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Report: Poor countries face education crisis

Somalia and Haiti are the two worst countries in which to be a school child at a time when $4.6 billion has been cut from education budgets worldwide, a new report released Monday said. Full story

Disease-stricken teacher honored

   Grade-school teacher Christie Breault hasn’t let her 15-year battle with primary pulmonary hypertension hinder her passion for education. She is honored with a special song, “True Miracles,” performed by Aisha de Haas.

Girls’ math fears may start with female teachers

Female elementary school teachers who are concerned about their own math skills could be passing that along to the little girls they teach, says a new study of first- and second-graders. Full story

Hong Kong closes all kindergartens, primary schools amid flu outbreak...

Hong Kong's government on Wednesday ordered all kindergartens and primary schools to close for two weeks amid a growing flu outbreak. Full story

Elementary school teacher is honored

   Nov. 5: On TODAY’s Everyone Has a Story, elementary school teacher Maury Gusta is honored by his students and with a custom song.

Gunmen kill U.S. airman in Mexico bar attack

A gang of gunmen killed an off-duty U.S. airman and five other people at a bar in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, authorities say. Full story

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Australian school bans ‘inappropriate’ hugging

Obama visits at Washington-area schools

Barry Manilow donates violins to grade schools


  President Obama visits a elementary school and talks about his favorite books

OCT 20: President Obama surprised 3rd and 4th graders at a Maryland elementary school yesterday and talked to them about his favorite children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are."

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Jackie Chan donates 1 million yuan for N China primary school construction
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Hong Kong kungfu superstar Jackie Chan applauses at Jiangpao primary school in Luannan county, Tangshan city, Tuesday, October 27, 2009.Jackie Chan donated goods worthy 1 million yuan (US$14,646) to the Jiangpao primary school for further construction.

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students use chairs to cross a flooded schoolyard in Manila

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