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D.C. Charter Schools Pioneer Steps Down

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Baker was an award-winning educator in D.C.'s traditional public schools for 25 years before she began her work with charter schools when they were first authorized by Congress in 1996.

The District now has more than 50 charter schools serving nearly 40 percent of D.C.'s public school students. Baker says she's most proud of her work in improving the oversight of charter schools.

"While we don't have a magic wand so say any school we charter will be successful, we do the oversight to make sure they are providing strong education for children," she says.

Baker says finding buildings for charter schools is still a challenge. She also says they need to access more foundation money and partner with outside organizations. ]

Jeremy Williams, the board's director of business oversight, will serve as interim executive director role until a search committee selects a permanent executive director.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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