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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11:49am

Wed May 29, 2013
Education

"Flowcabulary" and other lessons from one Oakland special ed. teacher

Stevie Evans with her students

Special education is no stranger to California news. This past winter, a special education teacher in Oakland was accused of beating one of her students. The story got a lot of local media attention. But what about the majority of special education teachers not caught up in litigation, working every day to serve the 10 percent of all California students in these programs? What’s a day like like for them?

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6:34pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Education

Putting a price on special education

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As we consider the world of special education, the voices of school administrators – the people who help determine where district dollars go – are extremely valuable. Right now, sequestration threatens to cut millions of dollars in funding for special education. In San Francisco, that means a cut of roughly $3.8 million in federal funds starting this fall. That funding was previously used for child nutrition and early education programs – and it will now need to be found elsewhere in the district’s already tight budget.

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5:09pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 28, 2013

The beginning of our series on teaching kids with learning disabilities: Elmhurst Community Prep Middle School in East Oakland, and an interview with SFUSD board president Rachel Norton. Plus local musicians Black Mahal.

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12:59pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Black Mahal

Today's local music is Black Mahal, featuring the Godfather of Punjabi-American music, Ustad Lai Singh Bhatti. Black Mahal isn’t a band, it’s an experience! They say they represent the new California feel – hippy hybrid hip-hop. You can experience this musical-theatrical mash-up on Thursday, May 30th, as part of this year’s Yerba Buena Gardens Festival of free music. They’ll perform from 12:30 to 1:30 in the afternoon.

 

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4:32pm

Sat May 25, 2013
Arts & Culture

Written on the Dock of the Bay: May 25, 2013

The cover of Lisa Hanawalt's Dirty Dumb Eyes

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.

Saturday, May 25

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