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North Dakota education thrives despite oil bust

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During the oil boom, state departments thrived off increased tax money and schools received more than enough funding. However, during the economic downturn, states that depended too heavily on oil taxes, such as Oklahoma, struggle to fund their education systems. Meanwhile, North Dakota students will see little to no change in their classrooms thanks to the high taxes paid by ...

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Report: Oil, gas helps fund Texas schools

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A report by North Texans for Natural Gas explains how the oil and natural gas industry contributes more than $4 billion per year to the Texas education system. Texas schools benefit from oil and gas royalties that are paid into the state’s Permanent School Fund and the Permanent University Fund. Local independent school districts also benefit from property taxes paid ...

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State lawmakers consider a 3-month budget as budget stalemate enters Day 36

HARRISBURG – In a rare move, state lawmakers are considering a three-month budget as an option to keep state government running while a budget stalemate continues in its 36th day. This would involve passing a concurrent or continuing resolution to distribute state revenue based on the previous year’s allocation for that period. This rarely used type of resolution is reserved ...

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Wolf says bad budgeting is costing Pennsylvania $170M a year

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that bad state budgeting is costing taxpayers about $170 million a year, the Democrat’s latest attack on Republicans who control the Legislature as he and top GOP lawmakers prepare to resume meetings on a 3-week-old budget stalemate. Wolf told KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh during a regularly scheduled appearance that state government is ...

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Schools adding more energy courses to curriculum

The science behind huge drills breaking into rocks deep in the earth, extracting oil from the seafloor and powerful turbines turning wind into electricity will be among concepts studied at Valley View High School in a new energy-focused class. “This career field is wide open in this area,” said Michael Boccella, director of curriculum and instruction. “It’s certainly a timely ...

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New Mexico unemployment rates show improvement

According to data released Friday, New Mexico’s unemployment rate and job growth improved marginally in October. The state’s unemployment was 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent during September and from 6.8 percent last year. In the U.S., 34 state’s unemployment rates dropped, which is a sign that continuing hiring this year has been broadly spread across most of the country.  ...

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Across America, science center offerings on climate change are often scant

Nine out of 10 scientist believe that humans are causing global climate change, surveys suggest. But only about one out of two science-education facilities are discussing it at all. “I would say about half of [U.S. science facilities] have addressed the issue one way or another,” said Walter Staveloz, who has worked on climate-change issues at the Association of Science-Technology ...

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Adams State to take part in $2.9M grant program

ALAMOSA — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $2.9 million to a partnership including Adams State University that aims to improve science, technology and math education at rural schools. The five-year grant will train teachers in those subject areas to teach at elementary and middle schools at 15 rural school districts in the state. Adams State partnered with the ...

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Dem Wolf eyes shale’s ‘golden egg’ to boost school funding

Pennsylvania's Democratic candidate for governor Tom Wolf

Melissa Daniels | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Tom Wolf, the Democrat who could become Pennsylvania’s next governor, wants to invest more in public education and transportation infrastructure. But to see those plans through, his administration would require hundreds of millions of dollars from taxes on Marcellus shale and potentially from an increase in Pennsylvania personal income taxes. Wolf, 65, a York County ...

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