The "Cloud Of Uncertainty" Lesson

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The "Cloud Of Uncertainty" Lesson

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A teacher gets outed as a closet white supremacist. What does it say about schools that she was able to get a teaching job in the first place? Plus, the DACA program has not ended but students receiving the special protective status are still anxious about their futures. We talk with three DACA recipients about what life is like under a cloud of uncertainty. And, what did our teachers learn from the success of the West Virginia teacher's strike? 

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The "Affordable Housing" Lesson

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The "Affordable Housing" Lesson

Indianapolis is offering cheap housing in order to entice teachers to stay. Hear why our teachers think that's not such a good idea. Also, The Betsy Breakdown is back: our Secretary of Education has been laying low, but we have a lot to talk about in this new year. Those topics plus, how are our teachers staying healthy during this flu season? Those answers and more on this edition of the podcast. 

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Extra Credit: What NPR's Education Reporter Is Expecting In 2018

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Extra Credit: What NPR's Education Reporter Is Expecting In 2018

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2017 was by all accounts a crazy year in the news, and by the way 2018 has started it doesn't seem like we're in for much of a break. Earlier this month, NPR Education Reporter Claudio Sanchez made four education predictions for this year, you can find his full article here. We talked to Sanchez about what he's expecting for education in 2018. 

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The "Puerto Rico" Lesson

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The "Puerto Rico" Lesson

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We talk with staff members and students from a school in Puerto Rico that recently went viral after a video of their power coming back on spread across the internet. We talk with them about what the last few months have been like literally learning in the dark. Plus, a new report shows American schools are still profoundly unequal. Our teachers discuss the infuriating reasons why.

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The "S—hole" Lesson

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The "S—hole" Lesson

The President says another offensive thing, but our teachers say this time is incredibly different. Plus, a lot of states are dealing with the same education issues such as teacher shortages and school funding. We get a preview of 2018 from an education reporter who covers statehouses across the country. Then, turns out stress actually changes your student's brains. Our teachers discuss what you can do about that.

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The "Union Thug" Lesson

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The "Union Thug" Lesson

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What do children of color think about America a year into Donald Trump's Presidency? Their responses paint a bleak picture for our country's future. Plus, outrage over a youtube star's video showing the body of a suicide victim has us thinking: what exactly are kids watching online? And, a conservative political action group goes after a teacher's union in Michigan. The union representative on our show says, bring it on.

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The "Net Neutrality" Lesson

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The "Net Neutrality" Lesson

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A new poll reveals the political beliefs of teachers. The real question is, how should whether a teacher is Democrat or Republican affect their work in class? Also, we've marked a sad anniversary: five years since the Sandy Hook school shooting. We ask our teachers what the legacy of that tragedy is still today. Finally, are teachers as worried as the rest of the internet about Net Neutrality?

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The "CHIP Funding" Lesson

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The "CHIP Funding" Lesson

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Washington D.C. is crazy right now, but we draw your attention to an emerging problem that could affect your kids: federal CHIP funding. Plus, the Senate passes its version of a massive tax overhaul, and they not only keep the teacher classroom supplies deduction but double it. Our teachers say, nice try. Also, a new study from Stanford gives us a school evaluation tool that our teaches say is better than test scores.

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