Frat Bans Pledging; Aging Infrastructure; Public Advocate on Charter Schools

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a major fraternity, has announced that it will ban pledging. We’ll hear why and what it means for Greek life in area campuses. Plus: New York City Public Advocate Letitia James explains why she has brought a lawsuit against the co-location of charter schools with existing district schools. Then, Ami Ayalon, former commander of the Israeli Navy, talks about why he supports a two-state solution; the findings of a Center for an Urban Future report on aging infrastructure in our area; and how a student’s GPA compares to their SAT score when applying to college.

Tish James: This Isn't About Charters, It's About Co-Location

Though she insists that she "believes in school choice," New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is pushing a lawsuit to block the co-location of 36 charter schools approved by Mayor de Blasio.

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Report: Our Infrastructure is Really Not Great

Much of New York City's infrastructure, from subways to homeless shelters to hospitals, is in dire need of repair or upgrades. What's to be done?

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America's "Deadliest Frat" Bans Pledging

Saying that "the days of second-class citizens are over" and comparing fraternity pledging to Apartheid, the governing body for Sigma Alpha Epsilon has announced that it will ban pledging in its on-campus chapters. Brandon Weghorst, spokespoerson for Sigma Alpha Epsilon, discusses the proposed changes. Then Bloomberg News's David Glovin, who authored an investigation last year that called SAE the "deadliest US frat," explains whether the changes will have an affect on Greek life in general.

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Admiral Ayalon on the Two-State Solution

Ami Ayalon, former commander of the Israeli Navy and former director of the security service Shin Bet, explains why he supports a two-state solution and what role American Jews have in the resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Some critics of the SAT argue that GPA is a better predictor of a student's success in college than a standardized test. After last week's news about changes to the SAT (and as families get their high school acceptance notices this week), Eric Hoover, senior writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, explains how students from different high schools are evaluated, and how much the SAT really matters anyway.

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