Education week-in-review: questions in the cafeteria and a money mystery

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  California, Colorado, Education Blog, Ethics, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan |
From Colorado, where a school district won’t say why a cafeteria worker was fired, to Philadelphia, where the city council has no idea how the school district spends its money, it been a generally infuriating week in education news. has it covered.
What really happened in the cafeteria?
Cherry Creek Schools are refusing […]

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Data breach victimizes veteran; questions whether gov’t has his back

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Minnesota, Technology, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Staff Sgt. Dave Thul thought his days in harm’s way ended when he retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard. But on Independence Day 2015, the 22-year military veteran is on the front lines of a cybersecurity war, a fight for which he never volunteered.

The Owatonna vet ranks among at least 4.2 million current and former federal employees whose personal data was compromised in a massive online attack, which some have linked to Chinese hackers.

He questions whether the government has his back.

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Watchdog Podcast: A Greek tragedy, school choice at the Supreme Court and political spy games in Wisconsin

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, California, Commentary, Education, Education Blog, Features, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, National, News, Pensions, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


Greece is in crisis after decades of over-spending finally caught up to it.

What lessons does the mess in Greece offer for American cities and states that have piled up debts in the public pension system?

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Up in smoke: Colorado cities getting a bang for taxpayers’ bucks

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Colorado, Finances, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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This Independence Day, hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars will literally go up in smoke.

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Oil and gas officials scramble after feds review species protections

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, New Mexico, Texas  /  No Comments

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Oil and gas officials are concerned that a review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may include species that live near drilling sites.

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A new teacher learns that small things matter

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments photo

By 8 a.m. Monday morning, 175 students had gathered in the gymnasium at Atonement Lutheran School.

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