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Education Secretary Arne Duncan (second from left) speaks with inmate Terrell Johnson, a participant in the Goucher College Prison Education Partnership. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Cast members of Notre Dame Academy's Godspell perform during the fifth annual Minty Awards for high school theater at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island, N.Y. Kathryn Carse/Landov hide caption

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President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. Kevin Lamarque/Landov hide caption

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High school students in the Johns Hopkins University summer program, Engineering Innovation, compete in an annual spaghetti bridge-building competition. Above: The A'hunna Key-Lows push their bridge to the limit. Below: The Key-Lows' winning bridge shatters — but only after holding 53 pounds. Lydia Thompson/NPR hide caption

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Eliot Elementary in St. Louis, Mo., closed 10 years ago. The building remains empty. Tim Lloyd/ St. Louis Public Radio hide caption

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Cooper is known as the Swim Whisperer. He's been teaching swimming full-time since 1995. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Sandy Kress (right) an attorney from Dallas, listens to Texas Education Agency general counsel David Anderson in 2004. Kress was the chief education consultant to the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind initiative. Harry Cabluck/AP hide caption

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