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With mesh backpacks slung over their shoulders, inmates walk to school at San Quentin State Prison. Inmates have the chance to earn an associate of arts degree here through the Prison University Project. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Why Aren't There More Higher Ed Programs Behind Bars?

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Teacher Shortage? Or Teacher Pipeline Problem?

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Clockwise from top left: Sophia Neciosup, 13, Natalia Cox, 13, Alexis Brooks, 13, and Tehya Ford, 16, all participated in a Black Girls CODE summer camp session in San Francisco. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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'Disrupting' Tech's Diversity Problem With A Code Camp For Girls Of Color

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A boy paints the railings of a wooden fort at the Berkeley Adventure Playground. Nails, hammers and buckets of paint are just part of the fun. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Play Hard, Live Free: Where Wild Play Still Rules

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At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie

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Marc Pierce, 51, of Baker City, Ore., wears a Jerry Garcia T-shirt as he heads to the Grateful Dead concert at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Jim Gensheimer/TNS /Landov hide caption

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The Grateful Dead, 'Truckin' Into The Sunset

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Mindy Przeor founded an after-school and summer running club in Mesa, Ariz. Jason Millstein for NPR hide caption

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A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets And Childhood Obesity

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The College Board has announced a partnership with Khan Academy to make prep materials for the SAT college-entrance exam available free online. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Test Preppers, Take Note: Free SAT Study Tools Could Signal Sea Change

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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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