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Former DCPS Chancellor Outlines National Goals

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Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of D.C. Public Schools has details on how she thinks the nation's schools can be fixed.

Some of the top priorities outlined by Rhee's new advocacy group, Students First, sound familiar: Paying excellent teachers more, eliminating tenure and basing employment decisions on effectiveness, not seniority.

She's also wants parents to consent before their children are placed with teachers rated as ineffective, and in the case of failing schools, to allow parents to vote to change the school's leadership or to turn it into a charter school.

Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, criticized Rhee's agenda saying it was an "oversimplified choice" and she is still creating what Weingarten calls "a narrative of good guys and bad guys" in education.

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Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Tunde Wey wanted to share the food of his West African childhood. So he crossed the U.S. by bus, hosting pop-up dinners along the way. But Wey, like many immigrants, found success can unravel quickly.
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Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Fast-food restaurants are often demonized as the epitome of unhealthfulness. But a study suggests sit-down joints may be no better when it comes to sodium, saturated fat and the risk of overeating.
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New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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