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Henderson Plans To Look Beyond Tests To Measure DCPS Progress

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Henderson calls standardized tests "incredibly important." But she says she'll also look at other markers of success, including enrollment.

"It means families are voting with their feet, and have a level of confidence in the District in our ability to serve their children," she says. "I think we have to look at our attendance rates, which are up slightly. The more we can keep children in school, the better our chances of being successful with them. I think graduation rates are important."

Henderson worked closely with former Chancellor Michelle Rhee and was instrumental in negotiating the new teacher union contract and designing a teacher evaluation system.

Gray says he did not ask his selection panel to consider anyone else, saying he spoke to teachers and parents, observed Henderson at community meetings and "relied heavily" on his own judgment.

Henderson still has to be confirmed by city council members.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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