Education week-in-review: A deadbeat and a killer mural

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Arizona, Education, Education Blog, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From a million dollar deadbeat in New York to a killer mural in Milwaukee, it’s been a busy week in education.

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Herring’s bill: $19,501 for Sweet Briar College FOI

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Education, News, Open Records, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Attorney General Mark Herring’s office wants $19,501.50 to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act inquiry into his lawyers consulting with Sweet Briar College officials in the months leading up to the decision to close the women’s school.

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Precedent of license plate reader lawsuit against Fairfax hard to tell

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  National, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The Fairfax County Police Department uses 26 automatic license plate readers to scan drivers’ tags in hopes of catching people breaking the law

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Virginia Legislature sees few competitive races in 2015 as voters lose out

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

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If you don’t have much competition in your local legislative races, you’re not alone.

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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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Hands off their butts: Critics argue against increased cigarette taxes

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  National, News, Taxes, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Government officials from Hampton, Virginia, to Topeka, Kansas, are looking to boost cigarette taxes to bolster revenues, but critics say bureaucrats should keep their hands off smokers’ butts.
Plenty of unsympathetic non-smokers — especially those representing tobacco-free campaigns and organizations — fully support the movement, emphasizing the importance of […]

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