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Former Florida teachers union chief sentenced to more prison time

By   /  April 22, 2016  /  Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

More than 1,100 people are suspected of receiving unemployment benefits in Illinois while they were in jail or prison and unable to work. The state's department of employment security now wants to recoup the $2 million they fraudulently collected.

Pat Santeramo, former head of the Broward Teacher’s Union in Florida, has been sentenced to an additional 18 months in prison after he serves a five-year prison term. He received the five-year sentence last week for a union kickback scheme from which he received $165,000, and the judge tacked on the extra time beyond the […]

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Public-private broadband program for low-income families expands

By   /  April 21, 2016  /  Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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Several broadband providers are working with the federal government on the initiative, but Cox will be the first to extend the discount to its entire coverage area.

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How to find gifted black and Hispanic students: Stop asking, start testing

By   /  April 12, 2016  /  Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

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Studies show that schools have greatly under-identified black and Hispanic students as gifted. Formerly, parents and teachers would recommend students to be tested for gifted tracks but, the New York Times reports, when one school district decided to test all students rather than rely on referrals, the results were staggering. The share of black and […]

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State Sen. Carlyle Begay pushes for ESAs for tribal students

By   /  April 11, 2016  /  Arizona, Education, Florida, Mississippi, National, Nevada, News  /  No Comments

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Arizona Sen. Carlyle Begay says the importance of legislation that would expand educational options for tribal children currently enrolled in Bureau of Indian Education  schools is not only to create education scholarship accounts for Native American students, but to lead tribes to an era of “self-determination.” “It is a big step to start putting federal […]

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Chavous: The real segregation in American education

By   /  April 4, 2016  /  Alabama, Education, Education Blog, Florida, Georgia  /  No Comments

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A new study has suggested the “whiteness” of American private schools is a symptom of systemic racism, but school choice advocate Kevin Chavous says the real issue is a lack of support for the school choice that would integrate these schools.

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