Congress rejected the president's proposal for tuition-free community college, so his administration is instead helping regions launch the program themselves.
At least 20 states are developing performance-based systems for funding higher education. The impact varies widely from state to state.
Other countries teach conflict resolution to at-risk youth as a way to break the cycle of violent retaliation. The idea is slowly catching on in America.
In much of the country, school districts survive even when they have few students. In an era of budget cutbacks, these districts are prime targets for consolidation.