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BP in appeal to US Supreme Court

BP in appeal to US Supreme Court | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
Oil giant BP appeals to the US Supreme Court over a ruling regarding how businesses must be compensated in the wake of the 2010 the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.
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This is an article about how an appeal made by BP to the Supreme Court about the settlement they made in 2012. It was repealed, and the Supreme Court stated that BP knew what they were getting into when they signed it.

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Alex Salazar's comment, May 21, 2014 11:36 PM
Well BP certainly did a lot of damage with their oil spill, so this will be interesting to see.
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U.S. Supreme Court grants stay of 'excruciating' execution

U.S. Supreme Court grants stay of 'excruciating' execution | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew is granted a stay of execution. His rare birth defect, lawyers said, would make his death an "excruciating" process.
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This article from CNN is about a death row inmate who's execution was stayed due to a birth defect that would have caused the death to be an "excruciating process". This would have been the first execution since the botched one on Oklahoma last month. I think that a pre-existing medical condition that causes a 'painless' execution to turn in to an 'excruciating' one should fall under cruel and unusual punishment.

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Alex Salazar's comment, May 21, 2014 11:39 PM
I agree, after all, if a painless execution is not truly painless, then I hardly think that it would be allowed in the light of the cruel and unusual punishment.
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Obama signs order on minimum wage

Obama signs order on minimum wage | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
Executive order will require businesses with new or renewed federal contracts to pay minimum wage workers $10.10 an hour starting in 2015.
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This is an article about the executive order signed by President Obama, declaring that the minimum wage will be raised to $10.10 in 2015.

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Alex Salazar's comment, May 17, 2014 3:24 PM
Nice, raising the minimum wage, little by little.
Sam Burich's comment, May 19, 2014 12:48 AM
Good my pay checks will be bigger.
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SC upholds constitutional validity of Right to Education Act - IBNLive

SC upholds constitutional validity of Right to Education Act - IBNLive | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
“The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act, which mandates that 25 per cent seats in all schools be reserved for the economically disadvantaged.”
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The New Dheli supreme court decided on the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act yesterday. This act states that 25% of seats in school must be reserved for the economically challenged.
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Sam Burich's comment, May 11, 2014 11:26 PM
I don't think it's right to reserve places in school like this.
Alex Salazar's comment, May 12, 2014 9:10 AM
I disagree, I feel like it is up to the school.
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Education: Responsive Learning - How Games Help Teachers - Extra Credits - YouTube

Education: Responsive Learning - How Games Help Teachers - Extra Credits - YouTube | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
Games that can track player behavior down to the last click can also keep teachers informed about their classes' progress and give them time to work one-on-o...
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This is an article about up-and-coming educational games. These games allow teachers to track the progress of their class, allowing for more one on one time, overall.
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Alex Salazar's comment, May 12, 2014 9:11 AM
Coolio! It would be very nice to be able to play games in class.
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Uganda health services 'are for all'

Uganda health services 'are for all' | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
Uganda's minister of health says homosexuals will not be discriminated against when they require healthcare, despite a new anti-gay law.
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This is an article about how discrimination based on homosexuality will not occur when healthcare is required, contrary to Uganda's conservative views.

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Sam Burich's comment, May 4, 2014 11:55 PM
Personal views should not effect others healthcare.
Alex Salazar's comment, May 5, 2014 9:54 PM
There are better ways to assert a country's independence from other powers than to oppress its own people.
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In this article, it states that homosexuals will not be discriminated, regardless of the new anti-gay law in Uganda.

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Chile's new ambassador to Uzbekistan presents credentials in Foreign Affairs ... - Trend.az

Chile's new ambassador to Uzbekistan presents credentials in Foreign Affairs ... - Trend.az | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
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Chile's new ambassador to Uzbekistan presents credentials in Foreign Affairs ...

Via Michael Akerib
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This is an article about Chile's new ambassador to Uzbekistan. The new Chilean Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Uzbekistan presented his credentials in foreign affairs to the Uzbek President Islam Karimov.

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Alex Salazar's comment, April 28, 2014 2:13 PM
That's pretty interesting. I really like those titles.
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Chile has a new Ambassador to Uzbekistan which is talked about in this article.

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Hearing: Advancing U.S. Interests Abroad: The FY 2015 Foreign Affairs Budget

Hearing: Advancing U.S. Interests Abroad: The FY 2015 Foreign Affairs Budget Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on youtube 2172 Rayburn House Office Bu...
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This is an obscenely long video on the recent hearing for the 2015 foreign affairs budget. 

 

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Alex Salazar's comment, April 28, 2014 2:16 PM
Wow, that was way too long for me, but it was information.
Dustin Davis's curator insight, April 30, 2014 10:23 AM

There was a recent hearing in the 2015 foreign affairs budget and it was explained in this video.

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What is Digital Citizenship?

What is Digital Citizenship? | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
For more videos like this, please visit: http://www.cyberwise.org. This is a simple guide to help parents and educators understand why digital citizenship is the first step towards media literacy, ...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This is an article that explains the concept of digital citizenship, It also goes on to explain how digital citizenship is the first step towards media literacy. 

