Education

Chicago Teachers Go on Strike, Closing Schools

September 10, 2012

“After an all-day negotiating session Sunday, school board President David Vitale told reporters the district had changed its proposal 20 times over the course of talks and didn’t have much more to offer.”

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3,000 Protesters demonstrate against National Education in Hong Kong

September 2, 2012

“More than 3,000 Hong Kong residents braved the rain to protest the government’s plan to begin a national education program, which they say is biased toward Beijing.”

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Analyzing and Simplifying the 2012 Republican Party Platform: Renewing American Values

August 28, 2012

“We are the party of independent individuals and the institutions they create – families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods – to advance their ideals and make real their dreams.”

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William Douglas’ Outline of the 2012 Republican Party Platform

August 28, 2012

“TAXES: Romney calls for cutting marginal income tax rates 20 percent across the board and eliminating taxes on dividends, interest and capital gains for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes of less than $200,000.”

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President Obama announces plan to use “master teachers” to train other teachers & improve students’ math scores

July 18, 2012

“Initially, 50 master teachers would mentor fellow teachers in 50 sites around the country. Over four years, the corps would expand to 10,000 teachers who earn up to $20,000 on top of their base annual salary in exchange for their expertise and leadership.”

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Muslim Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN): American schools should be modeled after Madrassas (Video)

July 6, 2012

“”America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our Madrassas, in our schools where innovation is encouraged. Where the foundation is the Koran,” Rep. Andre Carson (D-Indiana) said.”

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) wins the National Education Association’s “America’s Greatest Education Governor” Award

July 5, 2012

“The annual award recognizes and honors governors who have made major, state-level education strides that improve public schools.”

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United Teachers Los Angeles approves a one-year labor contract that would shorten the school year and reduce salaries to save over 4,000 jobs

June 18, 2012

“The vote tally was 58% in favor of the contract and 42% opposed. Roughly two-thirds of all union members cast ballots. UTLA represents nurses, librarians, counselors, psychologists and psychiatric social workers in addition to classroom instructors.”

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Mitt Romney promises to push for federal school vouchers, calling teachers unions the “chief impediment to education reform”

May 25, 2012

“Mitt Romney vowed Wednesday to expand Washington’s school voucher program as part of a broader nationwide push for school choice, and he accused President Obama of failing to fulfill his own education promises from 2008 because he is too beholden to teachers unions.”

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Jefferson Parish School Board in Louisiana under fire for a School Psychologist’s racially-charged tweets

May 22, 2012

“Civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center filed a complaint alleging that the school system “sends a disproportionate number of black and disabled students to alternative schools to languish for months.”"

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President Obama promoting measures to safeguard veterans and members of the military against college recruiters

April 29, 2012

“In his Internet and radio address Saturday, Obama reiterated a series of measures he announced the day before at Fort Stewart, Ga., to protect current and former servicemen and women as they seek educational opportunities under the GI Bill.”

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President Obama ridicules Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for saying the U.S. has “stage three cancer of socialism” because of federal student loans

April 29, 2012

“”I’m always interested in how folks talk about this issue,” he said. “You’ve got one member of Congress who compared student loans — I’m not kidding here — to a stage three cancer of socialism.”"

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Both President Obama and Candidate Romney seek to stop the doubling of student loan interest rates

April 26, 2012

“The interest rate is scheduled to double on July 1 from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on subsidized Stafford loans unless Congress acts. About 7 million undergraduates would be affected, raising costs by an average of $1,000 each, according to the White House.”

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In 2007, Sen. Obama (D-IL) missed two votes on the student loan interest bill that he now wants Congress to extend

April 24, 2012

“The bill, introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and signed into law by President George W. Bush, first cleared the Senate in July on a 78 to 18 vote, with Obama as one of only four senators who didn’t cast a ballot. Obama did not cast a vote again in September, after the House and Senate had ironed out different versions of the bill.”

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President Obama’s campaign appealing to young voters by focusing on student loan woes

April 21, 2012

“Obama blames Republicans for voting against new ways to make college more affordable for middle-class families. But it was House Democrats who cut interest rates on the school loans in 2007 and included an expiration provision that placed the looming increase in the middle of an election year.”

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