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The Exchange Program Sending American Teens Across State Lines

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In a divided country, experiencing another state can expand your worldview as much as studying abroad.

For a Lesson in Pre-K Excellence, Look to Alabama

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As the U.S. considers universal preschool, Alabama’s free pre-K stands out as a model for long-term, bipartisan success.

Building an Athletics-to-Med-School Pipeline for Black Men

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Focus, teamwork, grit: High-performing athletes possess many of the attributes physicians need — and could be the key to getting more Black men into medicine.

Clearing a Path from Prison to the Bar Exam

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A movement to empower formerly incarcerated people to become lawyers is changing the criminal justice system from the inside out.

In Paris, More Student Diversity Means Less Private School Flight

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An experiment in shuffling kids from school to school saw more families stick with the public system.

Idled by Covid, School Bus Drivers Are Becoming College Counselors

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When an Indiana school district ran short on student case managers, it looked to its road warriors for help.

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Free the Playgrounds!

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Elaborate, over-programmed playgrounds increasingly dictate how kids should use them. Can a new type of playscape unwrite the script?

The Transformative Power of Replacing Guns With Jobs

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Youth involved in gun violence would rather be working than shooting. One group decided to give them what they want.

In this Connecticut Prison, the Guards Double as Mentors

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What happens when incarcerated people see a correctional officer not as an overlord, but as someone who can help?

Inside the Student-Led Movement to Depolarize College

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Beyond the ideological brawls and anti-speaker protests is a push to make disagreement on campus cool again.

‘Microcredentials’ Are Changing the Pandemic Job Hunt

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Some universities are offering college credits as industry-recognized certificates instead, allowing students to use them in the job market long before they graduate.

The Youth Who Turned a Prison Into a Farm

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In North Carolina, teens who were once at risk of being locked up have created a place where good things grow.

Do School Plays Lead to PhDs?

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A new report shows a correlation that’s held for decades: People with more education are more involved in the arts. Or is it the other way around?

The High School That Follows Its Students to College

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A school in Detroit deploys counselors to make sure its graduates are staying on the collegiate track. Unlock your phones, kids.

Can California’s Colleges Be Saved?

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Soaring tuition and slipping graduation rates have challenged the UC system’s renown. Now, an attempt to restore its former glory is underway.

A School Where Character Gets a Grade

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An A+ for accountability? How one school grades students’ “character data” as much as their homework, and gets a decent report card on future success

My Alternate Route to Harvard

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Raised on the plains of North Carolina by parents who grew up in the segregated South, I wasn’t put on the “Harvard track” early. I got there anyway—thanks to one of the best-kept secrets in higher education.

Reversing the Tide

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College degree programs like the Bard Prison Initiative give jailed students a chance to thrive once they’re released—and drive down the costs of incarceration for us all.

I’m Not That Guy Anymore

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I hated school—until I got slapped with a 15-year prison sentence and discovered calculus, Mandarin and the college degree I never knew I wanted.

The School Where Refugees Thrive

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At Fugees Academy, students who arrived in the U.S. as refugees—sometimes without parents or English skills—are graduating at a rate of 90 percent.

“The Best Worst Mistake You Ever Made”

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Before they became places to warehouse so-called problem kids, alternative learning centers were designed to help at-risk students succeed. Some are rediscovering that mission.

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