Cheating Teachers and Failing Hospitals

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

standardized test A struggling Atlanta school began cheating to improve the school's ranking so it wouldn't be closed. (Copyright: Chad McDermott/Shutterstock)

New Yorker staff writer Rachel Aviv investigates a widespread, long-term culture of cheating among educators in Atlanta’s public-school district—and the pressure that test score targets put on schools. Director Adam Kahan discusses his documentary about the one-of-a-kind instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Edan Lepucki talks about her debut novel, California, which imagines a frighteningly realistic dystopian future. Plus, we’ll examine the distressed healthcare system in Brooklyn and find out why so many of the borough’s hospitals are struggling.

Why Teachers Decided Cheating Was the Right Thing to Do

When faced with what they saw as out of reach, data-driven district targets, school district administrators and teachers in Atlanta began fixing students’ wrong answers on standardized tests.

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Racism, Blindness and Paralysis Could Not Stop the Unrelenting Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk fought for racial equality and for fair treatment of disabled persons, started a political movement to get more jazz on television, and even though half of his body was paralyzed by a stroke, he continued to perform until the day he died.

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California: A Dystopian Novel by Edan Lepucki

The writer talks about her debut novel, which got the Colbert bump.

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Can Anything Resuscitate Brooklyn’s Ailing Hospitals?

Long Island College Hospital was closed this year, emergency funding has kept Interfaith from closing, and a 2011 state report has identified at least three other Brooklyn hospitals on the brink of financial collapse.

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