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NO. 20 AND RISING: An annual study done by the National Education Association shows New Mexico jumped from 25th to 20th in per-pupil spending in the past year.

Separating fact from fiction on Texas school spending

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“For many schools the recession never ended.” With the media in Texas turning its attention to what will be a full-throated debate on school finance reform in this next legislative session, the grim headline on a National Public Radio website story demanded attention. The point of the story came in the single quote from Michael Leachman, […]

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Published on: October 26, 2016

UW-Platteville professor pays price for standing up for student, taking on administration

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"I want to do the right thing but it is hard to know that I probably will lose my job over this."
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Published on: October 26, 2016

High-dollar Paxton prosecution puts Collin County judge on hot seat

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The Collin County Commissioners Court voted 5-0 Monday in support of a resolution to challenge excessive payments to the ...
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Published on: October 25, 2016


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Special Needs Scholarship Program’s first year enrollment exceeds expectations

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The first year of Wisconsin’s Special Needs Scholarship Program is showing there is a demand for voucher-style school choice for ...
Published on: October 25, 2016
SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER: Milwaukee Public Schools is costing taxpayers million by blocking choice schools from buying empty buildings.

Building block: D.C. task force to examine charters’ facility challenges

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As the city’s Cross-Collaboration Task Force of district and charter school representatives tackles mutual education concer ...
Published on: October 26, 2016
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Intellectual property rights have long history in constitutional law

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As modern digital technology continues to evolve, creating new industries while pushing the boundaries of the old, understanding t ...
Published on: October 26, 2016
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Swanton Wind developer wants board to speed things up

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Developers are demanding that residents who want a say on the Swanton Wind Project be given two weeks to decide whether they will ...
Published on: October 25, 2016

More Wisconsin parents choosing school choice programs

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“The continuing increase in enrollment confirms that parents want more educational options for the kids,” said Justin Moralez,
Published on: October 25, 2016
Health care financing

Health care regulators vote to approve confusing all-payer model

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The Green Mountain Care Board on Wednesday voted to approve a new way of paying for health care, but understanding what that means ...
Published on: October 26, 2016
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American Bird Conservancy says no to wind turbine project

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“The wind energy industry publicly claims to be concerned about bird and bat mortality but continues to build large, commercial ...
Published on: October 24, 2016
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Lawmakers target travel budgets for potential cuts

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Mississippi lawmakers intent on cutting state spending turned their sights on government travel this week, an area in which many a ...
Published on: October 25, 2016
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College trustees travel on taxpayer tab, then hike tuition

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Alamo College trustees spent $11,796 attending a Las Vegas convention of Latino leaders – one of scores of trips put on San Anto ...
Published on: October 26, 2016


Sheriff David Clarke takes down drunk and aggressive passenger on NC-bound flight

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“If it had been directed at me I would have kicked his ass.”
Published on: September 25, 2016

Cook County ballot box tries to cast GOP votes for Democrats

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Early Voting in Illinois got off to its typical start, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed in ...
Published on: October 22, 2014

Top judges resign at troubled Social Security Chicago headquarters file photo

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“Hopefully the new leadership that is chosen will be effective and professional ..."
Published on: October 19, 2016

$6 Billion Boondoggle

Mississippi regulators concerned about Kemper Project operational costs

ICEBERG: While Mississippi Power's Kemper Project clean coal power plant was costly to build, it might even be more costly to operate and maintain.

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Mississippi regulators are expressing concern about the Kemper Project clean coal power plant after the utility admitted ...
Published on: October 25, 2016

Mississippi Power gets $63 million tax exemption from Jackson County

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The Jackson County Board of Supervisors approved a tax exemption for Mississippi Power this week that resulted in a par ...
Published on: October 20, 2016

Utility admits Kemper Project could be costlier to operate than originally estimated

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Mississippi Power admitted to regulators that the Kemper Project will cost more than $1 billion over the first five year ...
Published on: October 18, 2016