The Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party won just under 40 percent of the seats, beating out the ruling Islamist Ennahda party.
First, economic growth in America. GDP was quite solid as the summer wore on. More on that. And one of the most influential business tycoons in the world has come out publicly as gay: Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple. We spoke with actor and social justice advocate George Takei about the importance of Cook's Op-ed. Plus, passengers increasingly bring their own entertainment with them aboard flights...on their mobile devices. Now, airlines are responding, possibly with a policy of BYOD: bring your own device.
In five days, the polls will be open. And with gains for Republicans predicted but not assured, we turn to a person who tracks the future of the federal budget like a gearhead follows cars.
Stan Collender contributes to Forbes, and once upon a time was a staffer for both the House and Senate Budget Committees. He joined host David Brancaccio to discuss what a Republican majority would mean for budget cuts in Washington.
Click the media player above to hear Stan Collender in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.
Signing bonuses for new college grads nearly disappeared after the recession but are slowly becoming more common, according to a Michigan State University survey of employers.What percentage of employers offer signing bonuses to new college graduates?
Airlines have noticed that people increasingly bring their own entertainment with them onboard, on their mobile devices. That means the nature of in-flight entertainment is changing, too.
In fact, the future of in-flight entertainment could be BYOD: bring your own device.
Airline consultant Jay Sorensen sees a lot of people doing that already.
“Before they get on the airplane, they’re gonna load up their device,” says Sorensen, president of IdeaWorks Company. “They’ll get caught up on all the past episodes of House of Cards onboard the airplane.”
That’s why airlines like Delta and United have invested in systems that stream in-flight entertainment straight to your mobile device. They see economy class passengers bypassing their seat-back screens. And they’re not alone.
Doing away with seat-back screens altogether would be lighter and cheaper for airlines, which Henry Harteveldt of Atmosphere Research Group says already pay a lot for content.
“The movies and TV shows and music that we watch and listen to aren’t provided free,” he says. “Airlines license that. And it can cost them several millions of dollars a year, per airline.”
If all this TV-watching threatens to drain your battery, don’t worry. Harteveldt says airlines are also installing more plugs.
Heather Wolpert-Gawron has been teaching for eleven years at Jefferson Middle School in San Gabriel, Calif. During that time, she says, the school has had about ten principals.
“We had many years where the morale was low,” she says. “We just kind of felt abandoned.”
Some of those principals left on their own. Some were removed. According to a new report from the nonprofit School Leaders Network, half of new principals quit in their third year on the job.
The group, which provides training and support to principals, says the job has become too complex and isolating. Principals put in long hours overseeing teachers, meeting with parents and implementing one reform after another.
“It’s very demanding and you’re being pulled in different directions, so it really makes it difficult for you to focus on being an instructional leader,” says Connie Rodriguez, who left her position as a junior high school principal in San Antonio, Texas, after three years.
It costs about $75,000 to recruit and train each replacement, says Mariah Cone, vice president of knowledge with the School Leaders Network. The cost to student achievement is higher, she says, with studies showing that both math and English test scores drop when a principal leaves.
“It takes up to three to five years for the next principal to really be able to show gains,” Cone says.
If the next principal lasts that long. Cone says ongoing mentoring and training might help more of them stay longer.
It's college-tour season, and everyone is a reviewer on Twitter:
— Hayden T. Balduf (@HBalduf) October 15, 2014
Just witnessed the worst guided tour of Messiah College, all that was said in a few minute time span was "that is our green house"
— William Wical (@willwical) October 13, 2014
k so my college tour guide for UCSB was kind of like....the biggest babe ever to exist pic.twitter.com/quXGFrmxbR
— abbey (@AbbeyxBlanford) June 24, 2014
Be it bad or babealicious, college admissions officers are paying attention to all that sharing.
"Institutions of higher education are most definitely reviewing that to find out how they are being evaluated," says Jeff Fuller, director of student recruitment for the University of Houston and President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
Fuller says if a kid has a bad experience on campus, an engaged admissions officer can respond fast; before a nasty tweet dings a school’s reputation.
"More and more colleges are hiring folks to manage their social media to make sure they remain current in what’s being discussed," Fuller says.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s admissions office has a small army working on social media.
"We have two blogs, we have multiple Facebook accounts, we have a Twitter account, we have an Instagram account," says Ashley Memory, an assistant director of admissions.
There are three admissions officers and as many as four paid interns managing and creating content for those accounts.
Memory says there is a little risk involved in having all these open forums—There will always be disappointed applicants.
More often than not, she says, negative comments are neutralized by the broader community of current UNC students or alumni.
The main job of college admissions officers on social media is to communicate with potential students. First, they try to convince them to apply to their school. Then, if they are accepted, they convince them to attend.
Part of that job involves answering a lot of basic questions.
"Before they may have just picked up the phone and called our office, or may have sent our office an email, or they may have sought out the answer for themselves online," says Gabe Santi, from the admission office at Michigan State University. "Now, they may just post the question on Facebook or tweet at us."
Can Michigan State tell me if I got accepted or not already #impatient
— sophia. (@samm_jamm) October 20, 2014
@samm_jamm Thanks for your patience!
— MSU Admissions (@msu_admissions) October 20, 2014