, Hello To Compostable Plates

Six of the nation's largest school districts are ditching polystyrene lunch trays in favor of compostable plates. The hope is that they'll incentivize cities to build more composting facilities.

Guns On Texas Campuses Won't Make Them Safer, University Chancellor Says

Texas is expected to allow concealed weapons on public college campuses. Retired Admiral William McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, tells Ari Shapiro the bill raises concerns.

University Of North Carolina Charged With 5 'Level 1' Violations By NCAA

The NCAA has been looking into the case for several years, after allegations of widespread grade inflation for student athletes at the school.