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On Track To A 90 Percent Graduation Rate In Alabama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Convicted Murders Manage 'Extraordinary' Prison Break In New York

Sun, 2015-06-07 06:17

Two inmates, Richard Matt and David Sweat, used power tools to cut through steel walls, slithered through a steam pipe and emerged on the outside through a manhole.

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In Newark, Reversing 40 Years Of Neighborhood Neglect

Sun, 2015-06-07 05:25

Newark, N.J., has spent decades in decline. Mayor Ras Baraka is trying to turn the city around, with intensive investment in two tough neighborhoods. Residents say he has a lot of history to overcome.

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Obama At G-7: West Must Stand Up To 'Russian Aggression'

Sun, 2015-06-07 05:05

The president arrived in Bavaria for the summit, where Western leaders are due to discuss the situation in Ukraine and how to prevent Greece from defaulting on its sovereign debt.

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GOP Suiters Woo Iowa With Bikes, Barbeque And Barnstorming

Sun, 2015-06-07 04:46

Iowa's freshman Sen. Joni Ernst hosted a herd of potential Republican presidential candidates for her first-ever Roast and Ride event, asserting herself as a force in presidential politics.

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Both Sides Claim Victory Over EPA Fracking Study

Sun, 2015-06-07 03:26

The Environmental Protection Agency has found no evidence that fracking has let to widespread, systemic pollution of water. Correspondent Jeff Brady tells NPR's Rachel Martin what the report means.

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