Education week-in-review: nonsense and passion

By   /  May 8, 2015  /  Colorado, Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Montana, News, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org
A Philadelphia school leader used one word to describe the claim that charter schools are promoting racial segregation, and a Milwaukee educator had one word to explain why she came out of retirement to teach at a new charter school.
Watchdog.org expounds on both words, along with plenty more on the most interesting […]

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Madigan puts Rauner on the clock

By   /  May 8, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday put Gov. Bruce Rauner on the clock.
Come May 14, the speaker said, he’s calling for a House vote on a right-to-work proposal and the governor might want to send the General Assembly a bill on the matter before then.
The powerful […]

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Watchdog Podcast: Sit Down, Shut Up — School choice finally coming to Illinois?

By   /  May 6, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Podcast, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, Yount sits down with Andrew Broy of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, which is pushing for more school choice in the state. Although Illinois has historically been one of the states with the fewest school choice options, the financial status of the state’s schools — particularly those in Chicago — is forcing lawmakers to consider some alternatives.

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Illinois’ suburban mayors meet with manufacturers to discuss common concerns

By   /  April 28, 2015  /  Illinois, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Last Wednesday at the College of DuPage, thirteen DuPage and Cook County mayors met with 70 manufacturing CEOs to discuss mutual challenges and carve out solutions.

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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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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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