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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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Watchdog Podcast: Code Blue — The Medicaid ‘doc fix’ that isn’t fixing much of anything

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Federal Government, Finances, Health Care, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a deep dive into the so-called “doc fix” bill approved by Congress last week. It’s not exactly fixing some of the underlying issues with Medicaid, which continues to be billions of dollars in the red, but at least it will put an end to annual fights over how doctors are reimbursed for their services.

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Book-starved Philly schools forced to fend for themselves

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org
The School District of Philadelphia does not have enough books for students.
And it doesn’t seem to care.
The district does not supply some schools with basic necessities like toilet paper and textbooks. Yet it does nothing to direct tens of thousands of books donated to Philly schools each year to places where […]

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Penalized Virginia drivers file class-action lawsuit against Express Lanes operator

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  News, State Government, Transparency, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

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A private company is operating many of Virginia’s thoroughfares, but that doesn’t mean it can charge drivers thousands of dollars in unexpected fines and penalties.

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Richmond charter sees ‘crisis’ in education

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

CLOSING THE GAP: A proposed Richmond charter school aims to prepare more African American males for college.

Amid aging campuses and sagging performance, Virginia’s capital city could add its third and largest charter school next year. The Metropolitan Preparatory Academy won provisional approval from the Richmond School Board to launch a charter for African-American males in grades 6-12.

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State owes Minnesotans millions, if they only knew it

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Legislature, Minnesota, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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It’s like winning the lottery without buying a ticket. But, odds are, you may never see the payout.

The Minnesota Commerce Department holds a $650 million jackpot of unclaimed property — mainly lost funds held by the state — waiting for tens of thousands of Minnesotans to redeem.

It’s not the government’s money. State law requires the unclaimed cash to be kept in perpetuity for the rightful owner. The state contracts with the Missing Money website to connect people with their unclaimed money, but few Minnesotans hear about it.

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