Ashanti Branch, an assistant principal at Montera Middle School in Oakland, Calif., leads boys in a "check in" circle at his after-school Ever Forward Club. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox

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A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard

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Jason Haughton sings an original tune composed by the PS 177 Technology Band. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band

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Attorneys Theodore Boutrous Jr. (far right) and Marcellus McRae are joined by California public school students who won their case against the state. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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California Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional

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Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs delivers Howard University's commencement speech during the 2014 Howard University graduation ceremony in Washington, on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Some suggested that Combs, who attended Howard in the late 1980s but did not graduate, was a poor choice of speaker. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates?

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Tiffany Contreras gives a presentation in a nutrition class at Tulsa Community College. She's pursuing a degree in nursing as part of the Career Advance program. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Struggling To Get Out Of Poverty: The 'Two Generation' Approach

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In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents

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Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

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Standardized tests are an important consideration for admissions at many colleges and universities. But one new study shows that high school performance, not standardized test scores, is a better predictor of how students do in college. Amriphoto/iStockphoto hide caption

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College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

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Alex Tu, an advanced placement student, takes a computer science class in Midwest City, Okla. There's been a sharp decline in the number of computer science classes offered in U.S. secondary schools. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age

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Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. The GOP largely backs the standards that are rolling out in 45 states, but Tea Party conservatives have been critical — and liberals increasingly have the same complaints. Steve Ruark/AP hide caption

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Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core

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