Is a school system’s campaign for a ballot referendum legal?

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Education, Elections, Lobbying, Local Government, North Carolina, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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When a school system campaigns for a sales tax referendum in an upcoming election, is this overstepping North Carolina law?

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Real estate schools fail to meet commission standards

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Accountability, Education, Jobs + Growth, North Carolina, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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North Carolina’s real estate schools aren’t living up to standards set by the state’s real estate commission, a document obtained by Watchdog Wire shows.

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Nevada’s Question 3: ‘Margin Tax’ or ‘Education Initiative’

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Education, Elections, Nevada, State Elections, State Government, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The battle over Question 3, called either the “Margin Tax” or “The Education Initiative”, will be one of the most contentious and expensive races in Nevada.

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Chinese institute spreads across U.S., but some say it also spreads propaganda

By   /  October 13, 2014  /  Colorado, Education, Free Speech, National, National Security, Oklahoma, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Shenzhen drivers suffer from traffic jam ahead of National Day holiday

 
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
During the past decade, the Confucius Institute has established itself at nearly 500 universities and K-12 schools in the United States and another roughly 500 around the world.
But some professors are urging schools to break with the Chinese language and cultural nonprofit, charging it is a “propaganda” arm of the Chinese government.
This [...]

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Will cutting teacher benefits save Philadelphia schools?

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

WE HAVE A BUDGET: Or at least an outline of one.

On a sunny October day, Jake Howie, a sophomore at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, arrived at school at 8 a.m. He didn’t go inside the neo-classical school building on Broad Street until noon.

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Philadelphia pro-charter school groups power up

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Green Woods Charter School blends indoor and outdoor spaces. Image: S. Friedman

By Stacia Friedman | Watchdog.org
PHILADELPHIA — While some groups seek to paint all Philadelphia charter schools with the same negative brush, two fledgling pro-charter organizations, Philadelphia Charters for Excellence and Philly School Choice, are gathering momentum.
“Are there bad charter schools? Yes, but the study done by the Center for Popular Democracy is completely one-sided and polarizing,” said PCE [...]

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