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Morning Roundup:From The New York Times: Large High Schools in the City Are Taking Hard Falls
Closing New York City schools for poor performance, especially large high schools, has been one of the most controversial hallmarks of Mayor Bloomberg's control of the school system. And it is taking on a new urgency, both in New York and around the country, with the Obama administration putting a premium on "school turnaround" policies in its nationwide competition, called Race to the Top, for billions of dollars in federal education grants. This year, the city has proposed phasing out 20 schools, the most in any year. It is also the first year in which the city is required to hold public hearings at each school proposed for closing, as a result of a change in the mayoral control law that resulted from complaints about an insufficient role for parents.
From The Washington Post: Rise in teenage pregnancy rate spurs new debate
The pregnancy rate among teenage girls in the United States has jumped for the first time in more than a decade, raising alarm that the long campaign to reduce motherhood among adolescents is faltering, according to a report released Tuesday.
From the Los Angeles Times: Dictionary definition raises ruckus at Menifee school
The school district pulls the Merriam Webster 10th Collegiate editions off classroom shelves for study by a newly formed committee after a parent complains about explicit definitions of sexual terms.
From the Los Angeles Times: Female teachers may pass on math anxiety to girls
After a year in the classroom with female teachers who say they are anxious about math, girls are more likely to share that attitude-and score lower on tests, researchers say.
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A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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