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On the Education Front

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the success of the school-choice program in New Orleans.

And despite what the DOJ thinks, the NOLA program is promoting racial integration.

The decision upholding the Arizona school-choice program is a great response to those who claim such programs promote religion.

Schools with strong athletic programs have higher test scores and graduation rates.

No surprise: The L.A. high school program that gave all students an iPad is not working out as intended

The CEO of Upstart had an editorial in the Wall Street Journal about an innovative way to bring down college tuition.

And on a lighter note: A Connecticut school bans the phrase “hump day.”

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Korea: A Deadly Question

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Film & TV

Superannuated ‘Idol’

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