State government

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Dorothea Lange

Forty-five states have regressive tax codes. State and local policies could change that. Read more


A new report highlights how local LGBTQ rights measures are under threat—and the special lessons this offers about the dangers of state preemption. Read more



Darvin Atkeson

For decades, California has focused on standing up for values that will make life better and safer for every American, and its actions will hopefully send ripples nationwide. Read more


Many residents in West Virginia are about to receive $525 because their water supply has been poisoned. How could this be a bad thing? Read more




Competition to woo businesses through incentive packages drain billions from public budgets and into corporate coffers each year. Read more



Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin

The candidate for New York governor and former Sex and the City actor is a longtime public education advocate, and isn’t afraid to point out Cuomo’s pattern of underfunding schools. Read more

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New findings show that a majority of voters are seeking to defend their local governments—and their own power. Read more


Wisconsin voters are deciding if they want to remove the office of state treasurer. If this passes, Wisconsin will be the only state without a treasurer or financial equivalent—and that's bad business. Read more




States are passing “super preemption” bills that go one step further to thwart local action on issues like guns and immigration. Read more

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Success Academy

If granted, this would allow teachers to transfer from a charter into any public school statewide, avoiding current degree and certification requirements. And that’s not good for students. Read more

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Max Pixel

Within Wisconsin’s stellar statewide graduation rates and test scores lie the largest racial disparities in the nation. Read more

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Rochelle Hartman (Flickr)

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. Read more

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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. Read more


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


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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. Read more

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

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




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

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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. Read more

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Fibonacci Blue

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