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Jessica Adams formerly worked at the Planet Hollywood casino and resort. Now she teaches fourth grade at Robert Forbuss Elementary School. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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K-12

Las Vegas: Betting On New Teachers But Coming Up Short

The crowded and fast-growing district is facing a severe teacher shortage.

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Students eat lunch at Robert Forbuss Elementary School in Las Vegas. The school, designed for 780 students, enrolls 1,230. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Dennis Henderson teaches at Manchester Academic Charter School in Pittsburgh. Erika Beras/WESA hide caption

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President Obama announced an initiative to give e-books to low-income students while visiting the Anacostia Library in Washington on Thursday. Shawn Thew//LANDOV hide caption

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Edgar Ramirez, 17, and his mother, Alma, appear before Judge Williams. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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K-12

In Texas, Questions About Prosecuting Truancy

Chronic, unexcused absence from school in Texas often sends students and parents to adult criminal courts.

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Common Core

Anti-Test 'Opt-Out' Movement Makes A Wave In New York State

Activists say that about 175,000 students refused to take federally mandated tests last week.

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Students arrive at CLA. More than half end up here after being expelled from other schools, usually for fighting, weapons or drugs. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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With the math done, student Kendall Hood works the plasma cutter. Jenny Brundin/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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