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Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, cut more than $1 billion from the state's K-12 budget, which hit the state-controlled Philadelphia district hardest. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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Unrelenting Poverty Leads To 'Desperation' In Philly Schools

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Duncan Apologizes For 'Clumsy' Common Core Remarks

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Students play tag at Ruby Bridges Elementary in Alameda, Calif. The school has expanded recess time with help from the nonprofit group Playworks. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Trim Recess? Some Schools Hold On To Child's Play

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Coachella Valley High School math teacher Eddie Simoneau uses iPads with his students. Matt Hamilton/Coachella Valley Unified School District hide caption

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For The Tablet Generation, A Lesson In Digital Citizenship

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Students at Coachella Valley Unified School District use iPads during a lesson. The district's superintendent is promoting the tablet initiative as a way to individualize learning. Coachella Valley Unified School District hide caption

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A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism

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Thousands of students apply to college each year using the online Common Application. But a flawed overhaul of the system has left many students and parents frustrated. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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More Angst For College Applicants: A Glitchy Common App

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Palo Alto middle school student Jennifer Munoz Tello (right) stands outside her family's trailer in Palo Alto with her mother, Sandra, and 2-year-old sister, Cynthia. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Silicon Valley Trailer Park Residents Fight To Stay

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A worker on a newly constructed transmission tower near Buetzow, Germany, earlier this month. The German government plans to shut down nuclear power plants and is seeking to replace that production with power from renewable energy sources, especially wind turbines and solar parks. New power transmission lines will be needed. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Germans Confront The Costs Of A Nuclear-Free Future

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One of the latest additions to Poland's growing luxury goods market, the Wolf Bracka department store, beckons shoppers in the heart of the Polish capital, Warsaw. The country's economy continues to grow, but Poles are anxiously watching the crisis in the eurozone. Czarek Sokolowski/AP hide caption

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Poland Watches Warily As Euro Crisis Spreads

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Political Stumbles Mark Romney's Trip Abroad

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Controversy Followed Romney On Overseas Trip

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Government employees demonstrate against the Spanish government's austerity measures in Madrid, on Friday. The economic situation has forced some Spaniards to leave the country for work. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Spain's Crisis Pushes Educated Into 'Economic Exile'

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Crime novelist Jo Nesbo says despite Oslo's well-kept streets and sharply dressed residents, the city has a dark and seedy side. Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jo Nesbo's Fiction Explores Oslo's Jagged Edges

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Simon Fabich (center) is CEO and co-founder of the Berlin-based online shopping startup Monoqi. Artsy and relatively inexpensive, Berlin is an up-and-coming city for European tech startups. Courtesy of Monoqi hide caption

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The Next Silicon Valley? Berlin Startups Catching Up With The Hype

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