FROM Geoff Decker
Charter Schools Face Growing Pains In the past 20 years, charters have established themselves as familiar alternatives to the perceived failures of traditional public schools. With teachers and politicians still debating their educational quality, another question has been submerged: who's keeping track of the money? Some non-profit charters are managed by for-profit companies, and local school boards often lose track of what's happening to public funds. Do charters make public education a backdoor to private profit using taxpayer money?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.