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LA schools make big push for attendance (NPR): In 2012, about 10,000 kindergarten students in the LA Unified School District were chronically absent. The district is working to improve attendance among its youngest students by reaching out to parents and using a range of incentives with students.

Competency-based credits raise questions about standards (The Hechinger Report): Colleges across the country are developing¬†competency programs that would let students earn credits simply by demonstrating their proficiency in a subject matter. Supporters say the trend helps capable students finish degrees faster and at a lower cost, but critics worry the programs “could very easily devolve into diploma mills.”

Who defaults on student loans (Mother Jones): People with the least amount of debt are most likely to default on their student loans, according to data from the New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel.

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