Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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12:11pm

Thu May 30, 2013
Education

Families and teachers fight for individualized special education from public schools

Bell tower at San Francisco's Mission High School
Under CC license from Flickr user maltman23

For the past two months, KALW has spoken to families making their way through the special education system here in the Bay Area. A similar thread between all the families has surfaced: having advocates helping you navigate the system makes the special education waters a little less rough.

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5:50pm

Wed May 29, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 29, 2013

New solutions to old problems at Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland, re-framing the way we talk about education reform, a Hear Here about an anime club, and local musicians The Sycamore Slough.

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5:21pm

Wed May 29, 2013
Education

Roosevelt Middle School and the recipe for a good education

Roosevelt Middle School

What is the recipe for a good education and a great school?  That is the question that drives Oakland Public High School Principal, Cliff Hong.

Hong is at the helm of Roosevelt Middle School in the San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland, which has about 650 students.

Mills College student and KALW reporter Karen Gordon met Hong a year ago, when he was in his second year as principal of Roosevelt Middle School. 

KAREN GORDON:  What is the recipe for a good education and a great school?

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4:57pm

Wed May 29, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: Throwing more money at police

Oakland already directs a larger percentage of its budget to police than comparable cities nationwide, yet it's planning to spend even more money without demanding reforms.

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4:29pm

Wed May 29, 2013
Education

Is the rebirth of a great American school system happening in San Francisco?

David Kirp is professor of public policy at UC Berkeley and the author of: “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools.”

Schools and districts around the country are looking for ways to improve learning and safety for their students. And author David Kirp’s new book, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System, tackles just that topic. He says we have to start with the way we think about education reform – and that means reforming the way we talk about it. He spoke about this with KALW’s Holly Kernan.

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