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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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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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