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In Post-Acr 10 Wisconsin, Madison Teachers Receive Whopping 0.25% Raise

In Post-Acr 10 Wisconsin, Madison Teachers Receive Whopping 0.25% Raise
In their continuing fight for post-Act 10 rights, Madison Teachers Inc. has ratified a contract with the Madison Metropolitan School board for 2015-2016. Both the board and the teachers wanted to get the deal in place before the State Supreme Court rules on the union’s complaint over local bargaining rights. The contract will give the teachers a 0.25 percent raise.
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Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running

Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running
The Pennsylvania budget will contain a moratorium on construction spending by school districts for the third straight year, meaning schools in need of repair will have to find solutions without state aid. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s construction cuts began in 2012, when he cut funding to new applications, thus stalling 354 projects in various stages of construction and capital across the Commonwealth. The state’s Department of Education has estimated that it would take at least $1.6 billion to reimburse all projects.
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Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.

Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.
What if a surgeon’s medical license could be taken away based on an error-prone statistical formula that ranked his abilities on a scale of 1 to 5, based on the success (or failure) of a small number of the operations he performed? Or imagine if a lawyer could lose her membership to the bar because a statistical estimate of her success predicted that she would lose the majority of her cases next year.
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Congraduation! The Average 2014 College Graduate Leaves with $33k in Debt

Congraduation! The Average 2014 College Graduate Leaves with $33k in Debt
Even after adjusting for inflation, the average 2014 college graduate has twice as much debt as their 1994 counterparts. Just 20 years. This year's newest members of the work force (or slaves to more debt in grad school) wrestled the title of "Most Indebted Class in U.S. History" from last year's reigning champs. Yay school!
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Tale of Two States: CT Court Boosts Public Ed While Neighboring RI Slashes It

Tale of Two States: CT Court Boosts Public Ed While Neighboring RI Slashes It
Connecticut and Rhode Island have a few similarities, but their approach to public education is not one of them. Where Connecticut's Supreme Court has strengthened access to public education, Rhode Island has cut it, leaving a disparity that will only grow in time.
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Like a Racist, Bad Houseguest, Segregation Stuck Around for 60 Years After the Brown Decision

Like a Racist, Bad Houseguest, Segregation Stuck Around for 60 Years After the Brown Decision
Brown v. Board of Education ended the official policy of segregation, but that doesn't mean that we, as a country, aren't still living in a 2-tiered class system. Much more needs to be done before separate-but-equal is truly a thing of the past.
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VIDEO: Newark Students Stage Dramatic Board of Education Protest

VIDEO: Newark Students Stage Dramatic Board of Education Protest
Newark high school students staged an all-night sit-in at the Board of Education on Tuesday into Wednesday. They came with a list of demands for Cami Anderson, including her immediate resignation, but Chris Christie appointee wasn't interested. The students stayed at the meeting much longer than she did.
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KY Gov Deliberately Starving Teachers' Pensions, Says Lawsuit

KY Gov Deliberately Starving Teachers' Pensions, Says Lawsuit
An upcoming lawsuit by the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) claims Kentucky Governor Steve Bashear and his right wing friends in the General Assembly are starving the state's teachers' pensions. The most recent state budget has about half of what the KTRS asked for to keep the pensions solvent.
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Sold One Thing, Given Another: Charter Schools Fall Far Short of Their Promises

Sold One Thing, Given Another: Charter Schools Fall Far Short of Their Promises
Charter schools were sold to the American people as a more efficient and dynamic form of education. The reality as shown in several new studies is much different than we were told, with charters spending less per student and more rife with fraud than the public system.
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Charter Schools Fail: New Reports Call Their ‘Magic’ Into Question

Charter Schools Fail: New Reports Call Their ‘Magic’ Into Question
When members of the U.S. House of Representatives consider, beginning today, a bill to incentivize the expansion of charter schools, you can expect there to be a lot of heat but not very much light in their discussion of the need for more of these institutions.
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