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Yosemite rangers struggle to keep hungry wild black bears from visitors' food 26.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
99 ways to boost pensions in California -- at public cost 23.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Directing traffic is part of a police officer's job, and in the city of Fountain Valley, keeping cars moving comes with a $145 monthly bonus — and a bigger pension.
Ann C. Ball: ‘Yes’ to transparency 22.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Steamboat Springs public schools are funded with our public tax dollars, and that money should be spent with transparency and accountability to the public. Colorado Proposition 104 would require that the largest percentage expenditure of the Steamboat Springs School Board (contract negotiations for salary and benefits) be decided in public, not in secret, private session meetings. Without Prop. 104, more than 80 percent of our tax money that is allotted to the schools is spent without the possibility of public knowledge and observation of the employee contract process. As a former school board president, teacher and parent, I support public access to all levels of negotiations within our public schools, other than private personnel and student issues. Parents, taxpayers without children in public schools, teachers and administrators can observe how all interests are represented and why the negotiations result as they do. I am in favor of local control of public education and open session spending of our ...
Guest: Halt turnover in school administration to improve education 22.10.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
Throw a better model of governance, not money, at the problem of school performance, says guest columnist Donald P. Nielsen.
Early Childhood Family Education marks 40-year milestone 22.10.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The Early Childhood Family Education program has helped hundreds of thousands of children get ready for kindergarten. The Robbinsdale school district is celebrating the 40th anniversary of ECFE with an open house at the New Hope Learning Center.
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Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs 21.10.2014 AP Politics
CHICAGO (AP) -- Locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of November, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred on jobs, Illinois' financial issues and qualifications in their final televised debate Monday....
Guest: Seattle Prop 1B’s design get city’s youngest citizens off to best start 21.10.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
Seattle has a meaningful plan for high-quality preschool embodied in Proposition 1B on the Nov. 4 ballot, write guest columnists Christina Weiland and Deborah Philliips.
Tally of federal probes of colleges on sexual violence grows 50 percent since May 20.10.2014 Washington Post

The number of federal investigations into how colleges handle sexual violence reports has jumped 50 percent in the past six months, reflecting a surge of recent discrimination claims and the difficulty of resolving high-profile cases that often drag on for years.

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Will having kids soon be out of reach economically for many American families? 17.10.2014 LA Times: Commentary
Parenthood should be affordable in this country, but the cost of raising a child from birth to adulthood is now a quarter of a million dollars and projected to double by the time today's toddlers reach their teens. Will having kids soon be out of reach economically for many American families?
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Paula Stephenson: Pot for pencils? 16.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Before Coloradoans voted in 2012 to legalize recreational marijuana, pro-legalization advocates aired a jingle: “Jobs for our people. Money for schools. Who could ask for more?” The Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol promised if Amendment 64 passed “tax revenues would pay for public services and the reconstruction of our schools.” In addition, many of the “Yes” on 64 advertisements featured pictures of classrooms and focused on the fact that the legalization of marijuana would generate much needed revenue for programs such as education. It’s no surprise then that with the passage of Amendment 64 and near daily news headlines that rave about record tax revenues from the sale of recreational marijuana, that many, if not most, of Colorado’s residents believe our state’s public school system is now flush with cash. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Yet, the truth is that Amendment 64 never promised a significant amount of recreational sales tax revenue or any tax revenue from ...
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U.S. Ebola concerns grow 16.10.2014 Durango Herald
DALLAS – The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill, even though government guidelines should have kept her off the plane.Amid growing concern, President Barack...
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School standardized testing is under growing attack, leaders pledge changes 16.10.2014 Washington Post

The standardized test, a hallmark of the accountability movement that has defined U.S. public education since 2002, is under growing attack from critics who say students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade are taking too many exams.

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An epidemic of fear and anxiety hits Americans amid Ebola outbreak 16.10.2014 Washington Post

Ebola started as a faraway thing, and that was scary enough. Then it jumped to a Dallas hospital, where one man died and two nurses were infected. On Wednesday, Ebola took a different kind of leap — a psychological one — as concerns spiked nationally about how the threat of the virus might interfere with commerce, health and even daily routines.

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Our View: Amendment 68 is not worth the gamble 15.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
All that glitters is not gold, and Amendment 68 is dangling an attractive payoff for K-12 public schools in the hopes that voters will buy its bait-and-hook campaign and ignore the facts of the ballot issue. At issue Amendment 68 would expand legal gambling in the state with the promise of more money for education. Our view This measure is the wrong way to fund education and wrong for Colorado. Amendment 68 seeks to permit casino gambling at horse racetracks in Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties and distribute revenues from a new casino gambling tax to schools. A one-time $25 million fee per racetrack (one per county) plus 34 percent of the racetrack's adjusted gross proceeds would be deposited in a new K-12 Education Fund and distributed on a per-pupil basis to public school districts and charter schools in the state of Colorado. The proposition sounds tempting, and we think many of those who signed a petition to get the amendment on the ballot may have been swayed by the prospect of more money for ...
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'A joyous day, but a time of remembrance': The first Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis 14.10.2014 MinnPost
“It’s a good day to be indigenous in Minneapolis,” said teacher/attorney/activist Carly Bad Heart Bull to a crowd of about 500 Monday evening at the Minneapolis American Indian Center , where people of all ethnicities and backgrounds came to bury Columbus Day and celebrate the first Indigenous Peoples Day , as voted on by the Minneapolis City Council and recently lampooned by the likes of Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver (“Columbus Day: How Is That Still A Thing?”) and comedian Chris Rock, who cracked, “Nobody celebrates Columbus Day. Nobody puts three ships in their front yard. First of all Columbus discovered the West Indies and second of all, the land he discovered had occupants on it. That’s like discovering someone’s backyard.”    Columbus Day started in 1892, became a federal holiday in 1934, and Berkeley, California was the first American city to reject it and embrace Indigenous Peoples Day. Today, 16 states don’t recognize Columbus Day; Minneapolis and Seattle are the biggest cities in the United ...
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Director of ACLU racial justice program featured speaker at dinner 14.10.2014 Denver Post: Local
Dennis Parker, director of the ACLU National Racial Justice Program, will be the featured speaker Friday at the annual Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner at The Four Seasons Hotel in ...
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A New Orleans Charter School Marches To Its Own Tune 13.10.2014 NPR: Morning Edition
As part of our series on the education revolution underway in the Crescent City, we profile a new, independent arts-centered charter that's struggling to put down roots.
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Arapahoe High School shooting aftermath puts parenting under scrutiny 12.10.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
She tried to get her son help. When investigators combed through Barbara Pierson's computer after the tragedy, they found several e-mails about his anger problems, including one pleading with a school psychologist for a plan.
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Guest: Vote no on I-1351, which would prevent investment in teachers 12.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Initiative 1351 would hamper the state’s efforts to improve education through a wide set of strategies, including, but not limited to, smaller class sizes, writes guest columnist Chris Korsmo.
Guest: Vote no on I-1351, which would prevent investment in teachers 11.10.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
Initiative 1351 would hamper the state’s efforts to improve education through a wide set of strategies, including, but not limited to, smaller class sizes, writes guest columnist Chris Korsmo.
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