For the first time in more than a decade, the House and Senate have passed bills to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law and give states more freedom in education.
Even in a state that helped defeat the Confederacy, legacies of the Civil War era are raising tough questions in the state capitol today.
Officials in several cities transformed by young adults try to predict their next move.
In their recent proposals for reforming the system, the Democratic president and Republican governor who wants to be president have found common ground in three major areas. But does it even matter?