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For the Record

The National Education Association posted an article about how teachers are helping students spot "fake news." … more
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While medicine has no cure for the common cold, Michigan’s Legislature has apparently found the remedy for “tax cut fever.” … more
The East Lansing School Board passed a resolution saying Betsy DeVos was unfit to be Secretary of Education for advocating policies that same district has embraced. … more
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When critics of school choice say that charter schools aren't much better than traditional Detroit Public Schools, there's something they aren't telling you. … more
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The National Education Association’s president, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, received a 9.5 percent pay raise and had a 23 percent boost in total compensation in 2016. … more