At Nashville's Bailey Middle Prep, Whitney Bradley teaches her 8th-graders how to organize an essay in preparation for the writing section of Tennessee's standardized test. Most in her class trail their peers in literacy. Blake Farmer/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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The Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville was at the center of rape allegations contained in the Rolling Stone story. The magazine acknowledged that its reporting had been flawed, and the campus ban on the fraternity was subsequently lifted. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Known by the nickname "Wall Street," Curtis Carroll teaches financial literacy at the San Quentin Prison, helping inmates prepare for life after incarceration. Carroll, however, is serving a life sentence. Courtest of The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation hide caption

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As political battles rage over the Common Core, teachers like Jennifer Bahns at the University Prep Academy middle school in Detroit are trying to prepare their students for the first major Common Core exams this spring. Erin Einhorn/Hechinger Report hide caption

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