Edward Young, whose automotive transport business is based in Milford, Conn., arrives to pick up a car to be delivered to Pennsylvania from the Valenti auto dealership in Watertown, Conn. Rick Hartford/Hartford Courant hide caption

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Kansas City public schools have lost accreditation. The city is struggling with how to move forward, especially since education impacts many aspects of the area's development. Tom Bullock/NPR hide caption

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On Jan. 1, the Missouri State School Board revoked the Kansas City public school district's accreditation. Now parents have a hard choice to make: leave or keep their children at a failed school? Tom Bullock/NPR hide caption

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In Cleveland, 2010 GED graduates from the Get On Track program parade down the aisle during their commencement. In today's economy, some experts say, the GED may not be enough to provide "gainful employment." John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer/Landov hide caption

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Harvard University forward Kyle Casey in an NCAA game against Princeton on Saturday. Casey says financial aid from Harvard makes the school more attractive to student athletes. Mel Evans/Getty Images hide caption

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The recent spike in metal prices, combined with a shortage of miners, means mining companies are hiring. So some teens are opting not to go to college, and instead are heading underground. A miner is shown at work in Newmont Mining's Leeville mine near Carlin, Nev. AP hide caption

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Teacher Ruben Gonzalez conducts the South Gate High School band. According to Gonzalez, thieves passed up a computer as well as a stash of valuable flutes, saxophones and clarinets to get to the school's tubas. Krissy Clark for NPR hide caption

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