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: Ghosts and quotas

By   /  July 31, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From Pennsylvania, where a judge ruled in favor of ghost teachers, to Louisiana, where a new quota may cause problems for charter schools, it’s been an interesting week in education news.

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A new teacher learns the importance of careful planning

By   /  July 28, 2015  /  Education, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Ashalah Taylor says there’s something she wants to do now that summer school is over.

“Sleep,” said Taylor, who just finished four weeks of teaching sixth graders at Atonement Lutheran School.

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Education week-in-review: Jailing parents and stonewalling a senator

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  California, Education, Education Blog, Michigan, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From Washington D.C., where trying to sneak their kids into a better school can land parents in jail, to Milwaukee, where the Justice Department is stonewalling a U.S. senator, it’s been an interesting week in education news.

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Justice Department ‘stonewalls’ senator over Wisconsin school choice investigation

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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No results, no explanation and no end in sight.

That sums up the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into whether the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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A new teacher learns to mix fun with important lessons

By   /  July 21, 2015  /  Education, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Ashalah Taylor didn’t play go-fish or other card games while a student here. But since she started teaching, about three weeks ago, she has seen value in the games.

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Education week-in-review: A billion short and millions for a union-backed course

By   /  July 17, 2015  /  California, Education, Education Blog, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From Pennsylvania, where some school districts have missed out on more than $1 billion, to California, where a new course is costing millions, it’s been an interesting week in education news.

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