by Cathy Cuthbert, NEO Board of Directors
 
Financial journalist Doug Hornig has written a quick analysis of the economic conditions in the Sunshine State -- Florida-Much Worse Problems than the Oil Spill -- and the picture he paints is dire.
 
The projected 2011 budget deficit is 22% and the amount owed to the state pension fund--which means teacher pensions, among others--will only increase as the "fiduciaries" look to boost returns through risky investments. Current
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by Cathy Cuthbert, NEO Board of Directors
 
States will have to cut programs because the bond market will demand it.
 
This July 15 article from Business Week -- California May Cut Pay, Illinois Holds Bills to Bar Downgrades -- outlines one likely scenario for our continuing economic woes. Since the states are umbilically tied to the bond market for their profligate habits, they cannot default. After the coming federal bailout fails, they are likely to cut workers and
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by Tammy Drennan, NEO Senior Writer
 
President Obama recently signed into law the $10 billion EduJobs bill that would infuse schools with money to retain and hire staff.
 
But Neal McCluskey, author of Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education, says in an interview with EducationNews.org's Michael F. Shaughnessy that the money is completely unnecessary:
 
"Educationally, there’s just no justification for it: Even
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by Tammy Drennan, NEO Senior Writer
 
The battle continues around the world between government and parents over who should control the rearing and education of children. Should government define education and control the future or should private citizens control their own families and define their own futures?
 
This is a war with phenomenal portent for the future. Almost every dictator who has ever lived has recognized and acted on the importance of controlling the education
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by Tammy Drennan, NEO Senior Writer
 
Homeschoolers are being recruited by colleges, and they are excelling, as is demonstrated by a new study by Michael F. Cogan. It’s no surprise to their parents.
 
This is good news for the move toward independent education. There are no big secrets to learning and excelling. People have been doing it on their own and with the help of parents, tutors, mentors and teachers of their choice, in thousands of different ways, since the beginning
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