Parents and taxpayers want more educational choice

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ATLANTA – Ever since Georgia enacted a scholarship tax credit law in 2008, individual and corporate taxpayers in the Peach State could receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits in return for contributions to nonprofit scholarship organizations—at least until the $58 million cap is reached.
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NJ school district pays allegedly drug addicted, racist, homophobic teacher $26k to go away

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HAMILTON, N.J. – A middle school social studies teacher’s year-long fight for his job recently reached a settlement that will pay him more than $26,000 to resign and go away.
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Feds threaten to take away $1 BILLION in school funding from Illinois

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CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools’ decision to administer new Common Core student tests to only about 10 percent of the city’s 600 schools could cost the state over $1 billion in federal aid.
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Administrators in a Mississippi district with schools on ‘academic watch’ get a 5% raise?!?

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – The following news item, from the Associated Press, was published on June 16, 2014:
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FOOD FIGHT: Lunch ladies say Michelle O’s rules driving kids to junk food

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The School Nutrition Association, which represents 55,000 school food service professionals, is calling on Congress to pump the brakes on Michelle Obama’s school lunch restrictions.
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Generous sick day policies in Maine schools result in a lot of absences

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OLD TOWN, Maine – Does anyone know how many paid days off teachers are allowed to take in Regional School Unit 34 in Old Town, Maine?
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UPDATED: University cancels all classes to hold campus-wide ‘white privilege’ seminar

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GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Officials at DePauw University canceled classes Thursday for the first time in over 100 years to hold a campus-wide discussion on white privilege and social justice.
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California’s new school report cards grade ‘being sensitive toward others’

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California students are being graded on “grit,” “gratitude,” their sensitivity toward others and other personality traits with new Common Core-aligned report cards.
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School looks to unload palm scanners after parents fight tracking lunches

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LOS LUNAS, N.M. – Parents in the Los Lunas school district balked when officials proposed the idea to use palm scanners to track students’ school lunch accounts in 2013, and they eventually scrapped the plan.
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Budget-slashing Hawaii schools spent $1 million on employee time clock system they never used

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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Hawaii public school officials are once again taking heat over how the statewide district has been wasting money, particularly during an extended budget crisis.
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Dickinson, N.D. school district: Handsome salaries for administrators, low test scores for students

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DICKINSON, N.D. – School districts are public entities, and they will only perform as well as the public demands.
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Utah school’s spending reveals union contracts are a main root of the problem

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GRANITE, Utah – When public school officials say they have a big budget deficit, they’re really saying that they’re stuck with a mountain of labor costs that can’t be cut or eliminated.
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South Carolina weakens Michelle O’s school snack rules

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina officials recently approved exemptions for new federal school snack regulations championed by first lady Michelle Obama in an effort to reduce their impact on student fundraisers.
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South Dakota House: Abolish U.S. Dept. of Education

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PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota House yesterday voted 48-20 on HCR 1003 which is a resolution calling on Congress to abolish the U.S. Department of Education.
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