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RAW Education News Radio is BAM's public affairs channel. Think C-SPAN Radio with more meat and less fat. Tune in to listen to recorded discussions with leading educators, education reporters, government officials and legislators condensed and edited for busy educators, advocates, journalists and education leaders.

Why Schools Cannot Do It Alone

 Jamie Vollmer, Jay Mathews, Valerie Strauss, Debra Viadero, David Bloomfield

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Jamie Vollmer is part of a class of education advocates who come from the business world. Though many professional educators dismiss what these increasingly influential advocates have to say, Jamie's message about how to get support for education reform has captured the interest of professional educators in high places. Listen to his key ideas followed by a reality check by our panel.

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Pre-K Testing and Accountability Coming to a Community Near You

Joan Lombardi. Roberto Rodriguez , Jacqueline Jones

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The Obama Administration just released proposed competition criteria for the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge, directed at preschool and kindergarten children. Pre-K testing will be part of the initiative. How will this program impact teachers, caregivers and early learning providers? What kinds of tests will preschool teachers have to administer to young children under this new program? What new criteria will be set in place for the early childhood work force?

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Education Secretary Duncan Takes Tough Questions on Plans for Flexibility on NCLB

Education Secretary Arne Duncan

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The Secretary of Education says the time has come to fix No Child Left Behind by any means necessary. In this segment he outlines a plan to waive elements of the regulations. Joined by two staff members, Secretary Duncan outlines which elements of NCLB may be negotiable and which will not. Finally, the staff answers tough questions from education reporters from around the nation.

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Education Budget Cuts: Teachers or Students, Who Will Feel The Most Pain?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan

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A state education funding crisis is looming. How will it impact students and teachers? How will states juggle available funds? In this segment Education Secretary Arne Duncan outlines opportunities for flexible use of federal education dollars and weighs in on teacher layoffs, program cuts and essential priorities.

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Head Start Advocates Take Budget Battle to the Streets, on the Air and to Facebook and Twitter

Ron Herndon with Tommy Sherriden

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The battle is old but some of the tactics are new. Head Start has faced threats of budget cuts many times before. But this time they have added new media and social media to their arsenal of tools to mobilize their supporters and apply pressure to legislators. In this NHSA Radio segment, the chairman of the board for the National Head Start Association goes on the air to offer three things operators, parents and advocates can do to save Head Start from devastating budget cuts. How will a new crop of legislators respond to a new kind of of public pressure accelerated and amplified by new media and social media?

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