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Scrubbing Bubbles: With Colleges Moving Away from Standardized Testing, Will K-12 Follow? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:29

When Augustana College announced earlier this month that it was eliminating standardized tests as an application requirement for prospective students, it highlighted a trend in higher education.

"There has been an accelerating surge of selective colleges dropping their admissions-testing requirement," said Robert Schaeffer, public education director for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, also known as Fair Test. "The pace is such that some folks have suggested we're reaching a critical mass or a tipping point."

Can the Left Find God?: Local Group and National Leader Push Liberals to Embrace Spirituality PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 November 2007 10:31

Reader issue #658 A foolish person doesn't recognize that one can learn much from opponents. So liberals have begun to understand that they need God on their side as much as the Christian Right does.

Treating More Than Symptoms: “100 Men” Project Tries to Address the Roots of Domestic Violence PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 October 2007 21:25

Reader issue #656 October is domestic-violence awareness month, but the Minneapolis-based organization 100 Men Take a Stand for Domestic Peace takes a larger view.

Guns and Butter: Can the Ben & Jerry’s Founders Change Federal Spending Priorities? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 October 2007 10:25

Reader issue #655 If Ben & Jerry's were to debut a flavor to commemorate the current campaign of its founders, it wouldn't be called Guns Or Butter - that classic economics decision between defense spending and domestic programs.

But it might be called Guns & Butter, in honor of their claim that there doesn't need to be a choice between the two. Strong defense doesn't need to come at the expense of things such as health care, schools, deficit-reduction, or the development of alternative energy, they claim. You can have your guns (weapon-shaped chocolate bits?) in your base of butter (-pecan ice cream).

Building a Better Promise: The Davenport Promise is a Solid Concept, But it Should Address Questions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 October 2007 02:21

Reader issue #655 Every child in Davenport gets a big chunk of a college education paid for. The city's police and fire departments get a new stream of revenue. Paying for it all is an existing tax. While property taxes would likely rise modestly for a few years, they'd be back below current levels by 2014.

And the ultimate goal is a growing community with a larger tax base, which in the long run could mean more money for schools and city services with lower property-tax rates.

Who could possibly be against that?

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