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Alexandria School Board Delays Vote

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In Virginia, parents of public-school students in Alexandria are voicing concerns about a proposal to lengthen the school year and add time to the school day. Now school board members have postponed a vote scheduled for Thursday night.

The delay comes as an increasing number of parents are raising questions about how the proposal would work and how teachers would be compensated.

Superintendent Morton Sherman says adding time is needed to raise student achievement, but many parents complained that the process was rushed and lacked input from the community. So Sherman is headed back to the drawing board to draft a new proposal, which will be presented at PTA meetings in the coming weeks.

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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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People who text while walking change their pace and seem to walk more cautiously, a study says. But that doesn't mean you're not a menace to yourself and others.

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