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Wisconsin cut $635 per student under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget

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Wisconsin was first among 24 states in reducing state education aid since last year, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based think tank.

State spending per student dropped $635 from the last fiscal year, thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget, which took effect July 1.

New York cut the second most, slashing state school aid by $585, and California cut the third most, with $484.

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“These cuts are occurring at a time when schools face demands from parents, employers and civic leaders to bring more and more students to higher levels of academic proficiency, in large part because workers will increasingly need higher levels of educational attainment to thrive in the workforce,” the authors of the study, Phil Oliff and Michael Leachman, said.

The report only analyzed the 24 states where the necessary state budget data were available. The 24 states comprised about two-thirds of the nation’s school-age population.

“Scott Walker has been a failure on jobs, on reigning in spending and on making government accountable to Wisconsin’s working families, but he has crowned us with the dubious honor of leading the country in cuts to education,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday. “At least we’re ‘Number One’ in something.”


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Ex-cops indicted in fatal shooting of Black woman and ‘public torture’ of Black man in separate incidents

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Two former Mississippi police officers were indicted in the brutal beating of a Black motorist, and one of them was also charged in an unrelated fatal shooting.

Wade Robertson, 28, and Bryce Gilbert, 27, were charged with aggravated assault in the 2018 beating of James Barnett, and Robertson was also charged with manslaughter in the 2019 shooting death of Dominique Henry, reported The Laurel Leader-Call.

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Andrea Mitchell knocks Biden for virtual convention speech: ‘How much does that damage the campaign?’

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MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell suggested to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden could "damage" his campaign by holding a virtual convention speech.

Mitchell made the remark after President Donald Trump said that he was considering holding his convention speech at the White House.

"Joe Biden is not going to Milwaukee," Mitchell told Pelosi. "How much does this damage the campaign?"

Pelosi disagreed by insisting that Democrats will hold a "great convention."

Mitchell then asked about Trump's plan to hold his convention speech at the White House.

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Trump’s psychiatric disturbance could destroy democracy if he wins a second term: clinical psychologist

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I’m not being hyperbolic or melodramatic when I say that democracy itself is on the line on November 3. Donald Trump has been on a mission to subvert our democracy and to push it toward an autocracy. No president has ever disavowed democracy like Trump. No president has ever wanted to change our democratic way of life like Trump.

Trump has shown little interest or intent in following our Constitution. He is not abiding by the emoluments clause. He breaks norms and rules at will. He does not recognize that the three branches of government are co-equal. He operates as if the executive branch has total power. Our democracy is not based on the executive branch having absolute power. It requires that the three branches have separate powers in a check-and-balances system. Trump impugns democracy because it limits his power and requires him to be held accountable.

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