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Texas May Be Denying Tens Of Thousands Of Children Special Education

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When Rosley Espinoza’s daughter was very young, in preschool, she started acting differently. She seemed distracted and would get in trouble at school.

“Lack of interest, teachers’ notes coming home with behavior notes,” Espinoza says, speaking in Spanish.

She says she asked school officials to evaluate her daughter, Citlali, for special education, but they didn’t.

Every year, Espinoza says, Citlali’s behavior got worse. Last year, in second grade, “she stopped paying attention in class … [she was] harassing other children. On some occasions she would scream, yell.”

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5 Stories To Read For International Day Of The Girl

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Today is International Day of the Girl. Don’t know what that is? That’s alright; it’s pretty new. The day was created by the United Nations five years ago to spread awareness and spark discussion about the unique challenges confronting the world’s 1.1 billion girls.

Those challenges are many, and education is a common theme. Millions of girls around the world aren’t in school, and nearly two-thirds of the world’s illiterate people are female, according to a recent UNESCO report. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are a few NPR stories from the last few years — both in the United States and abroad — to get you thinking about what girls have to go through to get an education.

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Trace The Remarkable History Of The Humble Pencil

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A class of fifth-graders from Green Acres Elementary in Lebanon, Ore., asked us to find out how pencil lead is made. That quest took us all the way back to the dawn of the universe and then all the way up to a factory in Jersey City, N.J.

In the process, we learned that pencil lead (actually not lead at all but a mineral called graphite) has a storied past.

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No Teachers Strike; Classes As Usual For Chicago Public Schools Students

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A tentative contract was reached between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools. But just in case things didn’t work out, stacks of picket signs were ready for pick-up outside the union’s strike headquarters on Monday.

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Teachers in the Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school district, had been working without a contract since June 2015, and they were prepared to strike.

The Chicago Teachers Union had told its some 28,000 members to report to the lines Tuesday morning — unless plans changed.

But negotiators reached a tentative contract agreement minutes before a midnight deadline. Talks had been taking place throughout the holiday weekend.

The last time Chicago teachers walked off the job was in 2012, and that strike lasted for seven school days.

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PHOTOS: Students, Police Clash In South Africa Over Free Tuition Demands

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Private security guards protect themselves from stones thrown by students from the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg on Monday. South African student protesters and police clashed in renewed violence as attempts to re-open the university descended into running battles on campus.

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After weeks of protests by South African students calling for free tuition, Monday was supposed to be the reopening of regular classes at the University of the Witswatersrand.

But marches by hundreds of protesters showed that a return to normalcy isn’t on the schedule at the campus in Johannesburg.

Members of the “Fees Must Fall” movement entered auditoriums, disrupting classes and intimidating other students, Peter Granitz reported on Morning Edition.

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