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Charter schools may or not save public education, but they can be good for business. Even some non-profits are making money for education-management firms.

Also, an Egyptian court reverses Hosni Mubarak's last conviction, and yesterday’s hacking of Centcom’s social media accounts was more of an embarrassment than a security threat. But why does a major military command maintain Twitter, YouTube and Facebook pages — and even a Pinterest account — in the first place?

Photo: Matt Kemberling

Egyptian Court Reverses Hosni Mubarak's Last Conviction 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak oversaw the brutal murder of his own people on the streets of Cairo, but he may soon be freed from the military hospital where he's been held on various charges. The only remaining accusations against him have now been dismissed.  Borzou Daragahi, Middle East and North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, joins us from Cairo for an update.

Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed News (@borzou)

Charter Schools Face Growing Pains 34 MIN, 55 SEC

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?

Marian Wang, ProPublica (@mariancw)
Nina Rees, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (@Ninacharters)
Bruce Baker, Rutgers University
Geoff Decker, Chalkbeat (@GDeckernews)

Wang on charters passing nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools
Stanford University study on the impact of charter schools on student performance
Baker on growing inequity in charter school funding
Decker on the power struggle over charter schools in New York

Protecting US Central Command's Pinterest Account 8 MIN, 17 SEC

2014 was a banner year for cyber criminals and foreign hackers, from the "Heartbleed virus" to Target to Sony Pictures. That's why President Obama will focus on Internet safety for US companies in his State of the Union address -- and yesterday's hijacking of Centcom's Twitter and YouTube accounts by hackers claiming links to ISIS (the Islamic State) may strengthen his case.

The White House dismissed the incident as "cyber vandalism," but cyber security is a major priority of the Obama Administration this year. Joseph Lorenzo Hall is Chief technologist for the Center of Democracy and Technology, an Internet advocacy group in Washington.

Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Center for Democracy & Technology (@JoeBeOne)

President Obama on protecting Americans' privacy and identity

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