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Department of Education Demands Greater Accountability from College Accreditors

Department of Education Demands Greater Accountability from College Accreditors
The U.S. Department of Education announced new transparency measures for college accreditors today, encouraging the organizations to focus more on student outcomes such as graduation rates. As part of a series of legislative recommendations, the agency also called on Congress to give it the power to set standards for how accreditors measure student achievement.
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Ties Bind Conservative School Board's Anti-Union Attacks

Ties Bind Conservative School Board's Anti-Union Attacks
The most recent battle in the conservative attack on teachers’ unions erupted in Loveland’s Thompson School District. The fight comes in the wake of similar — and perhaps politically connected — squabbles in Jefferson County and Douglas County where conservative board members have tried to bulldoze the unions — and in JeffCo may get recalled instead.
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E4E Series Intro: A Letter to Minnesota's Students of Color

E4E Series Intro: A Letter to Minnesota's Students of Color
Editor’s Note: This begins an on-going series featuring the proactive work Educators for Excellence (E4E) is doing in several regions throughout the country, enabling and empowering educators as they seek to impact substantial legislative progress in the service of a better education sector.
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Confounded Fathers: Constitution Framers Appalled at Attacks on Free Public Education

Confounded Fathers: Constitution Framers Appalled at Attacks on Free Public Education
This post originally ran in May 2012. We are reviving it at this time in conjunction with Bernie Sanders' call for a free public college education for all. We hope it sheds some light on why this not only isn't a radical idea, but is one deeply rooted in our nation's history. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Opt-Out Movement Grows as Parents Fight Back Against Unfair Common Core Tests

Opt-Out Movement Grows as Parents Fight Back Against Unfair Common Core Tests
New York's Common Core testing madness is one year ahead of Connecticut's, which means parents know more and are taking action to protect their children. Last summer, the majority of parents in New York State were told their children were failures as a result of that state's version of the unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory Common Core testing scheme. As a result, parents were prepared for this year's testing scam and record numbers of public school students were opted-out of the testing fiasco.
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Is Public Education in Alabama Poised on the Brink of Disaster?

Is Public Education in Alabama Poised on the Brink of Disaster?
Hyperbole? Not really. Let's take a look at recent events and the GOP supermajority's plan to "fix" the state budget crisis during the special session set to reconvene the first week of August.
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OK Not OK: Gambling With Education, NV Rolls the Dice; OK Debates

OK Not OK: Gambling With Education, NV Rolls the Dice; OK Debates
An editorial in The Oklahoman lauding Nevada's new law that authorizes education savings accounts or vouchers for all school children fails to address a serious argument against such a policy.
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More Chris Christie Chaos; Biggest Student Walkout in Newark History

More Chris Christie Chaos; Biggest Student Walkout in Newark History
Newark students are now making their way to McCarter Highway with a plan to send a loud and clear message to Governor Chris Christie!!! #OurNewark
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Viva Citizen Journalism! #GiveLocal15 is May 5th - Support The UpTake for the Win!

Viva Citizen Journalism! #GiveLocal15 is May 5th - Support The UpTake for the Win!
On Tuesday, May 5, GiveMN.org will be adding $1,000 to the donations of five random donors. We hope your gift to The UpTake will be one of the lucky winners.
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Education, Not Cheap Cigarettes, Lifts People Out Of Poverty

Education, Not Cheap Cigarettes, Lifts People Out Of Poverty
In Minnesota's legislature, Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R) and Rep. Carly Melin (DFL) disagree about a bill that would prevent cigarette taxes from automatically going up every year.
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