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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.


Rapid Learners: How Pixar Animators Created A Very Scary River

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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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