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The White House Wants to Cut Aid to Central America. Here Are Some of the Dozens of U.S.-Funded Programs.

President Trump, in his most recent rebuke of Central American nations for what he says is their failure to address the issue of migration, announced plans to cut off aid to three nations — Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — known as the Northern Triangle. Critics of the cuts say they will target programs aimed at preventing violence, curbing extreme poverty and hunger, and strengthening the justice system — the very problems residents of those countries give for leaving home and pursuing a more stable future elsewhere. Here are some examples of programs financed by American dollars in the three countries targeted by President Trump.

Latino outreach or Google Translate? 2020 Dems bungle Spanish websites

Using Google to translate Spanish text into English is a trick used by high school students to avoid doing their Spanish homework — not something you'd expect to see from candidates for the highest office in the land. Yet several Democratic White House hopefuls appear to be doing precisely that.

This Refugee Was a Daydream Believer When It Came to College

This month, one of the big news stories is about parents who bribed and cheated to get their kids into prestigious universities. And then there's the college admissions story of John Awiel Chol Diing. Diing, 25, is a former refugee from South Sudan and grew up in U.N.-supported camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. His family couldn't even afford high school fees, let alone college tuition. But today, thanks to an unlikely series of events, he is a student at Earth University in Costa Rica, finishing up his fourth year studying agricultural science.

After Suicides of Parkland Survivors, Here's What Educators Should Know About Supporting Students

Parkland, Fla., is experiencing a fresh wave of grief after the recent suicides of two students who survived the mass school shooting there last year. A swell of coverage of those deaths—and of an apparent suicide of the father of a child who died in the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.—are driving questions about suicide contagion, trauma, survivor's guilt, and student mental health to the forefront. And those questions are relevant to educators around the country, even if their students haven't survived a collective trauma that dominated headlines.

Virginia schools have seen the light, and it’s solar

The experience of walking under thickly polluted skies on a trip to China in middle school remains vivid years later in Catherine ­Xiang’s memory. Now 17, she has become an environmental advocate. The Oakton High School student is far from alone in her fears about the planet’s future. Millennials and members of Generation Z acknowledge in greater numbers than their forebears that humans contribute to climate change. In recent years, high school students across Fairfax County, Va., have lobbied local officials to install solar panels at schools — a movement that struck success when the Fairfax County School Board approved plans in January to install the panels at three schools.

How Schools Can Create a Safe Environment for Muslim Students

How can schools create an environment where Muslim students feel safe and respected? How can schools prevent and address anti-Muslim bullying, rhetoric, and activity, both in the classroom and in the school community? And how can schools offer students support after traumatic events such as the attacks at a mosque in New Zealand? Here is a collection of resources on the topic and ideas on how to use books and author interviews to foster empathy and spark dialogue; we'll add new resources as they become available.

This Northern Va. student won the $250,000 prize in a top science competition

In sixth grade, Ana Humphrey attended the nation's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition and was inspired after speaking with a student who claimed the top prize that year. Humphrey left that year with dreams of conducting her own research. On Tuesday night, at a black-tie gala inside a soaring hall at the National Building Museum in Washington, the 18-year-old from the city of Alexandria, Va., was awarded the $250,000 top prize at the Regeneron Science Talent Search. Humphrey is the only student from her high school in at least the past decade to place in the competition’s top 10.

Zimbabweans Unite to Ease Cyclone Idai's Effects

Zimbabweans have started raising funds and donating goods to provide relief to those who have been affected by Cyclone Idai, which the government says has killed nearly 100 people and displaced hundreds. The government says people are wary of who receives the donations.

Filipino teachers had to leave Baltimore amid new U.S. immigration policies. Now, most are back.

As the end of the school year approached last June, two dozen Filipino teachers packed up their lives, their children and all their belongings. Their visas were expiring, forcing them to move back to a country they hadn’t called home for years and leave behind the students they cherished in Baltimore. Now, after months of advocacy, most of them have been allowed to return — and they are back in their positions in Baltimore classrooms.