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      The Common Core standards are math and English benchmarks describing what students should know after completing each grade. They were developed by states to allow comparison of students’ performance. More than 40 states have adopted them. Here is a state-by-state look at how governors and educators are dealing with the standards: ALABAMA The state school boa […]
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      Rio Salado Community College, in Arizona’s Maricopa Community College district, has implemented a variety of innovations to become more entrepreneurial in response to funding cuts. The result? A graduation rate four times that of similar schools, according to U.S. Department of Education data. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that only 59 […]
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    • Today’s Freedom Schools work to empower homeless children, juvenile offenders
      Seven small yellow tricycles stand alongside a fence in the playground at Malcolm X Elementary school in Washington D.C., and a group of kids who are clearly too big to ride them climb on, preparing to race. It is a rare opportunity for play for some of these children who live in the D.C. General Homeless Shelter, the city’s largest facility of its kind. The […]
    • Need persists for new generation of Freedom Schools, 50 years after first summer
      Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: And it’s been 50 years since Freedom Summer galvanized the civil rights movement, registering voters in Mississippi and urging them to the polls. But the young volunteers focused on the children as well, creating Freedom Schools that still exist in another form today. RELATED LINKSPhoto Essay: When Mississippi […]