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Deficits at home are hurdle for GOP governors eyeing White House run 28.2.2015 LA Times: Nation
After bolting to national prominence on a record of bringing public employee unions to heel and taming runaway pension costs like those that have challenged state governments across the country, Chris Christie hit a very large hurdle recently.
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In an unusual move, D.C. challenges a problematic contract in court 28.2.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
THE DISTRICT government’s system for awarding city contracts has long been rife with problems and controversy. One bright spot has been the D.C. Contract Appeals Board, which referees contract disputes and has established a reputation as impartial, expeditious, transparent and knowledgeable. It is disconcerting that District officials have taken the unusual step of appealing a ruling of the board after it found a clear impropriety in a contract award. If the District is committed to a fair procurement process, why is it essentially telling this well-respected board that its business is not to correct irregularities?Read full article ...
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LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks 27.2.2015 AP National
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations....
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Los Angeles teachers, union heads rally in largest action yet amid stalled contract talks 27.2.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
High-schoolers' excitement about voting is uplifting 25.2.2015 LA Times: Opinion
In a city that hibernates through local elections, Miriam Antonio told me she couldn't wait to vote next Tuesday. The Fairfax High junior turned 18 this month, so this would be her first chance to cast a ballot.
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College? Career Tech? In Nashville, Teens Do Both 25.2.2015 NPR News
Vocational education is enjoying a renaissance in many U.S. schools. In Nashville, all high schoolers, regardless of college plans, are encouraged to take three career training classes.
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GovBeat: ‘With great marijuana laws comes great responsibility’ — pot is legal in Alaska today 24.2.2015 Washington Post
Marijuana officially becomes legal in Alaska on Tuesday, and advocates plan to celebrate with ads on Anchorage city buses.The ads are part of a public education campaign to encourage responsible consumption and read, “With great marijuana laws comes great responsibility.”Read full article >>
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Seattle ranks high in suspending elementary-school students with special needs 24.2.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
More than 18 million days of instruction are lost to school suspensions each year, including even the youngest students. A new report asks whether this makes sense.
Seattle ranks high in suspending elementary-school students with special needs 24.2.2015 Seattle Times: Local
More than 18 million days of instruction are lost to school suspensions each year, including even the youngest students. A new report asks whether this makes sense.
The Conservative Attempt to Rewrite the United States' Progressive History 24.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! Oklahoma isn't the only state where Republicans are waging war on high school history class. Conservatives in a handful of other states, including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and - no surprise here - Texas are now pushing bills that would ban the college board's AP US history curriculum. The main issue that conservatives have with the current AP history curriculum is that it's "too liberal" and supposedly focuses too much on the "negative" parts of US history, whatever that means. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. So conservatives want to replace it with a curriculum that focuses on topics conservatives like - topics like, you know, Reagan, Reagan and, just for good measure, more Reagan . In all seriousness, though, there's a really good reason that conservatives are freaking out about what kind of history curriculum is going to be taught in ...
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The Conservative Attempt to Re-Write Our Progressive History 24.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! Oklahoma isn't the only state where Republicans are waging war on high school history class. Conservatives in a handful of other states, including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and - no surprise here - Texas are now pushing bills that would ban the college board's AP US history curriculum. The main issue that conservatives have with the current AP history curriculum is that it's "too liberal" and supposedly focuses too much on the "negative" parts of US history, whatever that means. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. So conservatives want to replace it with a curriculum that focuses on topics conservatives like - topics like, you know, Reagan, Reagan and, just for good measure, more Reagan . In all seriousness, though, there's a really good reason that conservatives are freaking out about what kind of history curriculum is going to be taught in ...
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Scott Walker's School Days 23.2.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Wisconsin’s Governor takes on higher-ed costs. Faculty horror ensues.
The bizarre war against AP U.S. history courses 20.2.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
It seems strange to organize an educational system around what can’t be taught to children. But for large chunks of the country, that is exactly how public educational standards seem to be set: by demarcating and preserving blind spots rather than promoting enlightenment.Read full article ...
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The Next Syriza? As Greece Rejects Austerity, Meet the Activist Who Could Become Spain's New PM 18.2.2015 Truthout.com
Talks between Greece and eurozone finance ministers over Athens' debt broke down Monday when the newly elected leftist Syriza government rejected a deal to extend the terms of the current bailout. The Greek Syriza party was elected last month on a promise to roll back the crippling austerity measures in Greece's international bailout. While Syriza has taken power in Greece, the grassroots party Podemos is also quickly gaining popularity in Spain, Europe's fifth largest economy. On January 31, as many as 150,000 people rallied in Madrid to show support for the Podemos party, which translates into "We can." Podemos only became an official party last March, but a recent poll by El País found 28 percent of the population supports the party, enough to possibly win Spain's next general election. Last May, Podemos surprised many when it received 1.2 million votes and five seats in the European Parliament elections. The party grew out of the "indignados" movement that began occupying squares in Spain four years ...
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Tens of Thousands Join North Carolina Moral March to Protest GOP Takeover, Racism and Islamophobia 17.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Tens of thousands gathered in the North Carolina capital of Raleigh on Saturday for what organizers are calling one of the largest civil rights rallies in the South since the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. The Mass Moral March is held annually to fight moves by Republican lawmakers to attack voting rights, education, the environment, healthcare and women’s rights. North Carolina Republicans control the governorship and both houses of the state Legislature. Today, the first official Moral Monday protest of the year will include a "people’s court" to indict them for pursuing policies that have hurt the people of the state. In an emotional address, two brothers who have lost siblings spoke side by side: Farris Barakat, brother of Deah Barakat, one of three Muslim students killed in Chapel Hill last week in what family members call a hate crime; and Pierre Lacy, brother of Lennon Lacy, an African-American teenager who was found hung to death under suspicious circumstances last year in Bladenboro, North ...
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Charter schools struggling to meet academic growth 17.2.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
A Star Tribune analysis shows a widening gap between success of white, minority students.
Gov. Walker, eyeing a 2016 bid, picks new fight in Wisconsin: Universities 17.2.2015 Washington Post: Politics
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker has cited his experience battling unions here four years ago as proof that voters appreciate a political leader willing to “go big and go bold.”So as he woos supporters around the country for a possible presidential bid, Walker (R) is once again picking a fight against a powerful institution at home — public universities.Read full article ...
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5 myths about violent extremism 17.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Citing the "tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney and Paris," the White House on Wednesday is convening a summit on violent extremism. Its goal is admirable and ambitious: neutralizing terrorism's root causes by stopping people from radicalizing in the first place. Yet the causes of ...
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How a Classic Movie Fueled US Racism 16.2.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
How a Classic Movie Fueled US Racism
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Q&A: Exit Interview With A Nationally Known School Leader 15.2.2015 NPR News
Three and a half years is the average tenure for large-district superintendents. Joshua Starr hit it on the nose.
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