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Mpls. schools start search for new chief as Johnson exits 18.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Bernadeia Johnson said Tuesday she'll leave in January. The board may launch a nationwide search, but some say the best choice may be in-house.
Access to food isn't enough — we need programs to teach families how to prepare healthy meals 15.12.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Michael Derr There’s only so much good that can be done by giving someone a bag of fruits and vegetables if they do not know how to make it tasty for themselves or their family. As everyone is well aware, the Great Recession that characterized the end of our first millennial decade caused hardships for most Americans. However, those who faced food security issues were faced with the dire problem of figuring out how to continue to feed themselves and their families with a thinner pocket book. No parent wants to send a child to bed or school hungry, but in some families this is inevitably what happens. Gina Allen According to the Center for American Progress , food insecurity — lacking consistent access to healthy, affordable food — cost Minnesotans around $2.25 billion in 2010, up from $1.93 billion in 2007, in lost economic productivity, higher public education costs, charity and preventable health care costs. Clearly, this is no small matter that we can afford to brush aside. The past few ...
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Convicted With No Evidence by an All-White Jury, Black Community Leader Faces Life in Prison 12.12.2014 Truthout.com
(Image: Judge and Gavel via Shutterstock)The fight in Benton Harbor is a war, it’s not a conflict. It’s a war over whether America will have prosperity and democracy, or live in poverty under the heel of open corporate rule. - Rev. Edward Pinkney As reports escalate of police assaults and murder of unarmed black men for "suspected" crimes, a jury trial certainly sounds like welcome justice. Not so for many in Michigan, where a 66-year-old black activist, Rev. Edward Pinkney, convicted of felony election fraud by an all-white jury, faces a life sentence, amid accusations of trumped-up charges and no direct evidence of wrongdoing. When an all-white jury is chosen to try a prominent black community leader of an embattled, impoverished city with a 90 percent black population, when the powers that be have numerous reasons to want him discredited, and when the evidence is entirely lacking and the punishment is draconian, there is ample cause to suspect another egregious breach of justice, as blatant as ...
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The real debate about Chicago schools 12.12.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Two challengers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel — 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia — have released education platforms this week. It's safe to say their priorities do not mirror what Chicago Public Schools has done during Emanuel's ...
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Is the Koch Brothers' Curriculum Coming to Your Child's School? 12.12.2014 Truthout.com
(Photo: Doon Harder ) The Koch brothers are trying to rewrite history. Caitlin MacNeal over at TPM is reporting that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has "encouraged" state high school teachers to start teaching a curriculum that was drafted by a Koch brothers-funded group. The Koch brothers-funded conservative takeover of public education in North Carolina started back in 2011, when that state's legislature passed a law requiring public schools to offer a history course based on the United States' "Founding Principles." That law was based on "model legislation" written by everyone's favorite corporate lobbying juggernaut, ALEC. After North Carolina passed that law, the state hired the Bill of Rights Institute to draft the curriculum for the classes. The Bill of Rights Institute has received numerous grants and donations from Charles Koch himself, and from a variety of Koch-funded groups and organizations. That's why the curriculum being taught to North Carolina students is filled with ...
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How Do Snow Days Get Decided? 12.12.2014 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
To students, snow days seem like magic -- white, powdery, magic that gives parents headaches and teachers an excuse to stay in their pajamas. But snow days aren’t magic, and the way they get decided is even less so.
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Why The President Wants To Give Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To Toddlers 11.12.2014 NPR News
Today's White House summit on early education highlights public and philanthropic partnerships to support high-quality learning opportunities for young children.
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L.A. school board member Monica Ratliff is on a new learning curve 10.12.2014 LA Times: Top News
Guest: Funding I-1351 could rob from other levels of education funding 10.12.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Washington citizens and their legislators need to think carefully whether the state can truly afford the latest class size initiative, writes guest columnist Susannah Malarkey.
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Guest: Funding I-1351 could rob from other levels of education funding 10.12.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
Washington citizens and their legislators need to think carefully whether the state can truly afford the latest class size initiative, writes guest columnist Susannah Malarkey.
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Civil Disobedience Is an Act of Love: An Interview With Tim DeChristopher 8.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Tim DeChristopher. (Photo: Linh Do / Flickr ) On December 19, 2008, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tim DeChristopher raised paddle #70 at a Bureau of Land Management auction, bidding against oil and gas companies in the leasing of Utah’s public lands—many of them situated adjacent to cherished Canyonlands National Park. Bidding started at $2 an acre and at first DeChristopher raised his paddle simply to keep the public’s heritage from going so cheaply. Then he started winning leases. When officials realized he was not a legitimate bidder—e.g., he didn’t represent an oil or gas company, nor did he have the means to pay for the leases he had won—the auction erupted into chaos and was stopped. Tim was arrested and eventually found guilty of two felony charges: violation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act and making false statements—even though the auction he disrupted was subsequently ruled illegal. On July 26, 2011, DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in a federal prison, a $10,000 fine, ...
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Douglas County voucher case heads for Colorado Supreme Court 8.12.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
On hold for more than three years, a Douglas County program using taxpayer money to send children to private schools has a date Wednesday at the Colorado Supreme Court — with the future of district-run voucher programs in the state hanging in the ...
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Douglas County voucher case heads for Colroado Supreme Court 8.12.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
On hold for more than three years, a Douglas County program using taxpayer money to send children to private schools has a date Wednesday at the Colorado Supreme Court — with the future of district-run voucher programs in the state hanging in the ...
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Make early education a bigger priority 4.12.2014 Star Tribune: Editorials
The 2015 Legislature should continue to expand access to preschool.
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Transgender dooms girls’ sports? MN pioneer says relax 3.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
It's unlikely that Minnesotans who are hyperventilating over a proposed policy on transgender athletes in Minnesota schools will be swayed by facts, but the first woman to play on a boy's sports team in the state is taking a shot at it anyway.
State Senate leader wants to end UC scholarship program foe founded 3.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
SACRAMENTO — State Senate leader Kevin de León proposed legislation Tuesday to help the University of California avoid tuition hikes by phasing out a middle-class scholarship program championed by a bitter political rival.
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Mexican president's approval ratings fall to near-record lows 2.12.2014 Star Tribune: World
Teach for America at 25: With maturity, new pressure to change 1.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The current corps represent one percent of the U.S. teaching workforce, but the ripples TFA has created are broad. In Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed $1.5 million earmark in 2013.
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Teach For America At 25: With Maturity, New Pressure To Change 1.12.2014 NPR: Morning Edition
Now a fixture on the education landscape, TFA faces new challenges — from inside and out.
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WWU president goes to China, Mongolia to boost school profile 1.12.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard traveled to China and Mongolia this month to raise WWU’s profile there and to attract more international students.
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