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October 26, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Florida’s largest teachers union is appealing to the state Supreme Court a decision a lower court made upholding the state’s tax credit scholarship program.
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Education
October 3, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Dental therapists practice in more than 50 countries, yet all but four states prevent these oral care equivalent of physician assistants from treating patients.
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Health Care
Employment
June 21, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Cascadia Wildlands, an environmental group in Oregon, has filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission alleging three Oregon state lawmakers committed ethics violations.
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Environment
May 16, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) took no action on Senate Bill 6194, allowing it to become law without his signature. The new law funds Washington State charter schools from an account in the state’s budget that uses proceeds from the state lottery.
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Education
May 6, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
An Arizona bill to expand eligibility for the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program passed the state’s Senate but failed to pass the House before the session ended.
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Education
May 5, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear an Ohio case will force the state into tighter environmental restrictions than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required.
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Energy
Environment
May 4, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Citing separation of powers, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed a bill that would have given state lawmakers authority over implementing a federal Clean Power Plan. A statement issued by Gov.
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Energy
Regulation
Environment
Climate Change
April 13, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
In a tie 4–4 vote, the nation’s top court effectively ruled in favor of government unions and denied a group of California government school teachers the right to decide whether to contribute to teachers unions. Deciding the case Friedrichs v.
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Government Spending
Law
April 12, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Taxpayers could save $30 billion if Congress approves a bill to make lottery jackpot winners ineligible for Medicaid, end enhanced Medicaid payments for prisoners, and eliminate an Affordable Care Act (ACA) fund once used to promote a sport called
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Health Care
Law
December 9, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Washington State’s first charter school opened this fall, welcoming students who come from difficult backgrounds—including families touched by violence, drug abuse, and homelessness.
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Education
November 6, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
While private schools—in particular, Catholic schools—have experienced an enrollment decline in recent years, the Catholic school network Cristo Rey has flourished, opening two to three schools each year.
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Education
November 6, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
A California teacher who wants to opt out of financially supporting the teachers union’s political lobbying is now without professional liability insurance or a contract vote, even though those provisions are part of collective bargaining.
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Education
November 6, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Washington state’s Supreme Court will determine whether charter schools will be allowed in the state. Hearings are expected to begin in October.
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Education
October 6, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to lay off teachers and possibly grow class sizes as large as 40 when students return in September, unless the state and city gives it more money.
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Education
October 3, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Teacher quality is the most important in-school factor in students’ education, the National Council on Teacher Quality says.
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Education
October 2, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
When the North Carolina legislature approved a budget allocating more money for a new school voucher program in late July, it answered one mom’s prayer.
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Education
October 1, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
A lawsuit from a Florida union would eliminate school choice for many low-income students and effectively kill a program to help students with autism and other special needs.
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Education
September 3, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
When the North Carolina legislature approved a budget allocating more money for a new school voucher program in late July, it answered one mom’s prayer.
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Education
August 12, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
When the North Carolina legislature approved a budget allocating more money for a new school voucher program in late July, it answered one mom’s prayer.
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Education
August 4, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Students at many public schools are having personal data collected, stored and distributed to third parties without their parents’ knowledge. “I had a conversation with my high school assistant principal and asked him how much data was being collected.
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Education
 

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