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  1. This Week in the War on Women - May 23, 2015Read the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Daily Kos

    ... uterus" then you are correct! (I know that's what I think of when I see a train accident. I also think of school vouchers when I see plane crash). "House Republicans voted overwhelmingly to cut Amtrak's budget and refused to approve funds for ...


  2. More Read the original story

    Saturday | KTRE-TV Lufkin

    ... to pick fights over more-ambitious proposals on either issue. And especially contentious bills promoting school vouchers and instituting stricter state immigration policies have stalled without much fanfare. Things could still heat up in a hurry. ...


  3. Anti-city legislation inconsistent with Texas historyRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday |

    Denton's actions against fracking helped make the case in some quarters that such local ordinances ought not be allowed. Texas has long touted "local control" as a defense in the courts and public policy debates, and as an offense in actions against the federal government.


  4. Annual Meeting 2015Read the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 22 | Jewish Community of Greater Rochester

    ... churches. Ethan has guided JCPA's participation in Supreme Court briefs on subjects including hate crimes, school vouchers, and religious liberties. He also leads JCPA's national campaign to restore civility to Jewish and general discourse. The ...


  5. Robbing Peter to Pay PaulRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 22 | TaxVox

    Congress will be in recess next week. The Daily Deduction will post on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, after Memorial Day, and will return to its regular schedule on Monday, June 1. Wisconsin's GOP: Tax bikes to pay for bike paths, use tax dollars to expand private schools.


  6. Don't Confuse Tax Credits with School VouchersRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 21 | Cato Institute

    While wealthy families can afford to live in districts with high-performing public schools or pay for private school tuition, low-income families often have no financially viable options besides their assigned district school. One way to address this inequity would be for Texas to grant school vouchers that parents could redeem at the school of their choice.


  7. FWCS middle school speech contest awards announcedRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 22 | Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

    Freeing orca whales, preserving historical buildings and Indiana's school voucher program were among the topics presented Tuesday during the Fort Wayne Community Schools Middle School Persuasive Speech Contest at Grile Administrative Center. Competitors first had to win their school's speech contest to advance to the district-wide finals, an FWCS news release said.


  8. GoLocalProv | Politics | Guest MINDSETTERa„˘ Luis Vargas: Rhode Island Families Deserve a ChoiceRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 22 | Go Local

    ... audit by the Friedman Foundation. Third, despite what opponents would argue, there is not one state that has school vouchers where public school students who stayed in public school were adversely affected by school choice programs in fact, in many ...


  9. Crunch Time Near for Major Education BillsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 21 | Texas Tribune

    The opening weeks of the legislative session saw ambitious plans for education reform - expanding pre-kindergarten, overhauling teacher evaluations, creating a private school voucher program and updating the state's accountability system, to name just a few. With just over a week left in the 84th Legislature, it's make-or-break time for bills.


  10. Add new commentRead the original story

    Thursday May 21 | The Progressive

    Governor Scott Walker was out of town, giving a keynote address at the American Federation For Children summit in New Orleans, when state Republicans came up with a last-minute revision to the state's education budget, including a plan to siphon millions of dollars in public money into private schools. In a dramatic, late-night hearing on Tuesday, four outraged Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee confronted twelve impassive Republicans, demanding that they explain how the state, after making massive cuts to funding for public education over the last several years, could afford to pay private-school tuition for families who choose school vouchers.


  11. Shilling Not Liking Vote ProcessRead the original story

    Thursday May 21 | WIZM-AM La Crosse

    Another late-night surprise from Wisconsin lawmakers? The joint finance committee voted early Wednesday on a budget bill that includes a plan to offer private school vouchers to students with special needs. Senator Jennifer Shilling says those students could lose services they need, if they're taken out of public schools.


  12. Special Needs Vouchers Not NeededRead the original story

    Thursday May 21 | WIZM-AM La Crosse

    A cautionary tale, perhaps, for anyone who might be affected by what lawmakers do in Madison. A key committee acted in the wee hours of Wednesday morning to add public school vouchers for disabled students to the state's budget plan without notice.


  13. Joint Finance Restores Walker's Cut to K-12, Approves Expanded School Voucher ProgramRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 20 | WUWM

    The Legislature's budget committee on Wednesday morning undid Gov. Walker's cut to K-12 schools while approving an expansion of the state's voucher school program. The Joint Finance committee worked into the night and restored all of the $127 million cut the governor had proposed for the first year of the two-year budget.


  14. House Budget Continues Education Policy ShiftRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 20 | The Mountaineer Publishing Company

    If you haven't paid attention to the direction the Republican-led General Assembly is going in K-12 public education, the proposed N.C. House budget offers a tutorial in a microcosm. The education budget, which the House is set to vote on, includes money to continue charter school expansion across North Carolina, as well as more funding for "Opportunity Scholarships," also known as school vouchers, which provide cash for lower-income students to attend private or religious schools The House budget also spends additional money for programs aimed at using computers and other digital technology to teach students.


  15. Wisconsin Democrats seek probe of Gov. Walker over loanRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 21 | WDUN-AM Gainesville

    Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin called on federal investigators Monday to launch a probe into Republican Gov. Scott Walker's job creation agency after a newspaper reported the troubled organization made a loan to one of Walker's top donors five years ago. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and Sen. Julie Lassa, who both sit on the Wisconsin Economic Development Association's board, said at a news conference that they are outraged by the revelations in the Wisconsin State Journal's story.


  16. Republicans defy Walker's school-funding cut but support increase in voucher schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 21 | Wisconsin Gazette

    The Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee approved a wide-reaching education agenda that would increase funding for public schools, undo enrollment caps on the private school voucher program, create a special needs voucher and target certain low-performing schools for takeover. The 12-4 vote on education issues in the two-year budget, with all Republicans in support and Democrats against, came at the end of five hours of debate.


  17. In marathon session, Wisconsin lawmakers tackle school vouchersRead the original story

    Thursday May 21 | District Administration

    In a marathon session that stretched into Wednesday, Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee voted to require drug tests for some people receiving public benefits, funnel more money to public schools and greatly expand voucher school programs. The sweeping schools plan by Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee would boost spending on public schools instead of cutting it by $127 million over two years as GOP Gov. Scott Walker has proposed.


  18. Democrats say public wants more money for schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 19 | WKBT

    Democrats on the Legislature's budget-writing committee have unveiled a plan to spend nearly half a billion dollars more on public schools the next two years. The proposal was unveiled just before Tuesday's meeting of the Joint Finance Committee where education issues were to be voted on.


  19. Walker tells Republicans he transformed WisconsinRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday May 16 | WLUK-TV Green Bay

    Gov. Scott Walker told Wisconsin Republicans on Saturday that in his four-plus years in office he has transformed the state by enacting numerous conservative priorities, including defunding Planned Parenthood, legalizing concealed carry and weakening public union power. In a 20-minute speech at the Republican Party convention, Walker didn't mention his own likely run for the White House, but did call on party activists to do all they can in electing a Republican for president next year.


  20. Highlights of education proposals in Wisconsin budgetRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 20 | Education Week

    The Wisconsin Legislature's budget-writing committee early Wednesday approved its long-anticipated funding plan for education in the state over the next two years. The entire state spending plan is expected to pass the Joint Finance Committee next week, and then head to the Senate and Assembly for votes.