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In Erie, Pennsylvania, a refugee family dreams of college and worries how to pay for it

May 30, 2017
'It's like heaven inside,' junior Megha Ghimirey says of her American high school.
Megha Ghimirey, 17, with her sister Niti, 8. Megha is wrapping up her junior year at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy.
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Principals at low-income schools often leave, but this one has stayed 17 years

May 30, 2017
Bertie Simmons, 83, now leads a $10 million endeavor at her Houston high school.
On a recent school day, Furr High School’s Principal Bertie Simmons listens to a freshman read his first essay.
Laura Isensee

Prom season is here, and it can cost families a pretty penny

May 19, 2017
Teens are spending hundreds of dollars on the 'promposal' alone.
Friends dance together at their prom.
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Will you go to prom with us?

May 15, 2017
We're looking for your stories of prom, "promposals" and prom prices.
Crystal Kornegay and Romero Tyler, the prom queen and king at Oyler School in Cincinnati.
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Here’s why vocational training is in high demand

Feb 23, 2017
With technical skills in demand, vocational programs try to shake old stereotype.
Tim DeAcosta, 17, studies precision machining at Berks Career and Technology Center near Reading, Pa.
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National graduation rate hits a new high

Oct 18, 2016
More students finish high school, but college readiness lags.
More than 83 percent of high school seniors finished on time last year, according to new data.
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Laurene Powell Jobs’ $100 million incentive for a new kind of school

Sep 15, 2016
The philanthropist doubles her commitment to reinvent education.
Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, is planning to redesign high school education by awarding $100 million to 10 schools in the U.S.
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Back to school in August? Tourism businesses not happy

Sep 5, 2016
In some states, a pre-Labor Day school start is banned; but schools are pushing back.
Scheduling the first day of school can be tricky.
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Georgia school focuses on skills local employers say they need

Apr 1, 2016
The school wants kids in high-skill, high-demand and high-pay jobs.
The shop room for automotive classes at Carroll County College and Career Academy.
Molly Samuel

Making sure the GED test isn't harder than high school

Jan 26, 2016
The company behind the GED is lowering the test's passing score
The end of high school means a lot of bubbling in answers for students with standardized tests such as the GED, SAT and ACT. The company behind the GED recently announced that they will be lowering the passing mark for students. 
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