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The Truth Behind Your State's High School Grad Rate

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 18:31

Graduation rates are rising across the nation — but what's happening in your state? Explore our NPR Ed grad rate database.

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In Washington D.C., Homeless Students Fight The Statistics

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:39

"We're in the business of changing lives," a principal says.

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In Oakland, Struggling For Years To Learn English

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:39

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

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In North Carolina, Cutting Diploma Requirements

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:37

A basic high school diploma with fewer credits is offered to struggling students.

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On Track To A 90 Percent Graduation Rate In Alabama

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:36

Computer-based instruction for dropouts is key to the state's high school strategy.

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Thousands Of High School Students Getting Lost In Texas

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:31

The state counts many, like Jaye McCurtain, as "leavers" instead of dropouts.

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In Chicago, At-Risk Students Are Being Misclassified

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:30

Are students at alternative schools dropouts, or graduates? You do the math.

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Graduation Coaches Help Georgia Students Cross The Finish Line

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:30

A state program is defunded, then revived at the district level.

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New York Keeps Raising The Bar For Graduation

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:28

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

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Saudi Supreme Court Upholds Blogger's Prison And Lashing Sentence

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 13:18

The sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes has drawn international condemnation but remains in place for Raif Badawi, a blogger who had earlier been found guilty of "insulting" Islam. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Deborah Amos in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

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

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 13:18

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

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Amid Violence, Mexican Voters Go To The Polls

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 13:18

Protesters burned ballots and election materials in a rocky start to voting in elections already marred by the murders of candidates and campaign officials. Reporter Carrie Kahn speaks with NPR's Arun Rath from Mexico City, where she has been talking to voters.

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Physician-Assisted Death Legislation Moves Forward In California

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 13:18

California's Senate approved the End of Life Option Act, a bill that would allow doctor-assisted suicide for some terminally ill patients. The bill had been stalled for years, in part because doctors opposed it. But last month the California Medical Association dropped its opposition, becoming the first state medical association to do so. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Dr. Theodore Mazer, a member of the association's executive board, about the decision.

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Former House Speaker Hastert To Appear In Federal Court On Tuesday

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 13:18

The Illinois Republican, who served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007, will hear charges of withdrawing funds illegally and lying to the FBI. He's not the first high-profile Illinois politician to run afoul of the law.

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Video Shows Texas Police Officer Pulling Gun On Teens At Pool Party

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 12:35

The McKinney Police Department says the incident occurred when officers responded to "a disturbance involving multiple juveniles" who did not have permission to be at a community pool.

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Wawrinka Wins French Open, Denying Novak Djovic's Career Grand Slam Bid

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 10:40

Eighth-seeded Stan Wawrinka defeated the No. 1 seed in Sunday's final. It's Wawrinka's second major title. His win thwarts Djovokic's shot at the only major title he hasn't won.

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Turkish Polls Close In Crucial Parliamentary Election

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 08:37

If President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's governing Justice and Development Party wins a big majority, it will be used to push through constitutional reforms establishing a strong executive.

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Sleep Like A Baby (Minus The Night Terrors) With Good Vibrations

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 08:03

A startup has developed a method the firm says will put to bed kids' night terrors, a minor sleep disorder that can impact a family's quality of life. The device uses app-controlled timed vibrations.

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Saudi High Court Upholds Blasphemy Sentence On Blogger

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 07:50

Raif Badawi, who was arrested in 2012 for "insulting Islam through electronic means," will undergo a total of 1,000 lashes and spend a decade behind bars.

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