In the hopes of easing pressures on China's students, the country' education officials are considering a ban on written homework. Here, students walk to school in Beijing in June. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Crowdsourcing tools are giving teachers and school district employees more say on big decisions. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Girls are more likely to take high school physics if they see women in their communities working in science, technology, engineering and math, a new study finds. Dominik Pabis/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Recent high school graduate Dajina Bell got her diploma after working hard to turn around her GPA. An anonymous donor who heard her story on Colorado Public Radio set up a scholarship for her. Jenny Bundin/CPR hide caption

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Mountains in the area where Marcelo first explored the wonders of the natural world. Leonardo Pallotta/Flickr hide caption

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Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe often uses her longboard to get around campus and chat with students like senior Xanda Schofield. Wendy Kaufman/NPR hide caption

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the controversial Alabama Accountability Act into law. The measure's opponents say they will seek to block it. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Gov. Robert Bentley talks with reporters in his office, one day after Alabama Republicans adopted legislation to provide state tax credits to attend private schools. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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