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Jessica Adams formerly worked at the Planet Hollywood casino and resort. Now she teaches fourth grade at Robert Forbuss Elementary School. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Las Vegas: Betting On New Teachers But Coming Up Short

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Students eat lunch at Robert Forbuss Elementary School in Las Vegas. The school, designed for 780 students, enrolls 1,230. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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What Happens In Vegas Includes Crowded, Struggling Schools

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Students arrive at CLA. More than half end up here after being expelled from other schools, usually for fighting, weapons or drugs. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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In New Orleans, A Second-Chance School Tries Again

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the ESEA in 1965 with Kate Deadrich Loney, his first schoolteacher. Yoichi Okamoto/LBJ Presidential Library hide caption

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Senators Try To Revise No Child Left Behind — A Few Years Behind

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Astronaut Twins To Separate For The Sake Of Space Travel

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Behold The Humble Block! Tools Of The Trade

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Ruth Hálová, a survivor of the Holocaust (clockwise): Ruth as a child dressed up for a play; Ruth's 1st grade class taken in 1932; Ruth and husband Milan Hala in India in the 1990's; Ruth and her mother in (the then) Czechoslovakia after the war. Centropa Photo Archives hide caption

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Teaching The Holocaust: New Approaches For A New Generation

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When the homebrewing gets good, the teachers turn pro. Kegs of Line 51 beer fill an Oakland warehouse. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Hoops By Day, Hops By Night: This Phys Ed Teacher's Got A Secret Brew

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Anti-government demonstrators celebrated in Tahrir Square upon hearing the news of the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, 2011. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Egypt's Citizens Still Wait 'To Breathe Deep The Air Of Freedom'

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