Solyndra autopsy: Did Inspector General go too easy on Department of Energy?

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Accountability, California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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The Inspector General at the Department of Energy puts most of the blame on the $500 million loss to taxpayers on a loan to Solyndra on the company, not the department.

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Eagles win, wind farms and feds lose in court

By   /  August 27, 2015  /  California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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A court ruling rescinding a 30-year exemption for wind farms that kill birds such as bald eagles may affect the Clean Power Plan promoted by the Obama administration.

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Education Week-in-Review: GOP education and disappearing debt

By   /  August 21, 2015  /  Arizona, California, Education, Education Blog, Michigan, National, Pennsylvania, Texas  /  No Comments

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From our non-wonk’s guide to GOP education policy, to the University of North Texas’ debt disappearing, to a plan by Philadelphia lawyers to bust “ghost teachers,” has covered all the top happenings in the education world.

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The week that was: George Soros and Tom Steyer take their lumps

By   /  August 21, 2015  /  California, Energy and Environment, National, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

Soros: Photo by Wiktor Dabkowski/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images; Steyer:​ AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

The reputations of George Soros and Tom Steyer have taken some hits recently — Soros for investing in coal and Steyer for a green energy proposition in California that has underperformed.

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You’re hired! Donald Trump for school boss?

By   /  August 20, 2015  /  California, Colorado, Education, Education Blog, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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“Superintendents run organizations. They need not be capable of teaching, but of managing, and should leave the teaching to the teachers.”

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Education week-in-review: Stopping reform and a big tax break

By   /  August 7, 2015  /  California, Education, Education Blog, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From California, where a school board is suing to stop school reform, to Nebraska, where a school board member’s family business gets a big tax break, it’s been an interesting week in education reform.

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