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“Chilling”: GOP has introduced 136 “educational gag order” bills in 37 states just this year

This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. The GOP's nationwide war on public education—specifically the teaching of race, U.S. history, and LGBTQ+ identities—has led to a 250% spike in state-level "educational gag order" bills this year, according to a report published Wednesday by the free expression group PEN America.
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Analysis: ‘Teacher Shortage’ — A History Told in Numbers, and Decades

“Report Envisions Shortage of Teachers as Retirements Escalate” screams the headline from the New York Times. “Over the next four years, more than a third of the nation’s 3.2 million teachers could retire, depriving classrooms of experienced instructors and straining taxpayer-financed retirement systems, according to a new report,” reads the lede. But it’s the headline […]
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PSEA calls GOP gubernatorial candidate Mastriano’s school funding plan ‘completely irresponsible’

Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has shared his vision for overhauling education funding that calls for directing dollars to students instead of systems. He wants to create accounts that would allow families to choose the best educational option for their child. He proposes lowering the per-student funding amount from $19,000 to $9,000 or $10,000, along with eliminating property taxes.
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