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NAEP scores raise questions about student achievement gap

By   /  April 28, 2016  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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The deluge of stories debating exactly how bad the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress scores are will continue to flood news feeds and education sites for weeks to come, but one thing is clear – the achievement gap is widening, even if it’s only a little. The assessment, also known as the Nation’s Report Card […]

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Unions celebrate ruling on mandatory fees, but the debate continues

By   /  March 29, 2016  /  California, Judiciary, Labor, National, News  /  No Comments

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Tuesday’s 4-4 Supreme Court decision allowing public employee unions to keep taking mandatory fees was, predictably, celebrated by union officials.

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Hunger in Texas forever?

By   /  March 10, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Texas  /  No Comments

Don't expect anyone to face up to the problems of federal food programs anytime soon, Tanner says.

This is a story about how the poor get fed in Texas and what the public gets fed about how the poor get fed. Confused? Don’t be. This feeding cycle is actually quite regular, orderly and based on a single premise: Hunger in the most bountiful country in human history is eternal. About a week […]

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U.S. mission takes the gas in Afghanistan

By   /  November 2, 2015  /  National, News  /  No Comments

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As the Obama administration moves special-ops forces into Syria, incidents of waste, fraud and abuse are dogging the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

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A heavy taxpayer bill for light-rail? Debate continues over cost of commuter lines

By   /  September 21, 2015  /  Accountability, California, Colorado, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, New Mexico, News, North Carolina, Oregon, State Government, Texas, Utah  /  No Comments

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Light-rail projects are springing up across the country but a recent report from the Cato Institute says, like a lot of transportation projects, they often run way over-budget.

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Solyndra autopsy: Did Inspector General go too easy on Department of Energy?

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Accountability, California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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The Inspector General at the Department of Energy puts most of the blame on the $500 million loss to taxpayers on a loan to Solyndra on the company, not the department.

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