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Former DCPS Chancellor Outlines National Goals

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Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of D.C. Public Schools has details on how she thinks the nation's schools can be fixed.

Some of the top priorities outlined by Rhee's new advocacy group, Students First, sound familiar: Paying excellent teachers more, eliminating tenure and basing employment decisions on effectiveness, not seniority.

She's also wants parents to consent before their children are placed with teachers rated as ineffective, and in the case of failing schools, to allow parents to vote to change the school's leadership or to turn it into a charter school.

Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, criticized Rhee's agenda saying it was an "oversimplified choice" and she is still creating what Weingarten calls "a narrative of good guys and bad guys" in education.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the last few years, that has started to change. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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Koch Brothers Gather Conservative Donors To Hear GOP Candidates

The Koch brothers' political network of wealthy donors this weekend auditioned five GOP presidential candidates, another sign of billionaires' increasing political clout.
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Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

Young entrepreneurs in Africa boast that they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.

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