Center for Urban Teaching works to transform schools from Milwaukee to El Salvador

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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When Milwaukee’s Center for Urban Teaching began working with educators from Central America, its staff faced an unprecedented challenge.

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Union lobbyist who worked one day as a teacher suing Illinois over $30,000 pension

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Education, Finances, Illinois, Lobbying, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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After working one day as a substitute teacher in Illinois, David Piccioli could be entitled to an annual pension of more than $30,000.

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Bills aim to protect Pennsylvania’s best teachers

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Twin bills seek to eliminate the fat-cat mentality protecting weak Pennsylvania teachers from layoffs because they’ve been on the job longer than some of their more talented peers.

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School consolidation leads to voluntary teacher-staff reductions, VSBA exec says

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Education, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Stephen Dale, executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association, says merging schools and districts requires letting go teachers and staff, which in turn lowers the cost of education.

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Minnesota libraries have something for everyone, but is that something everyone should pay for?

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Accountability, community, Education, Legislature, Minnesota, News, State Budgets  /  No Comments


Patrons used to go to the library to check out books. Today, people go for any number of reasons. But while there’s something for everyone in 365 branch libraries statewide, some events leave discerning taxpayers wondering whether it’s something everyone should pay for.

People go for the secret life of puppets ($13,200), farmer comedian Roger Radley ($9,154), stage combat demonstrations with sword fights and mock brawls ($608), duct tape wearables classes ($300) and a series on darkness ($3,816).

All are taxpayer-funded programs, now commonplace in Minnesota libraries.

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