Back to school: Education issues in the Delaware Valley

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    Hour 1

    Today is back-to-school day in much of the Delaware Valley, so we’ll take the opportunity to check in on what’s happening in our public schools, and in the state capitols that influence what’s happening in the classroom. We’ll start with Delaware, one of the first two states to win federal Race to the Top funding. Joining guest host TRACEY MATISAK will be WHYY’s own MARK EICHMANN, on the line from Wilmington. Then we’ll hear about New Jersey, where a bungled application for that same Race to the Top funding has cost Education Commissioner Bret Schundler his job and prompted legislative hearings that are taking place at this moment in Trenton. Joining us from those hearings is JOHN MOONEY, founding editor and education writer for NJ Spotlight, a new online news website that launched in May. Finally, we’ll be joined in studio by DAN HARDY, education reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who’ll discuss Pennsylvania’s own failed Race to the Top application, as well as the prospects for education funding as schools advocate Governor Ed Rendell prepares to leave office.

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