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Tax Dollars, Lax Scholars: Michigan Spends $1B/Year on Charter Schools with Little Accountability

Tax Dollars, Lax Scholars: Michigan Spends $1B/Year on Charter Schools with Little Accountability
The Freep has a story about how the state of Michigan opened up the floodgates for charter schools, refused to properly oversee them, and instead created an environment in which money flows from tax coffers into private pockets with very little accountability. Unfortunately, Michigan is not an anomaly.
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Greg Abbott Tries to Take a Stand, but Candidate for Gov Fails to Address 96% of TX Students

Greg Abbott Tries to Take a Stand, but Candidate for Gov Fails to Address 96% of TX Students
Unless Greg Abbott plans to turn the entire Texas Public Education system into charter schools and magnet academies, his latest campaign video still sheds little light on his position regarding education funding or traditional public schools.
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Newark School Superintendent to Get $50,000 Bonus Amid $56 Million Budget Cuts

Newark School Superintendent to Get $50,000 Bonus Amid $56 Million Budget Cuts
Embattled Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson has had a hard year. Anderson has earned the ire of Newark students, teachers, and taxpayers over the last two years. The Newark Board of Education gave her a vote of no confidence. But it’s not all bad. Because this year she’s up for a $50,000 bonus — even while she cut funding for Newark schools by over $56 million.
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Rob Duffey
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Rogue Bridgeport Schools Superintendent Sued by Teachers Union

Rogue Bridgeport Schools Superintendent Sued by Teachers Union
Bridgeport School Superintendent Paul Vallas is breaking the law by not allowing teachers, parents, and community leaders to participate in the educational process as outlined in state statutes, according to a complaint filed by the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) with the State Department of Education today.
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Robert Reich – Invest in America

Fifty years ago America invested in public education, infrastructure and research. If America wants to remain competitive, it must continue making investments in public works.
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AL State Legislators Endorse Religious Education, but Only for Christians

Listen up, Alabama legislators! All y'all who think that you can take taxpayer money & promote your personal religious beliefs or - even worse - use your public elected position to do the same.... take a look at Louisiana before you write any more laws. This past legislative session, Louisiana governor (and rising GOP star) Bobby Jindal championed a "reform" to public education. HB976 set up a voucher program where parents could use state funds to send their kids to religious schools. Funny though... there are other religions than Christianity - even in Louisiana and some of the schools applying for funds are - GASP!! - Muslim!
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