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Education economics 101

Education | Despite the prevailing narrative of impoverished teachers, most make a pretty good living
by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/10/18, 03:27 pm

Teachers are underpaid and overworked. At least that’s the prevailing narrative driving conversations about education funding across the country.

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Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Tax cap tourniquet

Education | Fight over state and local tax deductions squeezes student scholarship programs
by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/03/18, 01:04 pm

Alleane West knew her four sons had potential. But growing up in Mobile, Ala., they had few educational options and plenty of opportunity to get off track. When she and her oldest son, Nick, discovered the state’s tax credit scholarship program, it felt like a lifeline.

“It was a relief that nobody would understand unless you know you’re a single mom with boys, trying to not make them a statistic,” West said in a video produced by the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund.

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In the name of love?

Education | Christian university lifts ban on same-sex romantic relationships in a bid to better disciple homosexual students
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/26/18, 04:39 pm

Azusa Pacific University made a small but significant change to its student handbook this year that could have a big ripple effect throughout Christian higher education: Students at the Southern California college are no longer prohibited from having romantic same-sex relationships—as long as they remain abstinent.

University chaplain Kevin Mannoia said the change is intended to free students from the need to hide their behavior and beliefs about sexuality so that staff and student leaders can openly address those issues from a Biblical perspective.

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