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In Defense Of Teach For America

Teach for America is drawing criticism from some education policy observers who say its training for new recruits is rushed and incomplete. The organization, however, vigorously defends its record. Host Michel Martin speaks with Heather Harding of Teach for America about the program's challenges and its future.
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McDonnell Gives Thanks To UVA President

Gov. Bob McDonnell is expressing his gratitude toward University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, who announced her resignation Sunday.

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UVA President Teresa Sullivan Steps Down

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan is leaving her position, effective Aug. 15.

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D.C. Students Learn Value Of Composting

Some students say a new composting program at D.C. schools is helping transform yesterday's trash into a greener future.

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The Winning Answer To A Burning Question

Alan Alda challenged scientists to explain what a flame is to an 11-year-old. Three months and more than 800 entries later he is back with the winner of the contest. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the winning entry and why the contest was an effective exercise in science communication.
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Calif. Schools Try Out A Gentler Form Of Discipline

Teachers and school administrators in Richmond, Calif., dramatically reduced student suspensions by adopting a youth court program and other new approaches to discipline. But critics of the new approach say dropping traditional punishment could compromise school safety.
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'Playing Politics' With Interest Rates On Student Loans

Federal interest rates on student loans are set to double on July 1, unless Congress takes action. Area Republicans claim President Obama is playing politics with legislation aimed at ensuring that doesn't happen.

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