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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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The Gentrification of Camden's Schools: Cutting $72M from Public Education, Providing $72M to Charters

The Gentrification of Camden's Schools: Cutting $72M from Public Education, Providing $72M to Charters
Apartheid is alive and well in New Jersey and around the country, as scores of black and brown children living in high poverty are being discriminated against, their schools closed, their neighborhoods up-ended, and their voices silenced. And yet the mainstream media is perfectly content to ignore it.
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Compassion 101: KY University Prez Takes Pay Cut to Give Workers Higher Wage

Compassion 101: KY University Prez Takes Pay Cut to Give Workers Higher Wage
Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse is taking a huge $90,000 pay cut in order to give dozens of workers a higher wage. The new payment regimen will affect future presidents as well.
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For-Profit Schools Plumping Up on Vets’ G.I. Bill Benefits

For-Profit Schools Plumping Up on Vets’ G.I. Bill Benefits
Major publicly-traded for-profit college corporations are profiting off veterans’ post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits—to the tune of $1.7 billion in the 2012-2013 year alone. What’s more, seven of the top eight for-profit colleges receiving these funds are currently under state or federal investigation for deceptive and potentially illegal recruiting practices.
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AL Gov on Looting Education Budget for Corporate Welfare: 'Eat What You Kill'

AL Gov on Looting Education Budget for Corporate Welfare: 'Eat What You Kill'
It may read like satire — but unfortunately, it is not. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is calling for a special Legislative session to divert money from the state's Education Trust Fund to pay for corporate welfare. Because if corporations are people and children are just little people, than this is all the same thing. Right?
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Schooling the Corporate Education Takeover: CT Officials Hit with Federal Subpoenas

Schooling the Corporate Education Takeover: CT Officials Hit with Federal Subpoenas
In the past two and a half years, Connecticut taxpayers have seen tens of millions of dollars in public funds diverted to feed the monster known as the emerging education reform industry, aka Charter Schools. But over the past few months, the tide has been turning as the truth about Malloy, Malloy's administration, the "education reformers" and the charter schools have been coming out. Now, city and state educators have been served with subpoenas by a federal grand jury.
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Dems Get Organized Fighting Charter School Encroachment

Dems Get Organized Fighting Charter School Encroachment
Democrats for Public Education is a new group committed to blocking the progress of the charter school movement with some high profile members. The group plans to take on members of its own party who, like Michelle Rhee, have pushed the pro-corporate schooling agenda.
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