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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5:34pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Education

What does election season mean for Bay Area schools?

Flickr user Max Wolfe

California’s public education system is facing serious challenges. Continuing cuts to funding are fueling changes in many districts around the Bay, like school closures and arts and PE being cut. Two state tax initiatives on the November ballot would partially solve this public school funding crisis. So as we roll into a new school year, we’ve asked education reporter Jen Chien to talk to help us understand what’s happening.

Click the player above to listen to the full report.

5:31pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Education

Students scale back dreams due to economic reality

Crosscurrents summer intern and Burton High School incoming senior, Buffy Almendares

The first time I really noticed budget cuts was when I was a sophomore. My brother Aress was a senior at John O’Connell High School – and quite enthusiastic about going to Chico or San Diego State. My other brother Mario had applied and was accepted to Ex'pression College in the East Bay, a private school. While Aress received the letter for financial aid and added up all the scholarship money, Mario applied for a loan so he could afford to go to his school of choice. Both of them ended up with what seemed like a great deal of money, my family was really happy.

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5:21pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: August 13, 2012

Budget cuts to California's education system, a high school student's take on the education cuts, getting an education through Wikipedia, another Hear Here where we meet Ben Nelson, comedian Will Durst on the Obama's Election Year Decathlon, and local musicians The Blind Willies.

4:35pm

Mon August 13, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Documentary shows teenage politicians growing up post 9/11

The game of politics makes some people gag. But for others, it’s what they live for.

Meet DJ, Ben and Nick — the protagonists of the new documentary “Follow the Leader,” which just received a $27,000 boost on Kickstarter.

The film follows these young men from the age of 16 through their first year in college. At age 16, all three have political ambitions to be national leaders.

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4:11pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Education

Some colleges take a chance on Wikipedia

Much of the information young people receive is increasingly, if not exclusively, supplied by the Internet. A big part of this influx of information is from the website Wikipedia. The English-language version of the web-based encyclopedia has more than four million entries – and it is consistently ranked as one of the most visited websites in the world. In the last few years, Wikipedia has started spreading to college classrooms, but not without its share of controversies and concerns.

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