graduation en Graduation Season A Busy Time For Signers <p>Along with the graduates, the college president and the featured speaker, a sign language interpreter is often part of commencement ceremonies, so those with hearing disorders can be part of the day. Northeast Career Planning in Albany provides sign language services to colleges and many other organizations. To learn more, we spoke with Lori Calka, a freelance sign language interpreter, and Sandy Cohen, manager of rehabilitation at Northeast Career Planning. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Brian Shields 90868 at "Degrees Of Inequality" By Suzanne Mettler <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>America’s higher education system is failing its students. In the space of a generation, we have gone from being the best-educated society in the world to one surpassed by eleven other nations in college graduation rates.</p><p>Higher education is evolving into a caste system with separate and unequal tiers that take in students from different socio-economic backgrounds and leave them more unequal than when they first enrolled.</p><p>In <em>Degrees of Inequality</em>, acclaimed political scientist <a href="">Suzanne Mettler</a> explains why the system has gone so horribly wrong and why the American Dream is increasingly out of reach for so many.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88223 at "Degrees Of Inequality" By Suzanne Mettler 6/18/13 - Panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.</p><p>Topics include:<br>GOP Abortion Agenda<br>G8 Meeting<br>Obama on Surveillance<br>Graduation Rates<br>Green Transit</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 67278 at Listener Essay - Double Graduation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Sharing the spotlight can be difficult, especially when it’s with your sibling. We hear these stories all the time on TV, whether it’s Serena versus Venus Williams or John and Jim Harbaugh coaching against each other in the Super Bowl.</p><p>Essayist Leighann Camarero tells us about the personal connection she has with these competitive siblings when it comes to mom and dad having to choose who to support.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Leighann Camarero 63968 at Campaign Unveiled To Convince Children To Stay In School <p>Educators, business leaders, and philanthropists are backing an initiative in Springfield Massachusetts to combat a problem that confounds many urban schools: a&nbsp; low high school graduation rate.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:09:10 +0000 Paul Tuthill 60657 at Campaign Unveiled To Convince Children To Stay In School High School Graduation Rates Improve in Massachusetts <div><p></p><p><span id="_oneup">According to new data, 4-year high school graduation rates in Massachusetts are on the increase, while the dropout rate is on the decline. </span></p><p></p><p><span id="_oneup">State officials recently announced that the 4-year graduation rate has improved in the Bay State for the sixth year in a row. JC Considine, a spokesman for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said that the statewide dropout rate also decreased to 2.5% in the last school year. </span></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:25:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56545 at Governor Patrick to Speak to Grads of Re-Entry Program <p>Governor Deval&nbsp;Patrick will address graduates of two federal court programs aimed at helping defendants and high risk ex-offenders.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;</p><p>The Court Assisted Recovery Effort program helps defendants maintain sober, employed and law-abiding lives through closer supervision and assistance.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:26:44 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 41737 at Governor Patrick to Speak to Grads of Re-Entry Program