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Pay Raises, Full-Day Kindergarten On Agenda For Fairfax Schools Hearings

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Each year the school board passes a budget in late winter -- but then plays a waiting game -- because much depends on how big of a money transfer county supervisors decide to give the school district.

This spring, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decided to give the school district virtually the same amount of money it got last year -- $42 million less than the school board had requested.

School board members say they're still committed to the first district-wide pay increase in two years, but some suggest the goal of a 2 percent market scale increase may have to be reduced to a 1 percent increase. Step increases for eligible employees are being discussed as well.

The board must also decide whether it can afford to implement full-day kindergarten in all elementary schools this fall -- or spread the process out over two years.

Fairfax residents get their last chance to weigh in on the budget this week at a public hearing Tuesday evening.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

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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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. We get an update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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