Before joining Watchdog.org in December, 2013, Paul Brennan wrote for numerous publications from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles (and many places in between), covering a wide range of topics, from skateparks to cloning.

Education week-in-review: A deadbeat and a killer mural

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Arizona, Education, Education Blog, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From a million dollar deadbeat in New York to a killer mural in Milwaukee, it’s been a busy week in education.

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Crowdfunded European tour changes how Milwaukee students see the world

By   /  May 14, 2015  /  Education, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Diamond Hutton and her fellow students studied the important cultural differences between Europe and America for months before their trip across the pond.

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Education week-in-review: nonsense and passion

By   /  May 8, 2015  /  Colorado, Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Montana, News, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org
A Philadelphia school leader used one word to describe the claim that charter schools are promoting racial segregation, and a Milwaukee educator had one word to explain why she came out of retirement to teach at a new charter school.
Watchdog.org expounds on both words, along with plenty more on the most interesting […]

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Veteran educators bring decades of experience to new Wisconsin charter school

By   /  May 5, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Jeff Bersch’s enthusiasm for teaching is obvious as he shows his students at Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Charter School how to solve a math problem.

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Education week-in-review: teacher competence and a big prom problem

By   /  May 1, 2015  /  California, Colorado, Education, Education Blog, Indiana, Memphis, Michigan, Montana, News, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan
How many states consider competence when deciding which teachers to lay off? What common, inoffensive slang term caused school officials to call the cops on a student asking a girl to prom?
Watchdog.org has the answers, along with plenty of other interesting and important stories from this week’s education news.
National
Should competence count?
Falling birthrates […]

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Hispanics for School Choice is bringing its Wisconsin experience to Texas

By   /  May 1, 2015  /  Education, News, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org
MILWAUKEE, Wis.— In many ways, Wisconsin and Texas are as different as a dairy cow and a longhorn steer.
But not when it comes to parents seeking the best education for their children, according to Jason Crye.
“The needs are the same,” Crye, executive director of Hispanics for School Choice, told Watchdog.org.
Milwaukee-based HFSC […]

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