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Mindy Przeor founded an after-school and summer running club in Mesa, Ariz. Jason Millstein for NPR hide caption

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Students wait outside Everest College in Industry, Calif., hoping to get their transcriptions and information on loan forgiveness and transferring credits to other schools. In April, the school was one of the last Corinthian Colleges campuses to close. Christine Armario/AP hide caption

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Lannie Castagne teaches first grade at Brimley Elementary School. She does monthly reading assessments to make sure her students are on track. Jennifer Guerra/Michigan Public Radio hide caption

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"Instead of focusing on courses and credits students need to take, we're going to focus on the skills and knowledge they need to have to enter the classroom," says Arthur Levine, the president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Cargo/ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption

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Sam Venable teaches music at Langston Hughes Elementary in New Orleans. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel focused on disadvantaged youth in Chicago in his inaugural speech after being sworn in to a second term as mayor. Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune/Getty Images hide caption

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