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  • Tell Me More is broadcasting from Miami, Florida for a special Twitter Education Forum. To kick off the program, host Michel Martin speaks with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about some of the initiatives he supports and whether he thinks America's schools are broken.
  • Two students — one in high school, the other, a recent graduate — talk to host Michel Martin about what's working and what needs to be fixed at their schools. Nikhil Goyal is a 17-year-old student at Syosset High School in New York, and Shakira Lockett is a student at Miami-Dade College.
  • Washington D.C. and Miami, Florida have taken two different approaches to turning schools around. As D.C. public schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee fired more than 200 teachers who she said were underperforming. Miami-Dade school district's Alberto Carvalho has pushed for federal money to help poor-performing schools. Both join host Michel Martin.
  • Education historian Diane Ravitch served as Assistant Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush. She later advocated No Child Left Behind's strict testing standards and expansion of charter schools. But, Ravitch now says those initiatives have failed, and the real enemy of schools is poverty. Professor Ravitch talks to host Michel Martin.
  • The Khan Academy is a leading online education tool. Founder Salman Khan started the company after tutoring his niece who was struggling with middle school math. His new book is The One World Schoolhouse and he speaks with host Michel Martin.
  • For a different point of view on education reform, host Michel Martin speaks with former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. She served under President George W. Bush, and is critical of some of the Obama administration's education policies.
  • NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin hosts a live radio broadcast and Twitter education forum on where the nation's schools stand.