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O'Malley Will Put More Money Aside For School Construction

Maryland's General Assembly is back in session on Wednesday, and Governor Martin O'Malley has made increased funding for school construction projects a priority.

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NoVA School Officials See Pros And Cons To McDonnell Plan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing big changes for Virginia's public schools, and the plan is getting mixed reivews from Northern Virginia school officials.


Classes Teach Soldiers To Be 'Army Strong'

Two years ago, the U.S. Army launched a program to teach soldiers how to be emotionally and psychologically strong. This week, the Army released a review of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. Host Rachel Martin speaks with the program's director, Brig. Gen. James Pasquarette, and Sgt. 1st Class Michael Ballard, a resiliency trainer in the program, about what it takes to prepare troops mentally for combat.

N.Y. Suspends Federal Grants For 10 School Districts

New York state announced this week that it has suspended millions of dollars in federal grants for 10 school districts because they failed to reach agreements over new evaluations for teachers and principals. New York City schools could lose $60 million.

Threatened In Tucson: Mexican American Studies

An Arizona administrative law judge recently ruled that a program in Tucson's public schools violates a state law banning classes that 'promote resentment toward a race or class of people.' But program supporters say the courses teach a neglected history and inspire Latino students to excel. The Los Angeles Times' Stephen Ceasar has reported this issue and speaks with host Michel Martin.