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Sep 17, 2012
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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we have a programming note. On Wednesday, October 10th, NPR's TELL ME MORE will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter education forum focusing on issues facing our nation's schools. Leading up to the forum, we are having a dialog with you on Twitter. We've invited educators, parents, reporters and everybody else to join in via Twitter to take on tough issues.

Here's veteran educator Steven Jones.

STEVEN JONES: One of the biggest issues that schools confront is the issue of bullying. We wait until teachers and principals struggle with bullying to offer solutions, requiring a change in school culture.

MARTIN: That's a tweet by educator Steven Jones. He's based in Springfield, Pennsylvania. Other teachers and parents are also talking about bullying, the achievement gap and the other pressing challenges facing our nation's schools. So join us on Twitter today using hash tag #NPREdChat and let's begin the exchange of ideas. Our conversations are focused on K through 12, but if you are interested in education, we are interested in hearing from you.

TELL ME MORE's Twitter education forum is produced in partnership with State Impact Florida and member station WLRN in Miami. To learn more, go to npr.org, click on the Program guide and go to TELL ME MORE.

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MARTIN: Just ahead, millions of Americans and their families are living with dementia, but even a savvy politico like Maryland County Executive Rushern Baker was caught flatfooted when his wife was diagnosed with the disease a few years ago.

RUSHERN BAKER: Here is a woman who graduated with honors from Howard University, got a scholarship to William and Mary to law school and she couldn't tell the doctor what show she had watched that morning.

MARTIN: Now, Rushern Baker is sharing her moving story and his. It's our Behind Closed Doors conversation and it's coming up on TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin.

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MARTIN: So your baby's under the weather, your child care is shaky, but you have to go to work. What do you do? American University Professor Adrienne Pine took the baby to class and breastfed her while there. She says it was no big deal, so why did the story end up on the front page of the Washington Post? Big deal or stupid dust-up? We'll ask our moms next time on TELL ME MORE.

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