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Heather Kays was a former Watchdog senior education reporter.

School choice a path to victory in Florida legislative elections

By   /  December 2, 2016  /  Education, Florida, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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Less than two weeks before Election Day, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten told Politico that the 2016 contest could be “a transformational election for the state Legislature in Florida.” Weingarten proved a prophet. But not quite in the way she envisioned. Hoping for an electoral mandate that would create a “pro-public education caucus,” Florida’s […]

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Charter alliance creates fund to protect charter schools in the courts

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

“Because our ultimate goal is to empower families we thought we needed to ramp up our effort,” said Rees.

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New Jersey parents want to end last-in-first-out for teacher layoffs

By   /  November 16, 2016  /  Education, Judiciary, National, New Jersey, News  /  No Comments

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To the casual observer, a law requiring layoffs of competent teachers while ineffective teachers stay employed might not seem like it is in the best interest of students. Enter the state of New Jersey, where the law requires exactly that. So six parents from Newark filed a lawsuit this month challenging the constitutionality of the state’s […]

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Charter supporters say they’ll be back after Massachusetts voters crush expansion proposal

By   /  November 9, 2016  /  Education, Massachusetts, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Charter school proponents in Massachusetts decried what they called the “false choice” presented by opponents of a ballot question that would have allowed for 12 new charter schools to open each year in the Bay State. Voters overwhelmingly rejected the proposal; charter supporters say they’ll be back to try again. Voters defeated the ballot question, which also […]

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Self-interest and subsidies: Why for-profit colleges converting to nonprofit status is less nefarious than you think

By   /  November 8, 2016  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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It’s the subsidies, stupid. Or maybe it’s the stupid subsidies. Whichever is the case, the raging debate over for-profit colleges converting to nonprofit status is a distraction, says a libertarian scholar. Everybody is in it to make money, according to Neal McCluskey, director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, a Washington, […]

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Fight over Massachusetts charter cap too close to call

By   /  November 3, 2016  /  Education, Massachusetts, National, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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The furious battle over a Massachusetts ballot initiative that would lift a cap on charter school growth in the Bay State is going down to the wire, and neither side feels secure in predicting how Tuesday’s vote will turn out. The ballot question would allow for a potential 12 new charter schools per year and up […]

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