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Ignoring the real scandal at the University of Texas

By   /  June 25, 2016  /  Accountability, Education, Federal Government, Judiciary, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

The University of Texas' use of political favoritism in admissions is an aberrant practice, a new study finds.

The Supreme Court upheld affirmative action at the University of Texas in a 4-3 decision Thursday by openly ignoring the facts of the case. In his opinion for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy dismissed a bombshell report on admissions corruption at UT as mere “extrarecord materials” which “the Court properly declines to consider.” The excuse […]

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Mississippi’s pension crisis explained in four charts

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The reason why Mississippi’s pension crisis is one of the worst in the nation can be explained in four graphs.

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State memo on school funding tells less than half the story

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

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A memo from the state Legislative Fiscal Bureau released by Wisconsin Democrats is not telling the whole story on how per-pupil funding for private school-choice vouchers compares with traditional public schools. The memo says the voucher amount is $7,210 for kindergarten through eighth grade, and $7,856 per pupil in high school, while the state aid per pupil in […]

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Progressives say two-party system forces them to run as ‘fusion’ candidates

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Governor, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Progressives running as multi-party candidates say they are reacting to the dominant two-party system, but some rivals say the tactic is unfair and unethical.

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Sound familiar? Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth accused of retaliation at VA

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Illinois, National, News, Power Abuse, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“What is crystal clear is that Duckworth does not want the truth to come out.”

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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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