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Education week-in-review: less funding, more questions about sexual identity

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, News, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From New York, where charter schools face difficulties because they receive less funding than other public schools, to Vermont, where the state wants to know more about students’ sexual identities, to Philadelphia, where books fill dusty basements more than classrooms, it’s been a week of education stories in which the keywords are “less” and “more.”

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Stigmatization of mentally ill front and center in Vermont gun control debate

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A gun control bill that began as universal background checks on firearm purchases has morphed into a controversial measure about stigmatizing mentally ill Vermonters.

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Vermont gunners defeat near-permanent gun grab against mentally ill

By   /  April 16, 2015  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gun rights advocates in Vermont were ready to let a Senate-approved bill restricting guns for the mentally ill slide. That is, until the Democratic vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee made a surprise gun grab on Tuesday.

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Are you transgender? Vermont Agency of Education wants to know

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Education, News, Vermont, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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As the governor and Legislature weigh cuts to close a $113 million budget gap, the Vermont Agency of Education is spending more than $23,000 to find out if Vermont school kids as young as 10 are transgender, among other things.

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Shumlin losing base as union, socialists rally against ‘austerity’

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gov. Peter Shumlin was public enemy No.1 at Saturday’s “Fight Back” statehouse rally, which united unions and socialists in a call for higher taxes and an end to “austerity” in Vermont.

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Education week in review: confusing school consolidation, free union rent

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  California, Education, Education Blog, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org
From legally questionable free office space for teachers unions in Philadelphia to a Los Angeles, where a court ruling means the city’s school district will have to provide more space for charter schools, it’s been a busy week in education news.
Watchdog.org covered it all.
Vermont: consolidation and confusion
A confused and confusing plan […]

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