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Howard University students are entering their second week of protests demanding better housing on campus. Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty hide caption

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Karen Watkins is vice chair of the school board of Gwinnett County, a suburban county north of Atlanta. She is surprised that she has become a target for a political culture war. "I just didn't realize that it would impact the local school board," Watkins says. "Our main focus is towards student achievement and ensuring that we are producing children that are thriving." Johnathon Kelso for NPR hide caption

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What it's like to be on the front lines of the school board culture war

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Students walk out of Johnson Chapel at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., April 24, 2019. Amherst College will no longer give admissions preference to the children of alumni, the school announced Wednesday. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

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The Montalto and Hoyer families hold hands inside the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, during Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz's guilty plea in the 2018 shootings. The Montalto's daughter, Gina Montalto, 14, and the Hoyer's son, Luke Hoyer, 15, were both killed in the massacre. Amy Beth Bennett/AP hide caption

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Zahra Nealy (left) and Victoria Chamberlin both stand to benefit from recent changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Roxanne Turpen and Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for NPR hide caption

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Student loan forgiveness is a lot closer for some borrowers, and they are pumped

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A campaign sign for a slate of candidates challenging three incumbent board members in Centerville, Ohio. If they win, they would control the five member board. It is a non-partisan position, but national political hot buttons have infused the race. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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School board elections will be an early test of what issues motivate voters

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1 in 3 working families is struggling to find the child care they desperately need

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Zac Wyrick, 28, is training to become a firefighter in Dayton after a long delay. The city didn't think it would have enough money for a new training class, and pressed for funding in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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Dayton is spending some of its COVID aid in unexpected ways. It's not alone

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Students at Patterson High School in Patterson, Calif., are participating in the one of the first truck-driving programs for students at a non-vocational high school in the country. Dave Dein/Patterson High School hide caption

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From left to right: Teachers Mark Sujak, Sarah Lorraine, Jeremy Robinson and Sophia Faridi pose with students and podcast finalists Julian Fausto and Eric Guadarrama for portraits in front of Morton East High School, in Cicero, Ill. Olivia Obineme for NPR hide caption

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The Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas, is in the spotlight after an administrator reportedly instructed teachers to provide students with "opposing" views of the Holocaust when the subject of recent statewide legislation came up. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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Usha Lee McFarling from STAT reports that an increase in funding and attention to health disparity research means some researchers of color who've long been in the field are being pushed aside. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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In federal lawsuits, parents in Wisconsin are blaming school districts for coronavirus infections, saying they should not have ended mask requirements during a pandemic. Here, a student in Michigan is seen arriving at school in late August. Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images hide caption

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A wall of Lego minifigures is encased inside the lobby of the Legoland Hotel in Goshen, N.Y. on Aug. 6. The Danish company is pledging to remove harmful stereotypes from its products and marketing. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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California public schools and colleges must stock their restrooms with free menstrual products under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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School buses depart after dropping off Timberview High School students at the Mansfield ISD Center For The Performing Arts on Wednesday in Mansfield, Texas, following a school shooting at Timberview in nearby Arlington. Tony Gutierrez/AP hide caption

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