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CT Gov Embroiled in Charter School Scandal, Friend Given No-Bid Contract

CT Gov Embroiled in Charter School Scandal, Friend Given No-Bid Contract
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy is trying to force charter schools down the throats of his constituents. But parents and friends of Clark Elementary School have risen up in anger, stopping the delivery of that school into private hands. The hands of, it turns out, close associates of the Governor.
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SC Lawmakers Consider Cutting Colleges’ Funding Over LGBT Books

SC Lawmakers Consider Cutting Colleges’ Funding Over LGBT Books
Last month, amid all the discussions involved in passing a $7 billion state budget, South Carolina lawmakers took a few minutes to punish state schools for assigning “gay-themed” books as part of required reading lists.
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PA Democrats Vie for Top of the Gubernatorial Ticket

PA Democrats Vie for Top of the Gubernatorial Ticket
The Pennsylvania Democratic ticket for Governor possibilities keeps growing. Though Tom Wolf seems to be a party favorite, names like newcomer Jack Wagner or stalwarts Rob McCord or Allyson Schwartz can't be discounted.
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Hillary Applauds AZ Gov's Veto of Hateful Anti-Gay Bill

Hillary Applauds AZ Gov's Veto of Hateful Anti-Gay Bill
In a speech at the University of Miami, Hillary Rodham Clinton applauded Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's refusal to sign onto a hateful 'religious freedom' bill that would have made it easier to discriminate against gay couples. Clinton also promoted civic participation, and talked on a range of foreign policy issues.
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Confused AL State Rep Believes Babies Are an Organ, Two Votes Constitute Majority

Confused AL State Rep Believes Babies Are an Organ, Two Votes Constitute Majority
Alabama State Representative Sue McClurkin, Chair of the House Education Policy Committee, passed a voice vote that would mandate Christian prayer recital in public schools. Only problem is that only two of those present voted 'aye'. A majority voted the measure down. She's either bad at math, or bad at democracy.
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One J-School Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half

One J-School Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half
Sheryl Swingley has been the journalism internship coordinator at Ball State University for more than 20 years, where she also teaches journalism. ProPublica sat down to talk with her about paid and unpaid internships, the kind of advice she offers students and trends at Ball State – where she says students’ paid summer internships have dropped by nearly half.
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Blair Hickman
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With 136,500 Unemployed, CT Board of Ed May Give TFA $650,940 to Recruit Out-of-State Teachers

With 136,500 Unemployed, CT Board of Ed May Give TFA $650,940 to Recruit Out-of-State Teachers
In an extraordinary statement about the fundamental lack of commitment to Connecticut citizens, the Hartford Board of Education will be meeting tonight to authorize Superintendent Christina Kishimoto to extend the Hartford Board of Education's contract with Teach for America, costing Connecticut and Hartford taxpayers an additional $650,940. Meanwhile, 136,500 Connecticut residents remain unemployed including many trained teachers who already hold Connecticut teacher certificates.
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How Privatization Perverts Education

How Privatization Perverts Education
Profit-seeking in the banking and health care industries has victimized Americans. Now it's beginning to happen in education, with our children as the products.
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Cashing In On Standardized Tests for 4-year-olds

Cashing In On Standardized Tests for 4-year-olds
Sandy Kress, the controversial testing lobbyist, is leading a new raid on school taxes. This month he registered to lobby for Amplify, the company that wants to replace textbooks with tablet computers, positioning him to grab some of the hundreds of millions of dollars Education Sec. Arne Duncan is offering to create pre-K tests.
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Majoring in Fiction: Fund-Slashing CT Gov Touts Higher Ed at Press Conference

Majoring in Fiction: Fund-Slashing CT Gov Touts Higher Ed at Press Conference
Connecticut's right-leaning, education-slashing governor, Dannel Malloy, touted in a press conference Wednesday the "major investment" he was making in Connecticut's public education. After a 5% cut in overall education spending, that is a bold statement, indeed.
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