Education

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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Guns are Coming to Missouri Schools, Thanks to GOP Veto Override

Guns are Coming to Missouri Schools, Thanks to GOP Veto Override
Missouri lawmakers expanded the potential for teachers to bring guns to schools and for residents to openly carry firearms, in a vote Thursday that capped a two-year effort by the Republican-led Legislature to expand gun rights over the objection of the Democratic governor.
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Putting Job At Risk, Kindergarten Teacher Refuses to Administer Standardized Test

Putting Job At Risk, Kindergarten Teacher Refuses to Administer Standardized Test
Risking her job and life passion, a kindergarten teacher in Florida is taking a stand against the high-stakes takeover of the public school system by refusing to administer the state-mandated standardized test to her young students.
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College is the Only Gateway to the Middle Class, but it Shouldn't Be

College is the Only Gateway to the Middle Class, but it Shouldn't Be
This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn’t be.
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Condoms, Condoned: Educators Fight Back Against Useless 'Abstinence-Only' Programs

Condoms, Condoned: Educators Fight Back Against Useless 'Abstinence-Only' Programs
When it comes to reproductive health, many students are censored from getting the facts to help them avoid unintended pregnancy until they're ready, prevent STIs, and have a positive self-image. That's because anti-choice politicians have forced teachers to teach "abstinence-only" programs in classrooms across the country, even though they're a huge disaster:
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Higher Learning: College Costs Have Risen 1,225% Over 36 Years

Higher Learning: College Costs Have Risen 1,225% Over 36 Years
The accompanying chart shows that college tuition costs have ballooned 13-fold since 1978. In that 36-year period tuition has risen 1,225 percent. By contrast, medical costs have risen 634 percent and the Consumer Price Index has risen just 279 percent. That apprenticeship suddenly doesn't seem like such a bad idea.
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Tea Party Falls For Hoax Article: 'Common Core Turns Students Gay'

Tea Party Falls For Hoax Article: 'Common Core Turns Students Gay'
The Tea Party of Louisiana has declared Sen. David Vitter a “turncoat of liberty” because of his support for Common Core, warning Monday that the education standards will turn kids gay.
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Malloy Ploy: CT Education Commissioner Steps Down to Appease Teachers in Election Year

Malloy Ploy: CT Education Commissioner Steps Down to Appease Teachers in Election Year
Did one of Gov. Dan Malloy's biggest re-election liabilities takes one for the team...or was he shown the door? Stefan Pryor announced yesterday that he will not seek another term as the state education commissioner, according to a report in the CT Mirror, in an obvious hat tip to the teachers and unions in the state unhappy with the administration's move towards privatized public education (aka, charter schools), among other things.
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