State government


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Wisconsin’s public schools used to be at the top of the class. How they fell so far and so fast is a cautionary tale for our country’s rural schools. more

Jan 5, 2018 12:30 PM Public School Shakedown

Walker, whose approval rating has been well below 50 percent the last couple of years and who is facing a tough re-election in 2018, has taken the Willie Horton ad model to new depths. more

Dec 22, 2017 6:00 AM Dispatches

After major blowback and a legal threat from the ACLU, the state funds a vital program—for a few more months. more

Dec 13, 2017 7:28 AM Dispatches

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MN House Archives

New federal education policy encourages states like Minnesota to punish those in K-12 and higher education who want to resist high-stakes standardized testing. more

Dec 7, 2017 2:49 PM Public School Shakedown 1 Comments

“It will be increasingly important to maintain our public image as useless and miserable.” more

Nov 24, 2017 8:00 AM Dispatches 1 Comments



Imagine not being able to get out of bed without help from aides. Now imagine being told you will no longer receive that help. more

Nov 13, 2017 12:10 PM Dispatches



The Tar Heel state shows how charter schools turn education funding into a contest that divides communities and segregates students. more

Nov 9, 2017 12:55 PM Public School Shakedown 2 Comments


Ted Eytan

The Buckeye State lied to get federal grant money for charters, and mishandled millions for schools that closed or never even opened. Now, this could happen in other states too. more

Oct 20, 2017 10:32 AM Public School Shakedown


Fibonacci Blue

In cities from Iowa to Oregon, local protections and civil rights are quashed by the states more

Aug 25, 2017 2:02 PM Dispatches


Courtesy of Eesha Pandit

“It is hard to over-emphasize how dire it is to have politicians messing around with healthcare that is actually life and death.” more

Apr 3, 2017 5:49 PM Dispatches

Just about every state harbors an active and organized grassroots campaign for universal health care, and state campaigns have already achieved significant success. more

Apr 3, 2017 5:23 PM Dispatches