For many teachers, job uncertainty is one of the biggest downsides of their profession.
Recent estimates from the American Association of School Administrators show that about a quarter-million educators could face layoffs in the coming year as states cut education spending in an effort to balance their budgets. That has left many teachers wondering where their next paycheck will come from.
Two of those teachers facing uncertainty are in Los Angeles, where as many as 1,600 teachers and staff may lose their jobs this summer.
This month, NPR is examining the many ways China is expanding its reach in the world — through investments, infrastructure, military power and more. In this installment, a tale of two Chinatowns in very different circumstances — one in Nigeria and the other in the Italian town of Prato.
Now, in the heart of the baseball season, a time of NBA and NHL championships, another fabulous Nadal-Federer final, the start of golf's U.S. Open, the lockouts — continued and impending — in the NFL and the NBA, one name in sport still stands above the rest: ESPN.
Of course, the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader in Sports always bestrides the athletic world like a colossus, but in the astrology of sport, this June has even more so been under the sign of the behemoth.
Wisconsin Public Radio's Shawn Johnson tells Melissa Block about the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision allowing a controversial law — which curbs public employee union bargaining rights — to go into effect.
House Speaker John Boehner wrote to President Obama on Tuesday demanding to know on what grounds the president ordered the U.S. intervention in Libya.
Boehner's letter focused more on how Obama went about committing U.S. military assets in Libya and less on whether such military action was justified. He noted that under the War Powers Resolution, a president has 60 days to seek formal authorization from Congress after engaging in a conflict.
It may be months before Republican voters actually get the chance to determine who their nominee to be.
But President Obama's re-election team can't wait that long to get their opposition research team going; they've already winnowed the Republican field down to the three GOP candidates they most fear, according to Sam Youngman of The Hill. An excerpt:
Over the weekend, Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton, one-time cycling teammates, had a confrontation at a Colorado restaurant. Now, the AP reports, the FBI has asked the restaurant to hand over surveillance tape.
The AP calls it a major victory for Republican Gov. Scott Walker: Wisconsin's Supreme Court has overruled a lower court and said that the controversial union rights law can go into effect.
The AP reports:
Gov. Scott Walker pushed the law that eliminates most of public employees' collective bargaining rights and forces them to pay more for their health and pension benefits. He says it's needed for the state to address its budget problems.
The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday that looks at terrorist recruitment inside the walls of American jails and prisons. The last time New York Congressman Peter King (R) examined radicalization among Muslims, he generated a huge backlash from religious and civil rights groups.
But people who study prisons said the number of criminals who turn to extremism behind bars is small but worrisome. And they all point to the same case to open the conversation.