Which teachers will go first as schools shrink?

By   /  April 27, 2015  /  Alabama, Arizona, California, Education, Education Blog, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, National, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

WILL SMALLER BE BETTER? Fewer students means fewer teachers. How school districts decide to make the cut will determine the quality of education in the years ahead.

Falling birth rates will cut school attendance in the coming years, but just 18 states require that competence be considered when laying off teachers. That means union-crafted seniority rules will drive the process in most districts, further compromising the quality of public education.

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Conservative Alabama news site trolls readers on governor party switch

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Alabama, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Yellowhammer screen capture

The joke’s on Yellowhammer News readers if they believed a Wednesday morning post that said Gov. Robert Bentley had switched to the Democratic Party.

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Alabama, Mississippi lawmakers score poorly in congressional transparency study

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  Alabama, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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Zilch. Zip. Nada.

That was the point tally by U.S. House members for both Alabama and Mississippi in a GovTrack.us study of who sponsored or co-sponsored 20 bills in Congress in 2014 designed to increase government transparency.

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In Selma, Obama touts questionable ‘voter suppression’ narrative

By   /  March 10, 2015  /  Alabama, Mississippi, National, News, Politics & Elections, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Democrats, who generally fight voter ID laws due to concerns of disenfranchisement of poorer voters, argue the threat of voter fraud is overblown.

Tell that to residents of such cities as Marion and Greensboro, West Alabama municipalities in which such fraud has proved pervasive over the years.

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Alabama, Mississippi colleges cited for free speech infringement policies

By   /  March 6, 2015  /  Alabama, Education, First Amendment, Free Speech, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

USM photo

At Athens State University in Alabama, students can’t transmit online anything deemed “threatening,” annoying” or “offensive.” At the University of Southern Mississippi, student organizations must register with the Office of Student Activities a month in advance before conducting protests or demonstrations.

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Despite ‘overreach’ admission by Grijalva, climate scientists still see politics

By   /  March 4, 2015  /  Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Georgia, National, News  /  No Comments

Photo from the U.S. House of Rerpresentatives

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, now says letters he sent wanting communications from seven climate scientists was an “overreach” but he still wants the scientists’ funding information.

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