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AM News: 82 Different Federal Teacher Quality Programs

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Billions in Bloat Uncovered in Beltway WSJ:  On teacher quality, the report identified 82 programs that often have similar descriptions and goals and are spread across 10 federal agencies... Majority in Poll Back Employees in Public Sector Unions NYT:  Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60 percent to 33 percent... The importance of teachers in education Marketplace:  Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates talks about why education is the key issues facing our country, why it's important to help teachers be more effective and how to get schools to adapt technology... Bias is alleged in school closings Boston Globe: The USDE is investigating a complaint that the Boston school system’s plan to close or merge more than a dozen schools to save money discriminates against black and Latino students and their parents... Ed board in Mass. approves 16 new charter schools Boston Globe:  A state board has given the green light to 16 proposed new charter schools in Massachusetts... Eight-year-old arrested in school for fifth time Yahoo News:  An Appleseed Texas report (pdf) examining 22 of the largest school districts in Texas found that where a child went to school--as opposed to the specific nature of his infraction--was a more accurate gauge of whether he would be disciplined by an educator, or by cops and the court system... Union puts Cass Tech teacher on trial Detroit News: In a January runoff election, Conn lost the presidency by 40 votes and has alleged irregularities in the tally... Education Writers Association honors 2 Post reporters Washington Post: Bill Turque, a reporter for The Washington Post, has won first prize for print beat reporting in a national contest held by the Education Writers Association. 
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Public favors collective barginning rights 2 to 1. Can we please just put this issue to rest now and stop blaming unions?

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