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WaPo's McCartney: D.C.'s Bond Rating and Pepco's Performance During Irene

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of some of this week's top news including a possible downgrade in the District's bond rating and Pepco's performance during Hurricane Irene.

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Commentary by Mike Tidwell: Saying "No" To The Tar Sands Pipeline

Mike Tidwell is the director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network -- and he says it's an especially appropriate time to consider our relationship to the environment.

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Youth Voices: Losing One's Identity, Finding Another

Where we call home is crucial to our sense of identity. But what if you were adopted from another country and never knew your parents or lived in your native home?

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Katherine Bradley: A Great Teacher Inspired and Inspiring

Katherine Bradley is the co-founder and president of the City Bridge Foundation, focused on building a strong system of traditional public and charter schools in the District. She says she owes her drive and success to an inspirational teacher.

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Youth Voices: Rohjanae Mathis

Dreams don't always come true, and for commentator Rohjanae Mathis, that's a lesson she's just now learning as she gets ready to leave behind her childhood friends to head off to college.

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Commentary By Karim Kai Ani: Students Need Better Math Instructions

The back-to-school season kicks off in the District today. Schools in Maryland and Virginia will soon follow. Commentator Karim Kai Ani says we should pay close attention to the kind of math instruction students receive when they arrive.

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Youth Voices: Rohjanae Mathis

No matter whether it's feathered, permed or stick-straight, hair is an important element when it comes to style. But for commentator Rohjanae Mathis, her new "do" means so much more. Rohjanae talks about how she learned to embrace her natural beauty, and in turn gain a new found freedom.

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Consider This By Fred Fiske: English

One of the first things my grandparents did when they arrived in the United States toward the end of the 19th century, was to enroll in an Americanization school, where they were taught American history and especially, to read and write in English.

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Youth Voices: Lewis Reining

Countless wistful students have sat bored in class, wishing they had a machine to transport them beyond the schoolyard gates. Commentator Lewis Reining got to build one, and says what he learned during the process rivaled some of the science and math lessons he sat through in high school.

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WaPo's McCartney: Walmart's Charitable Donations, Virginia Schools Fail To Meet Federal Benchmarks

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest news in the region, including Walmart's continued donations to chartable programs in the District and Virginia's failure to meet federal education benchmarks under the 'No Child Left Behind' law.

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