A bipartisan bill that would recommend third graders repeat the grade if they can’t read passed a house committee earlier this week on a vote of 10-3. In an unusual move, Governor John Hickenlooper personally testified in support of the bill, but as Bente Birkeland reports, it still faces strong opposition from some in the education community.

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February 10, 2016 | NPR · French audiences have flocked to Paris productions of American musicals like Kiss Me, Kate, which closes this week. France’s versions of some of these plays are also being exported back to the U.S.
 

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · Baaba Maal is one of the most well-known Senegalese singers today. For over three decades, his music has won him fans all over the world. Music reviewer Banning Eyre says his first album in seven years, The Traveller, is different and surprising.
 

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