Article VIII, Section 8 of the Oregon State Constitution stipulates: “Adequate and Equitable Funding. (1) The Legislative Assembly shall appropriate in each biennium a sum of money sufficient to ensure that the state’s system of public education meets quality goals established by law” Dan Chriestenson, Board Member of the Gresham-Barlow School District, points out that the […]
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- A Review of Research on the Effect of Lower Class Sizes: Many Studies Find “No Improvement in Learning” April 24, 2015Researchers at the left-leaning Center for American Progress describe class size reduction policies as a “false promise.” Center for American Progress analysts also conclude that extensive class size reduction policies in California, Florida and other states have not been cost-effective. Bottom line, policies that retain bad teachers in the classroom do more harm to student […]
- Progress in Focus: More Funding for Education Means Better Opportunities for Students April 24, 2015While much of the education conversation in the Legislature right now is centered on the money, it should be focused on what’s at stake – equal opportunity for future generations to reach their full potential. The post Progress in Focus: More Funding for Education Means Better Opportunities for Students appeared first on Washington State Wire.
- The Politics of Rent Control, Seattle-Style April 24, 2015Those who support rent control, including Sawant, have an enormous obstacle blocking their path: a statewide ban. For Seattle to even consider it, the state Legislature would need to pass a measure allowing municipalities to decide for themselves. The post The Politics of Rent Control, Seattle-Style appeared first on Washington State Wire.
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- Today’s Top International Stories: Yemen, North Korea & Italy April 23, 20151) Despite promises to end its airstrikes in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has continued to target Houthi-held areas. At least 20 airstrikes took place today, the death count for the raids is unverified but the Houthi health ministry claims 951 people have died and 3,311 have been wounded. 2) China says that North Korea is […]
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- A Source of Humiliation April 22, 2015Japan has test-run a mag-lev train at faster than 600 kilometers per hour, a fact that is ” further humiliating the US rail industry,” says Business Insider. As an American, I feel totally humiliated by this test. After all, after spending more than $100 billion (about $350 million per mile) on infrastructure that will require […]
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