Amid criticism from education reform advocates who say many teacher preparation programs provide poor training, a national organization is conducting a review of more than 1,000 programs to help aspiring teachers choose from the best. This consumer guide for prospective teachers — conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality — will be published in U.S. News and World Report next year.
But many schools of education say the effort is misguided, and they are threatening to scuttle the project.
On Tuesday's Morning Edition, Dick Van Dyke talks to Renee Montagne about his new book, My Lucky Life In And Out Of Show Business, and touches on everything from the beginning of his career in television to the eulogy he gave at the funeral of one of his heroes, Stan Laurel.
The Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway to ease pressure on the levee system protecting Louisiana, this morning. But, now, they are working on maps detailing the flooding that would occur if they opened the Morganza Spillway north of Baton Rouge. Unlike the Bonnet Carré, which was opened in 2008, the Morganza Spillway hasn't been opened since 1973.
Some new numbers about the digital news wars suggest that cable news channels are increasingly beating major newspaper brands for online audiences — at least among the legacy news shops.
CNN.com is far and away the leader, with nearly 8.5 million unique U.S. visitors each day. (These estimates come from the audience measurement company ComScore for U.S. visitors for the first three months of 2011.)
In Ishinomaki, Japan, the March 11 earthquake has changed the city. Surely, it's changed it emotionally, but it has also changed it physically. The earthquake was so powerful, reports the AP, that some areas of Ishinomaki moved 17 feet to the southeast and sank 4 feet.
The result is that everyday, as high tide approaches, the city floods:
The posturing between Republicans and Democrats over raising the debt ceiling continued apace Monday.
Excerpts released late in the day of what was being billed as a major policy speech by Speaker John Boehner at the Economic Club of New York Monday evening revealed a fairly hardline position likely to resonate with the Tea Party movement segment of the party but leave Democrats cold.
Boehner will say, for instance, that while not raising the debt ceiling would be "irresponsible," even more irresponsible would be to not make real cuts in federal spending.
President Obama plans to pivot this week from foreign affairs and the targeted killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden to a domestic issue that continues to bedevil his administration: comprehensive immigration reform.
Or the lack thereof.
Given the expectations preceding the president's scheduled speech Tuesday in El Paso on immigration reform and border security, a comprehensive overhaul appears as elusive as the Sept. 11 mastermind proved to be.
Heavy storms and snowmelt in April saturated the Mississippi River, causing historic flooding across the central United States. The river is expected to crest on Monday in Memphis, Tenn., and move south, toward New Orleans. The Army Corps of Engineers is trying to mitigate damage by diverting water to flood plains and spillways. This Q&A explains how the Mississippi River's levee system works to contain flooding.
It's been more than 500 days since what has been described as the worst single atrocity ever committed against journalists. The trials of the men accused of murdering 34 journalists and another two dozen lawyers and motorists in the Philippines are moving at a glacial pace, and the victims' relatives are angry. The case raises weighty issues of justice, governance and human rights for the Philippines — and the administration of the recently elected president, Benigno Aquino III.