12:35 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Graduation Season A Busy Time For Signers

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.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue April 15, 2014

"Degrees Of Inequality" By Suzanne Mettler

  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.

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.

In Degrees of Inequality, acclaimed political scientist Suzanne Mettler explains why the system has gone so horribly wrong and why the American Dream is increasingly out of reach for so many.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

6/18/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
GOP Abortion Agenda
G8 Meeting
Obama on Surveillance
Graduation Rates
Green Transit

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Listener Essay - Double Graduation

  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.

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.

New England News
5:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Campaign Unveiled To Convince Children To Stay In School

Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick at the launch of the "Stay In School" initiative at Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
Credit WAMC

Educators, business leaders, and philanthropists are backing an initiative in Springfield Massachusetts to combat a problem that confounds many urban schools: a  low high school graduation rate.

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New England News
4:25 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

High School Graduation Rates Improve in Massachusetts

According to new data, 4-year high school graduation rates in Massachusetts are on the increase, while the dropout rate is on the decline.

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.

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New England News
7:26 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Governor Patrick to Speak to Grads of Re-Entry Program

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick will address graduates of two federal court programs aimed at helping defendants and high risk ex-offenders.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The Court Assisted Recovery Effort program helps defendants maintain sober, employed and law-abiding lives through closer supervision and assistance.

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