An attendee holds up a button at a speech by President Obama on Sept. 17 in Cincinnati. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Pam Voekel is a volunteer teacher at Freedom University in Georgia, an informal school for undocumented youth who are banned from some state schools. John Paul Gallagher hide caption

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After a leg injury didn't heal well earlier this year, Lou has difficulty walking. He and his partner, Bill, will be slaughtered at the end of the month, and their meat will be used to feed students at Green Mountain College in Vermont. Nina Keck/Vermont Public Radio hide caption

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How bright is their future? Students at Barnard College's graduation ceremony last May. Timothy A. Clary /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite some backlash from their political parties, both President Obama and Mitt Romney have made school choice a cornerstone of their efforts for education reform. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Many schools advise students and staff to lock doors and stay in place during a shooting threat. But others are adopting an approach that includes fighting back if escape is impossible. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Abigail Fisher, the Texan involved in the University of Texas affirmative action case, talks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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