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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.
WHO: East Asia at risk from Ebola but more prepared than other regions due to SARS experience 10.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Who Needs Algebra? 10.10.2014 NPR News
It's long been considered essential to a well-rounded education. But this one subject keeps millions of people from getting a degree.
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The race for governor: Dayton, Johnson differ on education spending 9.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican nominee Jeff Johnson debate in Moorhead today. Education spending will be a key issue. Dayton wants to boost per-pupil spending. Johnson won't make any promises.
Why Are Teach for America and a California Billionaire Investing in a Minnesota School Board Race? 8.10.2014 Truthout.com
Don Samuels at the DFL Minneapolis City Convention in 2013. (Photo: Mpls55408 / Flickr ) In the aftermath of a failed 2013 bid for mayor, former Minneapolis city council member Don Samuels is running for a spot on the school board. If he wins, he will undoubtedly be able to thank the extensive financing and canvassing support he’s received from several well-heeled national organizations, such as the Washington, D.C.-based 50CAN , an offshoot of Education Reform Now called Students for Education Reform (SFER), and various people associated with Teach for America, which has been called a “ political powerhouse ” for its growing influence in policy and politics beyond the classroom. These groups often project an image of grassroots advocacy but are in fact very well-funded, often through the support of extremely wealthy hedge fund managers and large philanthropic foundations. Together, they and like-minded “education reform” proponents have dramatically, but not necessarily democratically, altered how ...
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Report: Outside money pouring into Mpls. school races 8.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Why would a couple of national organizations care about a school board race in Minneapolis?
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The Post’s choices for Prince George’s school board 8.10.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
GENERAL ELECTIONS in Prince George’s County tend to be anticlimactic, given the county’s heavily Democratic registration that generally makes the primary the main event. School board races, which are nonpartisan, tend to be an exception to this rule, and this year’s are especially significant. Reform of public education in Prince George’s is at a critical stage, and the choices voters make Nov. 4 will determine whether County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell will have partners in — or impediments to — that ...
Charity report ranks states, cities on generosity 5.10.2014 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed
NEW YORK (AP) — Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
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Student Protests Are a Bigger Deal Than You Think 5.10.2014 Truthout.com
When hundreds of high school students across a suburban school district outside of Denver, Colo. recently walked out of classes to protest a history curriculum, it quickly became national news . According to a local reporter , the students took to the streets multiple days in a row "to voice their concerns over a proposed curriculum review panel they believe could stifle an honest teaching of U.S. history." But the story has now widened into a much larger controversy. The students' teachers got involved as well, staging a " mass sick-out " in support of the students. The national outlet for Fox News has since chimed in with an alarmist interpretation of the events, which prompted an immediate response from liberal news watchdog Media Matters . Now, prominent national political leaders, like potential Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson , are voicing their interpretations of the events, and even organizations as well-known as The College Board have seen fit to take a stand. So this is a big ...
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