Teachers don’t like risk-taking, study finds

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org
Teachers don’t like taking risks.
That’s what several researchers from the University of Arkansas set out to evaluate in an experiment they conducted with 132 university students.
They found that students in a masters of teaching program avoided riskier choices at a significantly higher rate than law or graduate business students.
Their findings are outlined […]

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Rocketship gets approval to build first school in D.C., despite opposition

By   /  November 6, 2014  /  Education, News  /  No Comments

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Rocketship, a California-based charter operator, received approval from the District of Columbia Public School Charter Board Monday night to open its first school in Washington, D.C., in 2016, after facing vehement opposition from some officials and community members.

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Colorado opens doors in teacher union negotiations

By   /  November 5, 2014  /  Colorado, Education, Elections, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Teacher union negotiations will now be open to the media and public in Colorado after Proposition 104 garnered overwhelming support Tuesday night.

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Alabama school district pays ex-FBI agent to monitor students’ social media

By   /  November 4, 2014  /  Accountability, Alabama, Education, Federal Government, Transparency, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments


Huntsville schools paid an ex-FBI agent $157,000 to oversee security reforms, including monitoring the social media accounts of the district’s students.

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Plaintiffs donate to judges’ campaigns

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Education, News, Washington  /  No Comments

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Washington’s first charter school opened this fall, welcoming students who come from difficult backgrounds — families touched by violence, drug abuse, homelessness. The school, First Place, has been running as a nonprofit for years, helping families get on their feet. Since the state’s voters passed a charter school law in 2012, First Place was able to open as a charter school, freeing up some money for additional services.

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Education Empire Strikes Back: Teachers unions take aim at reform-minded GOP governor

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, California, Campaign Finance, Education, Elections, Issues, Michigan, National, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, unions  /  No Comments

ON THE ATTACK: Ads like this one, which aired in Pennsylvania during the final weeks of the campaign, were paid for by groups with names like "PA Families First" and "Michigan For All."  But they were really funded by the big bucks of big labor.

The ads use deliberately inclusive language — lots of “we” and “us” — to make it sound as if your neighbor was talking to you through the TV screen.

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