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Study shows fears about Act 10’s impact on classroom are unfounded

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Nearly five years after the implementation of Act 10, a new study that examines the financial impact on teachers shows that many of the fears expressed about the law’s potential impact on the classroom were unfounded. “We look back five years later thinking Act 10 was incredibly controversial with many politicians and public union leaders saying […]

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Beyond Philly: Other cities already looking to duplicate soda tax plan

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Issues, National, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

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“While it’s true that sugary drinks are a health problem, but so are cheeseburgers,” Rendell told a local radio show. “So are donuts. Are we going to do a tax on sugary donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme? Are we going to tax cheeseburgers at McDonald’s?”

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Denver-area districts approve new charter schools

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, News  /  No Comments

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Board president Amber Drevon said she couldn’t “in good conscience sit back even one more year and allow what is happening at Fletcher to happen.”

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Another budget battle looms for Pennsylvania schools

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

Special education funding is on the rise while scores remain stagnant.

Are more Pennsylvania school budget woes ahead? And do schools have part of the answer in their own bank accounts? After districts borrowed more than $700 million to keep schools open during the nine-month budget impasse that froze state funding for most of the school year, more than one-third of Pennsylvania’s 500 districts indicate they […]

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Examining schools as organizations

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, New York  /  No Comments

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While much debate on educational policy focuses on teachers, a recent NYU study examines schools as organizations in which teachers are part of the whole. “Schools as Organizations: Examining School Climate, Teacher Turnover, and Student Achievement in NYC,” from the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, draws on teacher survey responses from 2008-2012 and zeroes in […]

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The educational establishment is holding kids hostage, and threatening parents with prison

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

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Some Florida parents are so desperate to get their kids out of failing schools that they’re willing to risk a felony conviction and five years in prison to find a better learning environment. Sound crazy? It does, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. “Imagine getting carted off in cuffs and doing hard time for the […]

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