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New Common Core repeal bill introduced in Ohio House

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – New legislation to repeal Common Core in Ohio and replace the national framework with state standards was introduced today by Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta).
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The teacher tax: Union takes $700/year from Ohio educators

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Teachers in school districts organized by the Ohio Education Association (OEA) are charged $703.33 per year for union membership, and can be forced to pay $688.67 in annual “fair share” fees if they decline to join the union.
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School choice news in Wisconsin highlights state senate races

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MADISON, Wis. – Data just released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction reveals that Wisconsin’s statewide school choice program is more popular than some lawmakers may have thought it would be. The program, capped by the legislature at no more than 1,000 openings for the upcoming school year, had 3,407 applicants.
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Great Education Colorado lines employees’ pockets while pushing for higher taxes

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DENVER – Progressive nonprofit Great Education Colorado claims to be the most effective education advocacy group in the state, but less than 30 percent of Great Education’s funding actually finds its way to education campaigns and issues. The small amount spent on education has supported initiatives that would drastically raise taxes on Coloradans.
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Teachers union boss Randi Weingarten: My salary’s only $360K

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, who was paid $543,150 last year, defended her compensation by claiming her pay is $360,000 and other reported expenses simply prove the union’s “transparency.”
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Teacher union puts bulls-eye on Pennsylvania governor

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HARRISBURG, Penn. – Pennsylvania’s largest teacher union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), made it clear to members in a Dec. 19 online newsletter that the defeat of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is its top priority for 2014.
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Four Pennsylvania union bosses took $100,000 pay raises in 2012

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Four leaders of Pennsylvania Local 13 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union received raises in excess of $100,000 each in 2012, moving them closer to the much-maligned top one percent of the nation’s income earners.
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Ohio teachers near class-action settlement in suit against union

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Current and former Ohio teachers may soon be eligible for a partial refund of the “fair share” dues they have been forced to pay the Ohio Education Association (OEA) as a condition of working in a school where the union has a collective bargaining contract.
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