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Idaho pension system off-target for second year in a row

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  Idaho, News, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

Pension expert, Steven Greenhut (left), suggested Idahoans examine the state pension system.

“The public should be concerned about the way the system is designed and about long-term prospects,” Greenhut explained. “Higher pension debts mean cutbacks in services and could mean tax increases.”

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Southern Company CEO optimistic about Kemper Project schedule

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning praised the production of synthesis gas at the Kemper Project power plant in a quarterly earnings call.

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How to get homeless students the help they need

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog  /  No Comments

GREAT SCHOOLS: A political committee promoting passage of a $153 million school bond issue in Lincoln is largely comprised of construction companies that could get a piece of the work.

In the 2013-14 school year, nearly 1.5 million homeless students were enrolled in U.S. schools in grades K-12, says a new report, Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America’s Public Schools, that dives into the issue to see what’s behind it and what can be done. The report argues that schools, as an important hub for […]

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Colorado opens door to online education

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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Colorado has cracked open the door to multi-district online learning a little wider. The Colorado State Board of Education approved certification for two schools at its June meeting at Pueblo Community College, at the same meeting where it recognized three teachers and a counselor for excellence in blended and online education. Parents and students can […]

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What’s in a name? History, and quite a bit of money

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  Education, National, News, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

Jeb Stuart

There’s the Confederacy. And then there’s the cost. Confederate cavalry Gen. James Ewell Brown (Jeb) Stuart of the Army of Northern Virginia died at the Battle of Yellow Tavern on May 11, 1864. Now some of his fellow northern Virginians are trying to kill him again. An effort to change the name of  J.E.B. Stuart High School […]

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Fear and loathing in Philly on Day 3 of the Democratic Party pageant

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  Commentary, National, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Hillary and Obama convention

It was the biggest show so far in a convention that has been a celebration of big government and identification politics.

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