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Are These Conventions Still Worth It? GOOD Asks Two Young Reporters

At $120 million a piece, are these made-for-TV partisan stage shows still worth it? And how to they affect local residents?

With another convention season wrapped, you may be suffering from a mild case of politics hangover. Or perhaps you're more engaged in the democratic process than ever. The conventions are costly—party officials say that each made-for-TV extravaganza had a price tag of nearly $120 million. Each side cut their gathering down to three days from the traditional four—Hurricane Isaac played a role in that scheduling decision for the RNC, but the DNC was planned for that length. Could two day conventions be next? Youth Radio has fielded teams of young reporters at the conventions since 1996. GOOD caught up with two from their team, Sayre Quevedo (19), who reported on the DNC from Charlotte and Robyn Gee (26), who produced and reported on the RNC from Tampa, to talk about the relative worth of these partisan stage shows.

GOOD: What did you find most valuable about the convention?

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A Bee You Cannot Eat: Education Reform After the SOS March

The march may be over, but the battle for public education is just getting started.

When 5,000 educators, parents, students, and other citizens concerned with the state of education come to Washington, D.C. ready to answer the call for change, you respond. When they come together in a coalition for educational social justice and activism, you listen. When you’re asked as a teacher to speak on behalf of these thousands—and the many more who couldn’t show up—you stand up and represent. More importantly, when students of all backgrounds deserve better, you fight for it.

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