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Darryl Paulson: Do universities discriminate? Promoting ideological diversity, free speech in U.S. universities

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In the previous three pieces, I have written about how university hiring policies have led to the virtual exclusion of conservatives on college faculties. We have seen how universities have wrapped students in a protective cocoon to prevent them from hearing speech that might be offensive with the use of speech codes, safe spaces, and micro-aggressions. Finally, we have seen how the academy has abandoned its mission of exposing students to diverse views and it some cases has actually encouraged…

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Randi Weingarten doesn’t share Jeb Bush embrace of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

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Though education was rarely discussed by Donald Trump on the campaign trail, at the top of his list of priorities was to spend $20 million on school choice, which would come from “reprioritizing federal dollars.” In picking Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as his Education Secretary, he made it clear that intended to make school choice and voucher plans for low-income families a focal point of his education agenda. And Jeb Bush has been effusive in praising the selection every step…

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American Federation of Teachers relaunches ad targeting Marco Rubio

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The American Federation of Teachers is relaunching an ad campaign opposing Marco Rubio. The organization announced Friday it was relaunching a campaign that claims Rubio “flip-flopped from writing legislation to provide relief to Puerto Rico to siding with hedge funds.” “Time and time again, Marco Rubio has revealed where his allegiance lies. Rubio flip-flopped from writing legislation to provide relief for Puerto Rico, to siding with hedge funds demanding that Puerto Rico make deeper cuts in education and impose regressive…

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Teachers’ unions back Patrick Murphy in U.S. Senate race

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has won the endorsement of some of the most powerful unions in Florida — the teachers’ unions — for his run for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat. The Florida Education Association, National Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers all are supporting Murphy’s Democratic run, FEA President Joanne McCall announced at a Murphy news conference in Palm Beach County Monday. With 140,000 members, the FEA has traditionally been a powerful ally for Democratic candidates, providing large sums of…

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As Jeb Bush campaigns, Florida struggles with his schools legacy

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Jeb Bush‘s signature achievement in education policy as Florida governor may be at risk of coming apart. A champion of what became known as Common Core education standards, Bush pushed a set of high-stakes tests for students and a system of grading schools as the centerpiece of an education agenda that defines much of his legacy in office. In the Republican presidential campaign, any mention of Common Core is a red flag for conservatives and Bush rarely talks about the…

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