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Tennessee GOP: Report Students Who Might Be Gay

A new provision added to Tennessee’s proposed “Don’t Say Gay” bill compels teachers to inform parents if they believe their child might be gay. The bill, SB 234, still bars Tennessee teachers from discussing any facet of “non-heterosexual” sexuality with … Continue reading

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How to Give Kids Nightmares

This is unspeakably asinine and a depressing example of where we’re at here in America. CHICAGO (CBS) — A school shooting drill planned for tomorrow in the far northwestern suburbs has many parents upset. According to a letter from Cary-Grove … Continue reading

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What Could Go Wrong?

What could go wrong when an armed guard hired by an elementary school leaves his gun in the bathroom? An armed guard at a Lapeer, Mich., charter school — hired in the wake of the Newtown massacre — made a … Continue reading

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Usher and Accenture Invest in Training 50,000 Youth Leaders

This is really damn cool. Usher’s New Look, a non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV, today announced their partnership with Accenture to help New Look reach its goal of training and certifying 50,000 youth as global leaders. The effort … Continue reading

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These Brave Educators

My Monday column… It’s difficult to know what to say because there are so many things to say. I want to write about gun control; I want to shame the politicians who allowed the assault weapons ban to expire and … Continue reading

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A Model for the Nation

If there’s one thing Republicans should have taken away from the 2012 election cycle, it’s that you should be very careful what you describe as a model for the nation. A lesson that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal clearly didn’t learn. … Continue reading

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Judge: Bobby Jindal’s Jesus Rode a Dinosaur Education is Unconstitutional

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal suffered a setback today when his school voucher program was ruled unconstitutional by a district court judge. BATON ROUGE – A district court judge ruled today the funding formula in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program … Continue reading

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Romney Feigns Concern for the Children

Won’t someone think of the children? That’s the question Mitt Romney is asking today after nearly a year of demonizing the citizens of Chicago. The Republican nominee said he was “disappointed by the decision of the Chicago Teachers Union to … Continue reading

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Combined Transportation and Education Bill Signed

While no one was watching, congress, including an overwhelming majority of the Republicans in congress, voted to extend the federal gasoline tax to pay for the combined transportation and education bill signed into law today by President Obama. The White … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day

Those are 857 desks on the national mall representing the 857 students who drop out of high school every hour of every single school day. One of our many national embarrassments. Meanwhile, only one state has raised its dropout age … Continue reading

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Romney Education

Artist – Dave Granlund In other news, I found something I can agree with George Will on. I agree that Donald Trump is a “bloviating ignoramus.” I also don’t believe Romney has anything to gain by being seen with him, … Continue reading

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Chart of the Day

Another chart showing stagnant wages for middle class college graduates. Oh, and as we learned the other day, 98 percent are graduating with crushing amounts of debt.

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The Cost and Debt of Knowing Important Things

In 1993, around 45 percent of students went into debt in order to attain a bachelor’s degree. Today, that percentage has risen to 94. 94 percent of students. That’s a crime. In order to be better educated and therefore a … Continue reading

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Higher Education

Artist – Jeff Parker In other news, Florida Governor Rick Scott’s plan to drug-test state employees has been declared unconstitutional. Again. This is the second time. Maybe third time’s a charm?

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Doof Quote of the Day

This kind of devisiveness, this attack of success, is very different than what we’ve seen in our country’s history. We’ve always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you … Continue reading

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Student Loans Become Pawn in GOP’s War on Obamacare

John Boehner is concerned that the “challenges that young Americans face” are being used for political purposes, which is exactly why he’s going to use the challenges they face for political purposes. The House of Representatives has found a group … Continue reading

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About Those Stafford Loan Rates

Circling back to the president on Jimmy Fallon, here’s John Boehner with the Biggest Lie of the Day (so far): No, see the Democrats voted to cut the loan’s interest rate to 3.4 percent in 2007. The law is about … Continue reading

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With All Due Humility

President Obama spoke to a crowd of college students at the University of North Carolina today, and he related to the students in attendance in a way that Mitt Romney simply cannot. Not because the president is a better speaker, … Continue reading

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Goat Marriage

Bill O’Reilly says gay marriage could lead to turtle marriage. Rick Santorum says it could lead to dog marriage. And now Missouri Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst says it could lead to goat marriage. Sponsors of legislation in Missouri that would eliminate … Continue reading

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Sad Stories

Artist – Pat Bagley In other news, Sanford, Florida police chief Bill Lee resigned today for his handling of the investigation, or a lack thereof, of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, however the city council has rejected … Continue reading

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