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More poverty, fewer federal dollars: Suburban Denver schools face hard choices about who gets cut off 15.2.2020 Denver Post: Local
School districts are seeing areas of concentrated poverty with more schools needing extra resources to address the challenges students face. At the same time, districts are receiving fewer federal dollars meant to help schools provide those services to students from low-income families. Districts can either spread out funds more widely, or narrow the focus to fewer schools and leave some students behind.
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Colorado orders HOPE Online to close its elementary operations following low performance 14.2.2020 Denver Post: Local
In an about-face from last month, a majority of State Board of Education members on Thursday said they had no confidence that the HOPE Online elementary school model can or will ever work, and ordered it closed.
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Denver’s Lincoln and Manual high schools ordered to follow improvement plans 14.2.2020 Denver Post: Local
For the first time ever, two Denver schools faced state action Thursday after years of low performance. But rather than close the schools or convert them to charters, the State Board of Education largely endorsed the Denver district’s own improvement plans.
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Intense Boreal Forest Fires a Climate Concern 13.2.2020 WRI Stories
Intense Boreal Forest Fires a Climate Concern Comments|Add Comment|PrintCuckegg Creek Fire in Alberta, Canada. Photo by Alberta Wildfire The Chuckegg Creek wildfire sparked in Alberta, Canada on May 12, 2019. Over the next three months, the blaze burned across 280,000 hectares, forcing more than 10,000 people to evacuate their homes. On the Global Forest Watch platform, bright red fire alerts were visible blossoming out across the landscape. More fire alerts were detected in Alberta in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Major Labor Strikes Surged in 2019 12.2.2020 Mother Jones
Last May, for the second year in a row, thousands of North Carolina public school teachers marched to the state Capitol in red t-shirts to demand better funding for public schools and Medicaid. In part because of the strike, Governor Roy Cooper has refused to sign a budget that doesn’t include robust pay raises for […]
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St. Paul teachers union sets a Feb. 20 vote on authorizing a strike 11.2.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Leaders of the St. Paul Federation of Educators voted Monday night to ask their members whether they should authorize a strike against the St. Paul Public Schools. The union and district averted a strike during contract talks two years ago.
Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Feb. 3-9 9.2.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Denver Post's most important stories from the past week, with a special focus on the story we've decided should lead our Sunday newspaper.
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One year after Denver’s historic teacher strike, what did the walkout accomplish? 9.2.2020 Denver Post: Local
Now, one year after Denver's first teacher strike in a quarter-century, many educators say the walkout was a step in the right direction for a district long criticized for its top-heavy administration and a convoluted pay system. Teachers watched their activism burgeon into change -- the kind of change that impacts bank accounts and instills goodwill among colleagues and the community.
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Janitors, security guards in Twin Cities vote to authorize strike 9.2.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
SEIU Local 26 President Iris Altamirano said a key issue in the labor dispute is sick time. City ordinances in Minneapolis and St. Paul mandate six sick days a year. But Altamirano said janitors and security workers elsewhere in the metro get half that.
HealthPartners union votes in favor of strike 8.2.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Nurses, physician assistants and other caregivers in the union representing 1,800 HealthPartners workers have voted overwhelmingly to strike if a contract agreement cannot be reached before Feb. 19.
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Endorsement: The L.A. Times' endorsements in races for LAUSD school board 5.2.2020 LA Times: Opinion

In the coming election, the incumbents, flawed though some may be, are the best candidates and should be returned to their seats.

Read the Full Transcript of Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address 5.2.2020 Mother Jones
Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address tonight. Here is the full transcript of his remarks, via Vox: Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow citizens: Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you to share […]
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Editorial: The real State of the Union you won't hear from Trump 4.2.2020 LA Times: Opinion

In what promises to be a through-the-looking-glass moment, President Trump delivers his third State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

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Turkey, Syria trade deadly strikes as Russia watches uneasily 4.2.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Half a dozen Turkish troops and at least 13 Syrians died Monday in the Syrian border province of Idlib. The spasm of violence between the bitter neighbors also threatens to ensnare Syrian ally Russia.
Pentagon increases U.S. injury toll from Iranian attack yet again — to 64 1.2.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The missile strikes in Iraq earlier this month did not kill any U.S. service members. But in the weeks following, the number of troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury has gone up repeatedly.
The Cheering Crowds in Trump’s Big Super Bowl Ad Were Forced to Be There 31.1.2020 Mother Jones
Ahead of Super Bowl LIV, with an anticipated 100 million viewers, President Donald Trump debuted his new TV ad on Thursday that features footage from a speech at a Pennsylvania petrochemical plant where workers were forced to attend—or risk not getting paid. The 30-second ad, which is one of two that are set to air during […]
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'I have lost everything': Iranian students with valid visas sent home upon arrival at U.S. airports 29.1.2020 L.A. Times - World News

At least 16 Iranian students with valid visas have been sent home upon their arrival to American airports since last August, immigration attorneys said, in addition to about a dozen more in Tehran who were unexpectedly prevented from boarding flights bound for the U.S.

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Powerful earthquake strikes Caribbean; no reports of injuries or damage 29.1.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The 7.7-magnitude temblor struck off the coasts of Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands. Social media was flooded with posts of photos and video from people documenting the event.
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West Coast longshore union braces for bankruptcy, unnerving labor nationally 28.1.2020 LA Times: Nation

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union is preparing to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy if a federal judge lets stand a $94-million jury award.

Hear the Bern: Why Bernie Sanders Strikes a Chord With Musicians 28.1.2020 Mother Jones
Evan Weiss was surprised when he got a text message asking if his band could perform at a rally for Bernie Sanders in Coralville, Iowa, in November. The text came from an old friend of Weiss who works for Sanders’ campaign as an event coordinator and has a hand in booking the music for campaign […]
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