Angie Melhado, a charter school consultant, talks to parents and community members who are considering serving on charter school boards. Detroit wants to convert dozens of traditional schools to charters, but many in the city remain skeptical about the plan. Larry Abramson/NPR hide caption

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A student works on her robot gladiator. Courtesy of National Tooling and Machining Association hide caption

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Teachers and librarians demonstrate against thousands of proposed job cuts in the Los Angeles Unified School District Tuesday. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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Contestants Emily Garvin and Kalynn Higginbotham pose during the Miss Shrimp Festival pageant in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Helmut Albrecht/Slices of Life Photostudio hide caption

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Kate Haynes (left) and Samantha Jensen watch the stock tickers and debate what to select for their investments while participating in Junior Achievement's Finance Park program in Fairfax County, Va. Erin Schwartz/NPR hide caption

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Nathan Selove relies on his service dog, Sylvia, to help him deal with meltdowns and other issues related to Asperger's syndrome. Larry Abramson/NPR hide caption

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