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Under Duress, Charter School Discloses Salaries, with 1 Conspicuously Missing

 Under Duress, Charter School Discloses Salaries, with 1 Conspicuously Missing
Charter School on financial probation releases financials, but omits key salary.
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Standardized Stupidity: National Tests Are About School Accountability, Not Teaching Kids

Standardized Stupidity: National Tests Are About School Accountability, Not Teaching Kids
Why is it so important for every one of the nation's students in Grades 3 through 8 — and a whole host of high school students taking the new end-of-course assessments — to devote an enormous amount of their instructional time to taking standardized tests? Why should their teachers rewrite their curricula to align with these tests? Why should taxpayers spend a boatload of money on these tests, rather than put the funds into our children's classrooms?
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Groundswell Shouts Down Time Magazine’s Egregious Teacher-Hating Cover

Groundswell Shouts Down Time Magazine’s Egregious Teacher-Hating Cover
You wouldn't have a mechanic perform your heart surgery, would you? So why is Time Magazine giving a bunch of billionaires – with no experience running schools – who want to "fix" the public education system such extensive coverage?
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Study Shows NJ Charters Cherry-Picking Students, Leaving Most In-Need to Public System

Study Shows NJ Charters Cherry-Picking Students, Leaving Most In-Need to Public System
A new study shows New Jersey charter schools reaping the benefits of taxpayer funds, but without having to teach or care for those students most in need – economically, or disability-wise.
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Per Student Spending in Oklahoma Has Dropped 23.6% Since 2008

Per Student Spending in Oklahoma Has Dropped 23.6% Since 2008
A new study shows that Oklahoma continues to have a major education funding crisis and no amount of denial by Gov. Mary Fallin's office is going to make it go away. In its study, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that per student spending has dropped in Oklahoma by 23.6 percent since 2008. This means, adjusting for inflation, the state spends $857 less per student each year. The decline is the steepest in the nation.
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Students Walk Out After Attack on 'Union that Defends Public Education'

Students Walk Out After Attack on 'Union that Defends Public Education'
Students from at least two Philadelphia public high schools refused to go to classes Wednesday morning to protest the recent and abrupt cancellation of the city’s contract with the Philadelphia teachers' union.
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NY State Considers Allowing Technical, Skilled Trades as Core Subjects for High School Graduation

NY State Considers Allowing Technical, Skilled Trades as Core Subjects for High School Graduation
In New York, the state Board of Regents is considering allowing high school students who take technical and career oriented classes to replace one of the five core regents exams with a “career pathway assessment.” Advocates say that the change would positively affect dropout rates and test scores, and help students toward the careers they want the most. The changes will be considered at the board’s meeting later this month.
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The Rich Are Taking the Lunch Money Away From Broken-Down Schools

The Rich Are Taking the Lunch Money Away From Broken-Down Schools
Cuts to Head Start and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have taken food away from schoolchildren. The cuts are directly related to the dramatic dropoff in federal corporate tax revenue.
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Underage Teen's 'Alcohol Related Death' Highlights Need for Responsibility and Accountability at Frat Houses

Underage Teen's 'Alcohol Related Death' Highlights Need for Responsibility and Accountability at Frat Houses
Years ago, an incident like the death of Caitlyn P. Kovacs would have been considered a personal tragedy, primarily the fault of the deceased. Not anymore. Over the past two decades the state of New Jersey has passed a myriad of laws that have shifted the responsibility for such actions to the adult hosts, be they parents or a bunch of partying Frat boys. New Jersey's 'Social Host Liability Act' and related laws additionally have added several serious criminal and civil penalties to such situations, from jail time to steep fines or both. But is it enough?
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Outsource Custodians, Insource Rats: Chicago Schools Fall Apart After Privatization

Outsource Custodians, Insource Rats: Chicago Schools Fall Apart After Privatization
Privatization is not the cure-all politicians like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel would have us believe. When custodial services were pawned off to the lowest bidder for the city's public schools, cleanliness became an afterthought.
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