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Education: Morning Roundup, Locke's Costly Turnaround


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Morning Roundup:

From The New York Times: School Is Turned Around, but Cost Gives Pause

Locke High School in Los Angeles has seen significant progress since it was taken over by a charter school group in 2008, but the gains have come at a considerable cost.

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From The New York Times: Success and Scrutiny at Hebrew Charter School

Hebrew Language Academy in Brooklyn, which focuses on Jewish traditions and Israeli culture, has become one of the most racially mixed charter campuses in the city.

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From the Los Angeles Times: Villaraigosa backs charter school bids, rips Cortines

The mayor says L.A. Unified didn't give charters a fair chance in an earlier bid for control of new and low-performing campuses.

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From The Washington Post: Rhee gets star turn in education film 'Waiting for Superman'

Schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee stars in a documentary about the troubled state of public education.

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Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made a dramatic speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

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Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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