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The Hill | Promo

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America Reframed
PBS


Set upon building a new school, New Haven claims eminent domain over the Upper Hill neighborhood. With community leaders and a lawyer, a group of neighbors, mostly low-income African-American families, take the case to court. The Hill is a fascinating look at the complex issues surrounding urban planning, gentrification and economic renewal. Continue


TTC Extra: Women & Minorities Speaking First in Class

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To The Contrary
PBS


A panel of professors at a Canadian university think that, by rule, women & minority students should be called on before white males. They say this will help fight misogyny and racism. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Sabrina Schaeffer, Debra Carnahan, Francesca Chambers Continue


Evolution of a Criminal: Juvenile Justice Quiz

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Independent Lens
PBS


Try your hand at this challenging but informative quiz on juvenile justice in the USA, in conjunction with the television premiere of Darius Clark Monroe's documentary Evolution of a Criminal. The film is about his own past transgression as a juvenile bankrobber, despite having previously been a good student. This quiz will illuminate some shocking stats about juvenile crime. Continue


Is the new GED test an educational improvement or setback?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


An overhaul of the GED to meet Common Core standards has made the high school equivalency test more rigorous and more expensive. As a result, fewer people are taking and passing it. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Randy Trask of the GED Testing Service and Lecester Johnson of Academy of Hope about what the changes mean. Continue


What news stories mattered to students this year?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A contest sponsored by PBS Newshour Extra and Google asked students to create a digital mash-up looking back at 2014. Judy Woodruff talks with three high schoolers who entered the #MyZeitgeist competition about deciding what events made their year-in-review videos and how their generation gets its news. Continue


University President Freeman Hrabowski

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The UMBC president describes his successful efforts in nurturing a new generation of leaders in science, math, engineering and technology. Continue


The United States of Ferguson

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Moyers & Company
PBS


In the wake of decisions by grand juries in both Missouri and New York’s Staten Island not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African-Americans, this week we present an encore broadcast of Bill’s conversation earlier this year with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. Continue


Can Philadelphia schools innovate to escape crisis?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Philadelphia public schools are facing serious funding troubles, as well as overcrowding and other issues. But the city’s competitive Science Leadership Academy, where the curriculum is based on student-driven project learning, is a great success. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on a superintendent’s effort to use the SLA as a model for reforming traditional schools. Continue


Frats & Assault; Debunking Opting Out; Erdogan & Inequality

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To The Contrary
PBS


Frats & Assault: UVA suspends all fraternity related activity after an alleged gang rape occurs at a frat house. Debunking "Opting Out": new study shows women are no longer "opting out". Erdogan & Inequality: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan states women and men can never be equal. PANEL: Erin Matson; Darlene Kennedy; Anushay Hossain; Karin Agness Continue


The Foreign Service: In Search of Diversity

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To The Contrary
PBS


Foreign Service Officers are the face of America around the world. At a time in the not so distant past, FSOs were almost always white, middle to upper class and from the Northeast. Today, there are more women and minorities, but they are underrepresented. The State Department is working to remake the institution into one that looks like America today; diverse and multi-cultural. Continue


White House Pay Gap; Microcredit & Poverty; Anonymous

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To The Contrary
PBS


White House Pay Gap: Are women in the White House paid fairly? Microcredit & Poverty: Is microcredit living up to expectations as a tool for poverty reduction? Anonymous: Does the secretive hacking group help or hurt women? PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Sabrina Schaeffer, Debra Carnahan, Francesca Chambers Continue


180 Days: Hartsville Teaser

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180 Days
PBS


In this second series of the Peabody Award winning documentary we leave the urban school district for a small town called Hartsville in rural South Carolina, where an entire town is trying to make an exceptional use of their elementary school system. Continue


Abortion Debate; Involved Fathers; UN Women: Beijing+20

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To The Contrary
PBS


Abortion Debate: A Texas law requiring clinic upgrades reignites debate. Involved Fathers: Involved dads are more satisfied with their jobs than involved moms. Beijing+20: UN Women Executive Dir. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka discusses the progress made towards empowerment. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Genevieve Wood; Erin Matson; Rina Shah Continue


Schools learn to cope with influx of undocumented teens

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Ever since a surge of unaccompanied minors crossed the U.S. border last year, many California schools have seen a flood of undocumented teens. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports on how one school is learning to adapt to their new students and how Obama’s immigration announcement may change education systems nationwide. Continue


Sexual Assault; Pregnancy Discrimination; Kids Gone Wild

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To The Contrary
PBS


Sexual Assault: What did we learn from the NFL's response to players misconduct, the UVA rape scandal, and the White House taskforce against campus rape? Pregnancy Discrimination: A former employee says Walmart discriminated against her. Kids Gone Wild: A look at the truth behind the hype surrounding teens & sex. PANEL: Francesca Chambers; Jennifer Marshall; Patricia Sosa; Avis Jones-DeWeever Continue


TTC Extra: Women in Manufacturing

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To The Contrary
PBS


Manufacturing companies are trying to lure women to take jobs in the industrial sector. They hope that by hiring more women, they will produce products which are more appealing to female consumers. PANEL: Megan Beyer; Genevieve Wood; Darlene Kennedy; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Continue


Can innovative schools be all-inclusive in Philadelphia?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Can schools that enroll students of all skill levels use the same methods as more academically selective programs? In the second half of our report on Philadelphia’s public schools, special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on the city’s U School, a neighborhood school that’s copying the project-based learning curriculum of some of the city’s more exclusive charter schools. Continue


How teachers can talk to students about Ferguson

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The events in Ferguson have sparked discussions in homes and communities, including schools. Correspondent Jeffrey Brown speaks with #FergusonSyllabus creator Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University and Liz Collins of Washington Latin Public Charter School on how teachers can use Missouri history and the role of the media to teach and discuss what is happening in Ferguson. Continue


The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

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Moyers & Company
PBS


In this turbulent midterm election year, two academics -- Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout -- left the classroom and confronted the reality of down-and-dirty politics, attempting to replace moneyed interests with the public interest. Neither was successful – this year, at least – but on this week’s show, Bill speaks with them about the hard-fought lessons learned on the state of American. Continue


A veteran’s tough love message to at-risk kids

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Do vets coming home from the horrors of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have something unusual to teach the young people of today? If you listen to West Point graduate and retired Lt. Col. David Oclander, who is now a teacher and principal-in-training at an inner-city Chicago charter school, there's no doubt they do. Continue


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