Governor Bill Ritter signed the state’s 18.2 billion dollar budget into law today. It goes into effect this July and fills a more than 1 billion dollar shortfall…State lawmakers are divided on whether teachers should be held accountable for the poor performance of students whose parents aren’t involved in their education…and, city employees in Trinidad are seeking a compromise on furlough days aimed at helping fill the city’s budget gap.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

One Response to Round-Up: Ritter Signs Budget, Teacher Evaluations, and Furlough Days in Trinidad

  1. Tyler says:

    Why is teacher pay being determined by a test that doesn’t effect the students. Where is the accountablitly on the students part? or their parents? What about looking at the student previous performance? What if a good teacher gets a class of low performing students, even if the bring up thier scores it wont’ look(or pay as well) as a poor teacher that gets stuck with better achieving students…

News

NPR
February 20, 2017 | NPR · China produces 520,000 tons of garbage a day. To get rid of it, the government favors burning it, which harms the environment. One answer: sorting garbage and recycling. But that’s proved challenging.
 

Courtesy of Trillium Brewing Co.
February 20, 2017 | NPR · East Coast brewers have been making unfiltered, unpasteurized, hazy IPAs for about a decade. Their customers love the aromas and murky look of the beers. Now, the hazy beer craze has gone national.
 

Getty Images
February 20, 2017 | NPR · President Trump on Sunday interviewed four finalists for the job of national security adviser. A White House spokesman says more names may be added to the list on Monday.
 

Arts & Life

February 19, 2017 | NPR · The Good Fight is a spinoff of CBS’s award-winning drama, The Good Wife. It brings back star Christine Baranski, whose character’s savings were wiped out in a financial scam.
 

Courtesy of WBUR
February 19, 2017 | WBUR · Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering “radical empathy” and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman who is considering having a second child, but is hesitant.
 

NPR
February 19, 2017 | NPR · The country’s military dictatorship ended decades ago, but author Mariana Enriquez says there’s still “a ghostly quality to everyday life” there.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
February 20, 2017 | NPR · Krauss’ new album is her first solo effort in 18 years, but she and Cannon — who produced Windy City — go back much further than that.
 

February 19, 2017 | NPR · NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to singer-songwriter Pegi Young about her new album, Raw, about her divorce from Neil Young. She calls it the “soundtrack to the seven stages of grief.”
 

February 19, 2017 | NPR · It’s Black History Month, and NPR’s Alt.Latino team shares some gems of Afro-Latin music, ranging from Panamanian inspired hip-hop beats to Brazilian percussion.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab