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Chris Christie's Wagging Finger Proves Alignment of Teachers' and Womens' Rights

The facts are clear: 85 percent of K-12 teachers are women and 80 percent of our government officials are men.

I'd like to dedicate some time to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's othering of a teacher this past weekend at one of his political rallies. Most of the coverage around this event has centered on the tenor politicians have set in their quest to reform education. As Christie wags a finger at the woman, teacher Melissa Tomlinson, the crowd cheers, signaling a societal acknowledgment that politicians can lay waste to any courtesy towards anyone, and that democracy is overrated. Surely, dissenters get jeers at any rally, but this particular type of jeer further solidified the idea that teachers' rights are aligned with women's rights.

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Snoop Lion on Gun Control: End the Violence, Move Forward in Peace and Love

Growing up in the streets of Long Beach, I’ve seen lots of homies fall victim to gun violence.

Growing up in the streets of Long Beach, I’ve seen lots of homies fall victim to gun violence. Whether they were the ones behind the barrel or in front, in the end it never worked out. As I hear more and more stories in the news about violent acts of terror and school shootings that leave innocent kids dead, it makes me upset to live in a world full of negativity. Now more than ever, I feel the need to speak up and encourage our youth to come together to stop gun violence. That’s why I started my "No Guns Allowed" movement, inspired by my song of the same name that features my nephew Drake and my daughter, Cori B.

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People Are Awesome: This 21-Year-Old Rutgers Student Is Running For School Board

This is the first year New Brunswick, NJ has a voice in deciding who controls their schools. Stephanie Rivera is stepping up to make sure it's heard.


"So you're a Rutgers student? A student with no real life experience who wants to be on a school board?"

My name is Stephanie Rivera. I am a 21-year-old junior at Rutgers University and that's the reaction I hear from critics of my candidacy for New Brunswick, New Jersey's Board of Education. For over 20 years, our school board was appointed by the mayor rather than elected by community members. Then this past November New Brunswick community members tirelessly campaigned in support of a referendum to change the school board to an elected one. This is the first year where the community has a voice in deciding who controls their schools.

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16-Year-Old Girl Challenges Michele Bachmann to a Civics Debate

Maybe civics education isn't dead after all.

Ready for a one-question civics pop quiz? How many amendments are there to the United States Constitution? If you're feeling a little overwhelmed by the question, you're not alone. The average American student is pretty ignorant when it comes to civics. Data released this month from the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed three-quarters of seniors can't name a power granted to Congress by the Constitution.

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Teachers in the Trenches Aren't Impressed with Arne Duncan's "Appreciation Letter"

Duncan's open letter to teachers expressing his appreciation for their hard work hasn't exactly been well-received.

"Sorry, Arne. I think this is just lip service."

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Extra Credit: Education Cuts Found Unconstitutional

Budget cuts, budget cuts, and more budget cuts: what we're reading at GOOD Education HQ


Last year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slashed $820 million from the state's education budget. Now a judge has ruled the cuts violated the state constitution because they disproportionally impacted low-income districts.

State universities are facing such severe budget cuts, they may have to lay off tenured faculty. Meanwhile, community colleges in Alabama are dealing with cuts by dissolving their athletic programs.

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