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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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Northwestern to Launch Pre-Apprenticeship Program, Aid in Push for Local Hire

Northwestern to Launch Pre-Apprenticeship Program, Aid in Push for Local Hire
The town of Evanston, Illinois, will partner with Northwestern University and local unions to create a pre-apprenticeship program for city residents. With construction at Northwestern’s campus making up a major portion of the city’s development, Evanston's mayor wanted to help residents find their way to high-paying, high-skilled union careers.
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VT Republicans Post Education Plan, Grammar Mistakes Included

VT Republicans Post Education Plan, Grammar Mistakes Included
The Vermont Republican Party posted a document outlining their stance on the state's education policy. Problem is, their treatise had three glaring grammatical errors. They probably should have gone to better schools.
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Lunches Seized From Kids in Debt at Utah Elementary School and Thrown Away

Lunches Seized From Kids in Debt at Utah Elementary School and Thrown Away
Erica Lukes and other Utah parents were outraged when their children had their deep dish pizzas and other food taken and thrown away at their elementary school after a cashier said they owed money on their lunch accounts.
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No-Bid Contracts, Charter Schools, Union Busting Could Be Downfall of CT Gov

No-Bid Contracts, Charter Schools, Union Busting Could Be Downfall of CT Gov
With nearly 500 teachers showing up at a Fairfield County meeting last night to meet with their state legislators we are reminded, yet again, that Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor and his entourage of high-priced, out-of-state consultants and personal assistants is the factor most likely to put an end to Malloy's political career.
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If You Want to Fit in at This Public School, Just Become Christian

If You Want to Fit in at This Public School, Just Become Christian
Like many people I have encountered who were raised in a Christian environment, I was indifferent to what I felt were minor infractions of the law that protects the separation of church and state. But then, when my stepson, who has been raised a Buddhist, enrolled in the sixth grade at our local school, Negreet High, it became personal.
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Christie Admin Lashes Out at Charter School Critics, Suspends Five Newark Principals

Christie Admin Lashes Out at Charter School Critics, Suspends Five Newark Principals
After a group of NJ principals answered questions at a public meeting about the Christie administration's plans to close Newark's schools in favor of corporate-owned charter schools, the educational leaders were suspended indefinitely and almost immediately. In an unprecedented move to silence its critics, Gov. Christie appears to have yet another scandal on his hands — this one impacting the education of thousands of Newark students.
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REPORT: Students Face Sexist Behavior, Disrespect at Military Academies

REPORT: Students Face Sexist Behavior, Disrespect at Military Academies
Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, a Pentagon report finds, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults.
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