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After months of protest over high profile deaths of African Americans at the hands of police, law enforcement is pushing back with pro-police rallies across the country and a social media campaign -- BlueLivesMatter. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at the blue backlash and where it will lead the national debate over policing and race.

Also, the crew abandons a second migrant “ghost ship” off the Italian Coast, and hiring teachers in the era of Big Data -- the Moneyball approach to teacher reform.

Photo: The hearse carrying the body of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos departs the Christ Tabernacle Church to its final resting place in the Queens borough of New York, December 27, 2014. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gideon Brower
Jenny Hamel

Crew Abandons Second Migrant "Ghost Ship" Off Italian Coast 6 MIN, 30 SEC

For the third time in the past two weeks a ship carrying hundreds of migrants has been found drifting and out of fuel in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy. Coastguards say the vessel left from a Turkish port and was abandoned by its crew. This cluster of incidents marks a shift in tactics as smugglers pack old ships with migrants and set them adrift in coastal waters. Leonard Doyle is the spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration, an intergovernmental agency dealing with migration issues.

Guests:
Leonard Doyle, International Organization for Migration (@LeonardDoyle)

Backlash in Blue 34 MIN, 56 SEC

Eric Garner in New York, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Tamir Rice in Cleveland are just a few of the African Americans whose deaths at the hands of police last year sparked a nationwide protest movement. The unrest and anger over police brutality and racial profiling has recently spilled over into threats and violent attacks by individuals against police on the beat -- including the shooting deaths of two Brooklyn officers three weeks ago. Once on the defensive, now police across the country are aggressively speaking out, in pro-police rallies, a drastic slowdown in New York in arrests, and a social media campaign, Blue Lives Matter, in support of law enforcement. What will this new phase in the national debate over race and policing bring?

Guests:
Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times (@mattdpearce)
Dan Marcou, PoliceOne.com (@PoliceOne)
Scott Greenfield, criminal defense attorney (@ScottGreenfield)
Connie Rice, Advancement Project in Los Angeles (@ConnieRicePCN)
Matt Nelson, Color of Change (@ColorOfChange)

More:
White House task force on 21st Century Policing

Destiny of Heroes

Dan Marcou

Teacher "MoneyBall": Can Big Data Weed Out the Winners? 8 MIN, 34 SEC

Everyone from the federal government to students agree that high quality teachers are a top priority of school reform. No one seems to agree however on how to define exactly what makes a teacher successful. Enter Big Data. Now school districts across the country are hiring consulting firms that use data-driven screening tools to identify the superstars among the teacher rank and file, and some education advocates are calling foul. Stephanie Simon is the senior education reporter for Politico.

Guests:
Stephanie Simon, Politico (@StephanieSimon_)

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Teacher Match
Paragon K-12

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