Many schools teach reading using an approach that can actually make it harder for kids to learn. They’re taught strategies like “look at the picture” and “think of a word that makes sense.” This episode is a partnership with American Public Media’s Sold a Story podcast.
Returning Home to Battle
For many veterans, the end of active duty means the beginning of a new fight with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs – for benefits, housing and a chance to rebuild their lives.
VA hospitals are rationing protective gear, emails show. Congress wants to know why.
The chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and seven colleagues have written to Vice President Mike Pence asking for answers.
3 VA health workers have died of COVID-19. 776 have tested positive.
The casualties come in the wake of reporting that staff were short of protective masks and gloves and were required to report to work sick.
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How ex-congressman Jeff Miller is single-handedly shaping the push to privatize VA health care
Behind Miller’s growing lobbying portfolio lies one of the biggest unexamined shifts in Washington’s influence game.
VA’s mental health care crisis draws private firms pitching dubious PTSD treatments
“The answer is: If it hasn’t been proven, it’s not something the VA should endorse,” says one agency official.
Senators want to examine military contracts with for-profit schools
Senators cite Reveal coverage in requesting sponsorship contracts, saying they are “deeply concerned.”
Ethics watchdogs press VA, with anti-corruption law in the balance
Consumer groups and union leaders continued to blast the Department of Veterans Affairs for its plan to scrap an anti-corruption statute.
Trump administration now says it won’t scrap VA anti-corruption law
“Such a waiver would foster a culture of corruption in the VA,” said Melissa Bryant, political director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
5th senator slams blanket ethics waiver on for-profit college payments
The move, Sen. Tom Carper writes, represents “a drastic departure from the intent of Congress and weakens important ethics standards.”
Senators urge Trump administration to scrap plan to waive VA ethics rule
The senators asked Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to “immediately suspend” the proposed regulation.