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Did the Democratic Gov of CT Make Efforts to Strip Collective Bargaining Rights from Teachers?

Did the Democratic Gov of CT Make Efforts to Strip Collective Bargaining Rights from Teachers?
Had the Connecticut General Assembly not stripped Gov. Dannel Malloy's anti-union provisions, 1,000 - 1,500 public school teachers, in up to 25 mostly poor schools across the state, would have lost their rights to collective bargain. Even scarier: Malloy is Connecticut's least anti-union candidate for governor.
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Remember Scott Walker: Michelle Obama Rally Serves as Reminder of Last Time Wisconsin Slept at Midterms

 Remember Scott Walker: Michelle Obama Rally Serves as Reminder of Last Time Wisconsin Slept at Midterms
First Lady Michelle Obama was in Milwaukee on Monday at a campaign rally for Democratic candidate for governor, Mary Burke, urging Dems to snap out of it and catch Midterm Fever! *jazz hands*
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Debtors Say the Darndest Things: It'll Cost $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013

Debtors Say the Darndest Things: It'll Cost $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013
A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday. Those costs — food, housing, childcare and education — rose 1.8 percent over the previous year.
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Gun Nuts Target New Demographic: Children

Gun Nuts Target New Demographic: Children
"My Parents Open Carry" is the first ever children's book that promotes the Open Carry culture for children. Wonder if there will be a follow-up starring a nice young black family carrying assault rifles openly.
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Sen Elizabeth Warren Has Some Fighting Words

Sen Elizabeth Warren Has Some Fighting Words
Senator Elizabeth Warren recently laid out 11 core progressive values in a powerful speech at Netroots Nations. Watch the video on the flip, in which the senator explains how these principles are fundamentally American — and something we should be fighting to support.
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MO Gov Nixon Nixes Absurd Gun Law

MO Gov Nixon Nixes Absurd Gun Law
On Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon shone a brief light of sanity on the gun debate playing out in the US when he vetoed a bill allowing teachers to carry weapons to school.
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National Governors' Meeting: Debutante Ball for Prez Wannabes

National Governors' Meeting: Debutante Ball for Prez Wannabes
The National Governors Association's three-day gathering is a time for grave discussions on immigration, education and health care reform implementation. It's also a time for preening peacocks to strut their stuff, vying for their chance to be presidential contender.
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Minnesota Now Has Its First Two Unionized Charter Schools. 148 to Go.

Minnesota Now Has Its First Two Unionized Charter Schools. 148 to Go.
In Minnesota, union organizers are making inroads at charter schools as teachers increasingly feel they need power in numbers to affect positive change at the privatized schools. In January, teachers at the Twin Cities German Immersion School organized after minor clashes with higher-ups. And in July the teachers and staff of the Community School of Excellence in St. Paul did the same. The two schools are the first of Minnesota’s 150 charter schools to go union.
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Recess Is Over: Charter Schools Launch PR Blitz to Combat Damning Report

Recess Is Over: Charter Schools Launch PR Blitz to Combat Damning Report
A new investigative report from the Detroit Free Press reveals a problem in Michigan found in many other states: Charter schools with little oversight and nearly no regulation underperforming to the detriment of students. The report’s findings led the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), a lobby group focusing on the for-profit education industry, to wage an all-out PR campaign to minimize the positive impact of this solid journalistic effort.
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Nixing CA Teacher Tenure Just the Beginning. Pro-Business Groups Set Sights on Nat'l Public Education

Nixing CA Teacher Tenure Just the Beginning. Pro-Business Groups Set Sights on Nat'l Public Education
A pro-business Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that California's allowance of teacher tenure was in fact unconstitutional. This unprecedented ruling comes after fierce lobbying and lawsuits brought by the corporate-funded Students Matter (euphemism!). The group has plans to expand nationally.
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