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Early intervention education is hailed by academics, politicians and others as a cost-effective way to help reshape a society, yet funding is always in jeopardy. The innovative Chicago nonprofit El Valor sets a strong example of parental involvement and community building in a bilingual environment.

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Serving 31 million lunches each school day is reality for the National School Lunch Program. But are the lunches tasty and healthy? How are they paid for? Do kids eat the food served? Is the program even necessary?

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This summer was typical for a group of Texan migrants workers living in Rochelle, Ill. For the teens, it was work all day followed by school all evening.

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What makes for a good school? Pershing West applies methods lauded by educators and has test scores that beat city and state averages. But the school's real distinction is far from programatic.

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Teaching children to read may be one of the most critical components of education. In a city where literacy rates are mediocre at best, how do we get our students up to speed? A small non-profit may have found a solution, and a way to teach even the most at-risk children the fun in learning.

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When the president visited her school the morning of Sept. 11, Chantal Guerrero was 7. Ten years, two wars and four schools later, she discusses her experience growing up and going to public schools in Florida during the age of No Child Left Behind.

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In a perfect world, schools are the neighborhood centerpiece, a place to solidify the community. But what happens when everything outside the school doors is crumbling down? What does that mean for the next generation? Welcome to Englewood.

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Whether investing in pre-K education to producing better teachers and administrators, the politics of education require frank, genuine discussion from all sides. A Superintendent, Teacher, educational technology and training expert, and community activist push that conversation in a roundtable discussion at Northwestern University.

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Can West Virginia -- where 68 percent of adults are obese -- be home to one of the healthiest schools in the U.S.? Enslow Middle School, a true underdog, shows its city, state and country that it’s national champion material.

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It's no secret that the average Chicago school lags behind state averages when it comes to standardized testing, but a closer look at the data reveals a surprising result.

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What length will you go to for your child? One mother applied to 40 schools to get her son out of West Engelwood and into a better learning environment.

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Fewer girls are studying technology than boys. Fewer women are represented in science and technology fields. Why is this happening? What are schools and organizations doing to change this? What more could they be doing?

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