Despite media hype, Tennessee liberals benefit from out-of-state money

By   /  May 18, 2015  /  News, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Reporters from Tennessee’s four largest newspapers used a slew of catch phrases in stories about out-of-state money influencing state politics.

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Education week-in-review: Ghost teachers and the ghost of Jim Crow

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From taxpayer-funded ghosts in Philadelphia to a flawed study trying to scare people by invoking the ghost of Jim Crow, it’s been a frighteningly busy week in education.

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OU clears Confucius Institute but some question review

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  Education, Free Speech, News, Oklahoma, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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The University of Oklahoma completed its review of their Confucius Institute, finding no wrong doing, but a critic of CI questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.

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Were suspicious test scores investigated in Oklahoma?

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  Education, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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In 2012, then-Oklahoma State School Superintendent Janet Barresi vowed to look into suspicious test scores in Tulsa and three other school districts – a pattern similar to the cheating scandal in Atlanta, where last week several educators received prison terms for racketeering convictions.

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Taxpayer money fights booze, tobacco while backing liquor, cigarette stores

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Colorado, Federal Government, Finances, Misuse of funds, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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States spent about $38 million last year fighting tobacco addiction, and tobacco use costs the economy $289 billion a year in medical costs and lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Oklahoma lawmakers want to legalize switchblades, regulate burial depths

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Education, First Amendment, Government Regulation, Legislature, Oklahoma, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
It’s a bill that Sharks and the Jets would love.
State Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, introduced legislation that is perfect for the gangs in “West Side Story” because it legalizes carrying switchblade knives. But under Senate Bill 198, daggers, Bowie knives and sword canes would still have to stay home.
And a bill by […]

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