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Newark mayoral candidate Baraka once called shocking Farrakhan speech ‘good food’

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NEWARK, N.J. – One wonders if Ras Baraka is elected mayor, the citizens of Newark may soon see words like “faggot” and “cracker” appearing in public documents.
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Big Data wins the war on Christmas

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The holiday seasons of 2012 and 2013 in the education world have been dominated by the release of new international test-score data.
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How the New York teachers union can reduce spending inequality

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ALBANY, N.Y. – In an effort to promote its lawsuit against the state’s property tax cap, the New York State United Teachers released an analysis that shows “the wealthiest 10 percent of New York school districts spend 80 percent more educating their students than the poorest 10 percent – a funding inequity that is aggravated by the state’s property tax cap and widens the unacceptable achievement gap.”
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NEA has 99 problems, but a pitch ain’t one

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WASHINGTON, D.C.In front of me is an internal National Education Association document detailing the compiled results of a brainstorming session of the union’s state affiliate leaders and representatives.
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Obamacare is hurting schools

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Obamacare is already hurting schools as paraprofessionals, teachers’ aides, cafeteria workers, substitute teachers, bus drivers, and other personnel are being cut back to below 30 hours.
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Second largest California school district pays teachers for not teaching

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SAN DIEGO – Even as Gov. Jerry Brown continues to pursue his back-to-the-past education policies — de-emphasizing testing and metrics, and pushing local control — we’re seeing fresh reminders that the state of California and the federal government really don’t have the control over local school districts that Brown’s rhetoric suggests.      Read More »

Patience, patients (updated)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – “We regret to inform you that effective January 1, 2014, we will no longer offer our Individual & Family plans in your county.”
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Facebook opens takedown hotline for public schools

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – I was critical earlier this year when lawmakers in my home state of Maryland enacted “Grace’s Law,” purporting to ban so-called cyberbullying — in this case, the use of hurtful online language as part of a course of conduct that inflicts serious emotional distress or harassment on a Maryland juvenile, apparently whether or not the speaker knows that the person distressed by the speech is a Maryland juvenile.
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