Watchdog.org blows lid off Vermont’s bake sale brownie ban

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Education, Health Care, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Part 21 of 21 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Brownies, cookies, cupcakes and other essential elements of any successful bake sale have been banned by new rules for food in Vermont public schools.
Thanks to rules that grew out of a 2010 state law, bake sales used as school fundraisers [...]

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Charter school in uncharted territory, says audit

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Accountability, Audits, Education, Finances, Government Regulation, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, School Choice  /  No Comments

Chart from auditor general's May 2014 special report

A recent audit highlights significant problems with Erie charter school, and the progress the school has made in trying to fix those problems. The school district will vote soon on whether to renew the school’s charter. The case also highlights the struggles between traditional public schools and charter schools.

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Father fights for son’s education in troubled St. Louis-area schools

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Education, Missouri, National, News  /  No Comments

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Paul Davis doesn’t know how he’s going to make ends meet, but he knows he will never send his son to Normandy High School in St. Louis.

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Ready to have the talk? There’s help for parents

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

"for goodness sex" by Al Vernacchio helps parents prepare for the talk.

By Stacia Friedman | Watchdog.org
PHILADELPHIA — These days, “the talk” with your children isn’t just about the birds and bees. It’s about Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and — OMG — sexting!
Parents nervous about speaking with their kids about sex should get their hands on “For Goodness Sex,” by Philadelphia sex educator Al Vernacchio.
“I couldn’t find a text book that [...]

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Denver teacher pay referendum money directed outside the classroom

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Colorado, Education, Good Government, Local Government, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

Courtesy DPS website

The 2005 ballot language to increase Denver property taxes by $25 million a year specifically said the money would go for teacher pay, but millions of dollars is heading to non-teaching staff that may have limited contact with students.

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Violence in Philly schools: smoke and mirrors

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Violence in the home is often hidden until it is too late. But what about violence in our schools?

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