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Prioritizing Pro Sports over Higher Education

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is the latest politician advocating cuts to public institutions while pushing controversial multi-million dollar stadium deals.

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Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s governor (R), will present a budget tonight that aims to cut $300 million from the state’s public universities over the next two years. If approved, this would be the deepest cut in Wisconsin’s state university history, and students, professors, and state lawmakers are already voicing their disapproval of the proposed budget, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

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The Donald Has a Point: Why Do We Care About Sarah Palin's Emails?

Sarah Palin may be a media obsession, but she's not an elected official anymore. Let's stop digging through her email.


Ever since Sarah Palin's 24,199 printed pages of emails were released to the public, I've been trying to figure out why I don't care. Is it Palin fatigue? Did I have a hunch that nothing fascinating would come out of it?

Well, I never thought I'd say this, but I found myself agreeing with Donald Trump as I watched this Fox News clip earlier today. Trump called the Sarah Palin email expedition “a witch hunt,” and said it was “really very dangerous for this country.” Instead, he suggested, “how about going through Anthony Weiner’s emails?”

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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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Extra Credit: Can Someone Bring Chile's Star Wars School to the States?

Welcome to the first-ever edition of Extra Credit, a daily roundup of noteworthy education stories.


Taking a cue from GOOD's Food and Environment editors (and myriad other online writers), I'm doing a daily roundup of all the intriguing and noteworthy education stories I came across in the course of a day, but didn't get around to writing about. Here's the first edition:

The esteemed Daniel Pink pokes holes in the ever popular idea that trying teacher pay to student standardized test results works.

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Infographic: How the Koch Brothers and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Turn Democracy Into a Game of Monopoly

An easy-to-trace look at how the Koch brothers' millions are buying political favors in Minnesota.

The clever and righteous folks at The Other 98% put out this infographic on the rather clear connection between the Koch brother's plentiful dollars and the Wisconsin governor who is now busting unions and, more important to this discussion, insisting on no-bid sales of the state-owned power plants.

Quick background: It just so happens that the three companies best positioned to buy and operate those facilities, which they could get for pennies on the dollar through the no-bid sale process, are all subsidiaries of, you guessed it: Koch Industries. (We've covered and ranted about the Kochs a bunch in the past. Amongst many other horrible, terrible things, they're some of the worst polluters in the country.) This Walker-Koch "secret deal" rumor seems to fall more towards credibility than wild-eyed conspiracy theory when you look at all the details in place, as Rick Unger did on his Forbes blog last week.

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