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November 24, 2013

In an effort to keep educational costs in check, America’s cash-strapped states, local school districts and charter schools are hiring less costly novice teachers. I understand that Pittsburgh Public Schools may soon be among them. Superintendent Linda Lane has said she hopes to find new college grads in the two-year Teach for America program to help fill 15 to 30 teaching vacancies next fall.

November 13, 2013

Two national security experts from opposite sides of the fence explored divergent views on whether U.S. surveillance tactics should be revealed to the American public during a debate at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Monday.

“The government has secrets and we try to find them out.  We have to be free to write or we don’t have self-government,” Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Barton Gellman said.

November 8, 2013

At a time when Americans seem obsessed by the sanctity and immutability of their borders, you have to wonder how the government could essentially lose track of a chunk of American soil. You also have to wonder why we are cutting off new patches of American land again today through another construction project along the Rio Grande: the 18-foot-high border fence with Mexico.

November 7, 2013

Last week, Duke Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Bruce Jentleson held his first Google Hangout with the students of his 21st Century American Foreign Policy online course —a MOOC (Massive Open Online Class) run through the Coursera consortium that kicked off on October 20.

November 6, 2013

Education research clearly documents that investments in early childhood programs are among the smartest investments that states can make.  

November 2, 2013

If an antibiotic would cure your infection, your doctor would probably still warn you about the chance of sun sensitivity before prescribing the pill.

October 31, 2013

A seemingly compassionate bill now before Congress aims to help orphaned children in low-income countries. If you want to understand why it is deeply flawed, you need to know about Pisey.

October 24, 2013

Two of the leading voices in the national debate over government surveillance programs and press freedoms will square off Nov. 11 at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

October 23, 2013

The Sanford Board of Visitors welcomed eight new members this academic year. They take the place of Paul Braithwaite, Martin W. Morris, Robert J. Pelosky Jr. John Rice Jr. and student representatives, Jessica Isaacs, Thupten Norbu and Andrei Santalo. Thank you to the departing members for their service. The new members are:

October 22, 2013

When it comes to children’s attention problems, the difference between first and second grade is profound, says a new study from Duke University.