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Scaling back on school choice?

Education | Education savings account programs in Arizona and New Mexico suffer midterm setbacks
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/14/18, 04:36 pm

School choice advocates are spinning last week’s election results in the most positive light possible.

“School choice victorious in the 2018 elections,” read the headline on a press release issued by the American Federation for Children.

That’s a bit of a stretch. While voters elected pro–school choice candidates in many states, they dealt a significant blow to the choice movement’s flagship initiative—the education savings account (ESA).

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Cameroonians losing faith in seven-term president

International | Paul Biya’s electoral victory fuels separatist tensions among English speakers
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/30/18, 01:55 pm

Cameroonian President Paul Biya, Africa’s longest-serving leader, secured a seventh term in a landslide electoral victory earlier this month. But the vote took place amid accusations of fraud and an increasingly deadly separatist crisis in the bilingual nation.

Biya received 71 percent of the vote in the Oct. 7 election, while lead opposition candidate Maurice Kamto garnered just 14 percent, according to the Constitutional Council.

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Turkey frees Brunson but closes door to his ministry

International | The American pastor faithfully served in the country for more than 20 years
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/12/18, 11:45 am

TURKEY: American Pastor Andrew Brunson gained his freedom Friday, with a Turkish judge sentencing him to three years in prison, but since he has already served time, he walks free, but as a convicted felon. The verdict likely paves the way for his return to the United States, but as many predicted, it will bring to a close more than two decades’ work in Turkey.

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