Peabody Awards Shine Light on Struggling High Schools

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Tough high schools seemed to be in favor this year, at least among the judges of one of the most prestigious award for broadcast and electronic media. 

The 2014 Peabody Awards honored three reports about schools facing poverty, crime and serious educational challenges. They included This American Life’s two-part feature on Harper High School in Chicago which aired on public radio stations across the country as well as 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School shown on Public Broadcasting Service television stations.

The third award winner was Best Kept Secret, also shown on PBS, which featured a Newark, N.J., school with an "unexpectedly exemplary program for autistic and other special-needs students," according to the Peabody announcement of the winners.