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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Christmas Culture; (Male) Managers; Poet Claudia Rankine

Friday, December 19, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: the cultural histories of Santa and Christmas; how to be a better (male) manager; and poet Claudia Rankine.
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King Agrees with Governor on Need to Change Teacher Evaluations

Friday, December 19, 2014

WNYC
Education commissioner John King may have one foot out the door as he departs for a new job in Washington, but he's still calling for further reforms in New York State.
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Rejected by Religion, Saved by God

Friday, December 19, 2014

When Kedar Powell came out as gay, his religious father sent him away. But his deep faith sustained (and perhaps saved) him, even through homelessness.
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Cuomo Letter Outlines 'Aggressive' Education Plans, Seeks Input from State Leaders

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WNYC
Gov. Andrew Cuomo questioned the credibility of the teacher evaluation system, after only 1 percent of teachers received the lowest possible ratings.
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Success Charter Schools Secure More City Space

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WNYC
Mayor de Blasio's administration avoided another feud with charter school leader Eva Moskowitz by agreeing to site more of her schools inside city public schools.
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Leonard Lopate Weekend: "The Talk," Billy Joe Shaver & Richard Pryor's Comedic Genius

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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New Year's Eve Streetcar Ride In D.C.? Maybe, But No Promises

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The final round of safety documentation has begun, and there's a chance — a chance — that the system's opening could squeak in under the 2014 wire.
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New York City Continues Modest Climb in High School Graduation Rates

Thursday, December 18, 2014

More students who started high school in the fall of 2010 finished in four years than those the year before, with the city's graduation rate just over 64 percent. 
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Religious Huckster or Humanitarian?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hector the Inventor says he escaped death three times due to divine intervention, so now he's selling homemade inventions—like an "advanced baby walker"—so he can aid the poor.
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In Record Year, D.C. Builds Nine Miles Of Bike Lanes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The District, which is marking a record year for bike lane construction, now has a total of 69 lanes.
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MTA To Combat Subway Delays With 'Platform Conductors'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ridership on the New York City subway is booming — and so are delays.
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Mayor De Blasio's Charter School Dilemma

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WNYC
With more charter schools seeking space in public school buildings, the mayor of New York City has a week left to announce his policy for choosing the winners and the losers.
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Making Pre-K Teachers Better through Coaching

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WNYC
New York City has hired more coaches to help pre-k teachers.... but are there enough of them to ensure quality?
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Most NYC Teachers Get High Ratings in New Evaluation System

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Despite the controversy over the new teacher evaluation system, it did not result in many more city teachers getting bad marks. It's more nuanced than that.
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The NYPD Doesn't Publicize Traffic Deaths a Quarter of the Time

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A homeless man, killed in a hit and run, was almost forgotten.  A WNYC investigation found his was one of 69 traffic deaths police didn't publicize, leaving crimes unsolved.
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City Agrees to Stop Schools from Using 911 for Discipline

Monday, December 15, 2014

WNYC
New York City has settled a lawsuit that claimed the public schools relied too heavily on the 911 emergency number when disciplining disruptive students. 
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A Girl with Down Syndrome Takes Her Place in the Community

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hema Ramaswamy has Down syndrome, but that didn’t stop her from rigorously studying Indian classical dance for years, and giving a grueling solo performance before hundreds. 
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PR Expert to Muslims: Face Your Haters

Monday, December 15, 2014

As the Western world continues to grapple with the perceived threats of extremist Islam, American Muslims weigh in.
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A War on Christmas? Not in New York City

Monday, December 15, 2014

In multicultural New York City, even non-Christians get a kick out of the holiday spirit.  Micropolis talks to Aasif Mandvi, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and Hasidic Jews from Borough Park.
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The Hare Krishnas Are Back, Thanks to Occupy Wall Street

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hare Krishnas were once seen as aggressive, in-your-face zealots. After practically vanishing from the streets of New York, they've returned — in a kinder, gentler incarnation. 
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