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Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in College Admissions

June 23, 2016
Pete Williams | NBC News
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the affirmative action program at the University of Texas at Austin, ending a protracted legal battle. The vote was 4-3.
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Supreme Court decides Fisher v. University of Texas...again

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June 28, 2013
Three years ago, the Supreme Court sent an affirmative action case involving college admissions back to a lower court and said "strict scrutiny" should be applied when examining the University of Texas's race-based policy.
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Clinton to pledge that no family pays more than 10 percent of income on child care

May 10, 2016
Anne Gearan | The Washington Post
Hillary Clinton is pledging Tuesday that as president she will ensure that families pay no more than 10 percent of their income on child care, a significant and rising cost for working parents.
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For Malia Obama, a study break and time out of the presidential spotlight

May 2, 2016
Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
Malia Obama’s decision to take a year off before attending Harvard University in the fall of 2017 reflects a growing trend among driven teenagers to pursue other interests and get a respite from the academic grind that has come to define high school for many young Americans.
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What are the key political issues on the minds of college students?

February 11, 2016
On the campus of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, the 2016 presidential election is not a big priority for the students heading to and from class. But ask them the issues they care about and it ranges from education to health care to inequality. For one student "drenched in privilege," he is most interested in "economic inequality."
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#MemeOfTheWeek: Must Be FLOTUS On The Mic

December 11, 2015
Susan Davis | NPR
First Lady Michelle Obama collaborated with College Humor and Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah on a rap video encouraging high school seniors to go to college. It's part of Obama's "Better Make Room" initiative.
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At Mizzou, Yale and beyond, campus protests stir fresh questions about free speech

November 12, 2015
At the University of Missouri, protests and a president's resignation have put a spotlight on heated debate taking place on campuses across the country over hateful speech and racial insensitivities. Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker join Gwen Ifill to discuss questions of free speech and its limitations.
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At a school with a history of social protest, this teacher is leading an opposition to ‘excessive testing’

October 20, 2015
In Seattle, protest against the Common Core test is catching on. Meet one high school teacher who has led a boycott against standardized tests as educational assessment, and who educates his students on their right to opt out. Gwen Ifill reports.
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