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Education week-in-review: less funding, more questions about sexual identity

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, News, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From New York, where charter schools face difficulties because they receive less funding than other public schools, to Vermont, where the state wants to know more about students’ sexual identities, to Philadelphia, where books fill dusty basements more than classrooms, it’s been a week of education stories in which the keywords are “less” and “more.”

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Disgraced Illinois congressman still costing taxpayers

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Illinois, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Add an election that could cost in the millions to the taxpayer tab from Aaron Schock’s fall from grace.

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Mo’ money, mo’ problems? Illinois schools prefer flexibility and fewer mandates

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Education, Illinois, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Benjamin Yount
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As Illinois schools look to absorb a $150 million budget cut, local districts are asking for two things: flexibility and a break from state mandates.
“I personally wish they would just stop throwing things at school districts,” El Paso-Gridley Superintendent Mike Lindy said.
Lindy’s schools, and the nearly 900 other school districts […]

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Six percent of students could cost Illinois nearly $1 billion

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Illinois, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Students and parents in Illinois are upset over a standardized test that’s tied to nearly $1 billion in federal money.

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Forget D.C., states are making the policy now

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Federal Government, Illinois, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The government that’s closest to home is the government that can — and probably will — more quickly affect your life.

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Education week in review: confusing school consolidation, free union rent

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  California, Education, Education Blog, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org
From legally questionable free office space for teachers unions in Philadelphia to a Los Angeles, where a court ruling means the city’s school district will have to provide more space for charter schools, it’s been a busy week in education news.
Watchdog.org covered it all.
Vermont: consolidation and confusion
A confused and confusing plan […]

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