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The education picture gets a little clearer
The transcribed article points out that Obama, if elected, would be the first president to require all teacher colleges to be accredited. But with more states allowing alternative licensing programs to combat teacher shortages, it’ll be interesting to see how that idea in particular plays among governors.

Today's Best Education Paragraph
"It’s as if the unfunded mandate crowd is saying: “The $10,000 per pupil we already get just pays for warehousing. If you actually want us to educate kids, that’ll cost ya extra.”

Dem's potential VPs back education
The Post reported today that VA Gov. Tim Kaine and KS Gov. Kathleen Sebelius are the two state leaders being seriously considered for veep by the Obama campaign

Republican Vice Presidential Picks and Education
Last week's joint McCain-Jindal events being disrupted by an oil spill and inclement weather could be the key omen.

Fake News Friday: A Very Special Tuesday Edition
(Vancouver) Parents and teachers across the state were outraged today when teacher Lindsey Huffington, 28, revealed that she “hadn’t spent one single minute” of her summer vacation thinking about the upcoming school year.

In Need of Alteration
Perhaps the most ridiculous thing that Alter writes -- and the statement that gives away the ideological underpinnings of his argument if anybody wasn't already aware -- is that unions "still believe that protecting incompetents is more important than educating children."
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"It’s as if the unfunded mandate crowd is saying: “The $10,000 per pupil we already get just pays for warehousing. If you actually want us to educate kids, that’ll cost ya extra.”

Oh, those poor suckers in places like Scarsdale who spend over $20,000 per student and in the elite private schools where they spend $30,000, mainly for low class sizes. If they would only warehouse their kids too at a measly $10,000 per, we could have equality.

And in NYC where we have a reform effort that hands IBM $80 million for a system that doesn't work and instead of putting money directly into the classroom, spend millions on principal academies and on merit pay schemes, just a few points d-edreckoning seems to pass by.

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