Rachel Martin

It used to be a given: When your kids reached school age, they'd strap on their backpacks and head for the neighborhood elementary school. Or, you'd pay a hefty tuition to send them to private school. In the last two decades, a third option has emerged. Today, there are more than 6,000 charter schools in the country. And lately, they've been the subject of passionate and often acrimonious debate about the right way to fix public education in America. Charters are publicly funded and privately...

Taliban forces stormed the Afghan city of Kunduz on Monday; after several days of fighting, Afghan forces claimed to have retaken the city. But fighting continued, and on Saturday, a U.S.-led airstrike appears to have struck and badly damaged a Doctors Without Borders hospital , killing doctors, staff members and patients. The week of violence has put the city back in the headlines. But the region's struggles aren't new. Over the past 12 years, the U.S. and NATO spent hundreds of millions of...

It's a phrase you hear everywhere now: work-life balance. How can women and men navigate the demands of a career and a family? In 2010, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg started telling working moms to "lean in." The conversation about work-life balance took on new heat when foreign policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote an article for The Atlantic about her own trade-offs. And women from all corners of industry have weighed in since. Slaughter's viral article chronicled her own...

Thousands of migrants fleeing war in their home countries have have made it into Germany and to Berlin. Once they arrive here, they begin the waiting game. Germany is expecting at least 800,000 migrants this year alone, and Germans are struggling with the changes they bring. At Berlin's main processing center for migrants, at a social service ministry, people are handed a number on a slip of paper. They crowd around a digital screen in the ministry courtyard to watch for their number to flash...

In cities with high crime rates, like Newark, N.J., figuring out the right balance of police engagement is especially hard. In 2013, Newark had 40 homicides per 100,000 residents, the third-highest homicide rate in the country. Last fall, the new mayor, Ras Baraka, announced a plan to tackle the crime and neglect that have plagued the city's worst neighborhoods. He started by focusing on two of the toughest: Clinton Hill and the Lower West Ward. I asked him in January how he'll know the...

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