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D.C. Area Schools Win Blue Ribbon Status


Several local schools are the latest recipients of one of education's highest honors — blue ribbon status. The award is given by the U.S. Department of Education for high performance and high improvement.

Local winners of this year's blue ribbon awards include D.C.'s McKinley Tech, the only public high school on the list, and elementary schools Rachel Carson in Gaithersburg and Whitehall in Bowie.

But Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a point of singling out Arlington Traditional School, which has now won blue ribbon honor twice within ten years.

"We say that great schools don't happen by chance," says Principal Holly Hawthorne. "They happen by design, and we think we have a pretty good design."

She says it's the As, Bs, and Cs... A is for academics, B is for behavior, and C is for character.

"It's pretty simple," she says. "You know, not only do we want kids to use their brains and to work hard, but we also know that we have to have students and produce citizens with strong character."

Some of the other awardees are Saint Peter's School in Olney, and Blessed Sacrament School in the District.


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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