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Manda Pahl's curator insight, April 17, 2014 12:09 AM

This video explains digital citizenship and how it would benefit schools. Digital citizenship is similar to drivers ed classes where students learn the ropes of the internet and how to safely browse it. Since many young students are allowed ipads and other devices at school, these courses may be necessary and effective later down the road. 

Alex Salazar's comment, April 20, 2014 1:20 AM
This is interesting, I never really though about digital citizenship.
Madison Blazing's comment, April 20, 2014 1:35 AM
This was very interesting and it helped me understand the concept of digital citizenship much better. I have to agree that considering the fast paced growth of technology advancements in our society, having informational courses about how to safely navigate these devices may be beneficial. I would not be surprised if these classes do become implemented in the nearby future as more schools begin to adopt more policies that allow more freedom with these devices in the classrooms.
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Where is Immigration Reform Heading?

Vandon Gene talks to NumbersUSA about the omni-present debate about immigration reform.
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This is a video of speculation about where the United States' immigration reform is heading.

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Alex Salazar's comment, April 13, 2014 12:48 AM
I was kind of surprised by what he said, I haven't really thought about immigration reform, so this was some pretty interesting information.
Sam Burich's comment, April 14, 2014 11:20 AM
Interesting view on immigration.
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This video is quite accurate about where the US immigration is headed.

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UK immigration policy damages creative economy, says Lords ...

UK immigration policy damages creative economy, says Lords ... | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
The UK's immigration visa system is unnecessarily complicated and having a damaging impact on the country's creative economy, a Lords committee has said. The newly established Lords committee on UK "soft power" has ...
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This is an article about the UK's overly complicated visa system, and how it's having a negative impact on the country's economic situation.

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Alex Salazar's comment, April 13, 2014 12:53 AM
After almost always hearing about American immigration problems it was nice to hear about another country's problems. It will be interesting to see how this will all fold out.
Dustin Davis's curator insight, April 16, 2014 9:19 AM

The UK's visa system is causing much trouble for he country's economic situation.

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Wrongful discharge claim can be up to public policy on an issue - Nashua Telegraph

Wrongful discharge claim can be up to public policy on an issue - Nashua Telegraph | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
Wrongful discharge claim can be up to public policy on an issue Nashua Telegraph There also is the public policy exception to the employment-at-will doctrine, which allows a wrongful discharge claim to be brought even if there are no statutory...
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This is an article about a law in New Hampshire commonly known as employment-at-will, which allows employers to fire or workers to quit their jobs without prior notice. One of the only possible ways to address wrongful discharge is through public policy.

 

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Alex Salazar's comment, March 27, 2014 3:57 PM
That is an interesting law and I can understand the need to change it. I wonder just how this will be resolved and how this will affect everyone involved.
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Illinois Primary 2014: Local Election Results - Tristatehomepage.com

Illinois Primary 2014: Local Election Results - Tristatehomepage.com | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
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Illinois Primary 2014: Local Election Results
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Compared to the hotly contested republican gubernatorial race, it was a fairly uneventful primary election downstate in southeastern Illinois.
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This is an article about the Illinois Primary 2014 local election results.

 

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Alex Salazar's comment, March 23, 2014 1:53 AM
Kudos to Darby Boewe and the others who were reelected/won their campaigns. It's interesting how some of these election are such blow outs, while others are very narrowly won.
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Town Meetings Can Have Prayer, Justices Decide

Town Meetings Can Have Prayer, Justices Decide | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
In a 5-4 ruling that split the Supreme Court’s liberal and conservative members, the justices said that towns may start their sessions with sectarian prayers.
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This is an article from the New York Times about a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court that states that it is  constitutional to start town meetings with prayer.

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Alex Salazar's comment, May 21, 2014 11:37 PM
Interesting, I would have thought that that violated separation of church and state, but I guess they know better than I.
Sam Burich's comment, May 26, 2014 9:21 PM
I feel like it does but the majority of people want it.
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Minimum Wage Increase Would Have Mixed Effects, C.B.O. Report Says

Minimum Wage Increase Would Have Mixed Effects, C.B.O. Report Says | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
The analysis provided instant fuel for both supporters and critics of raising the federal minimum wage.
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This is an article about how Obama's executive order to raise minimum wage to $10.10 could have mixed results. According to certain statistics, by mid 2016, this order has the potential to put 500,000 workers out of work. On the other hand, it has the potential to lift 900,000 families above the poverty line. I think that this executive order should be change a little, maybe lowering the minimum wage to $9.50 or so, thus reducing the number of unemployed workers while still lifting many familes out of poverty. 

 

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Alex Salazar's comment, May 17, 2014 3:25 PM
This is an interesting conundrum, I wonder what will happen at the end
Michael Carl's curator insight, May 18, 2014 4:13 PM

This article talks about both sides of the minimum wage raising argument.

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Minimum wage 'set to rise to £7'

Minimum wage 'set to rise to £7' | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
By Josh Hall
The Chancellor has indicated that the National Minimum Wage should be increased to £7 per hour.
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This is an article about how the minimum wage in Britain is going to rise from £6.31 to £7.00 in October of this year. I think this is a cause for celebration for lower class workers in Britain.


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Alex Salazar's comment, May 17, 2014 3:23 PM
That's pretty cool, if only we could get that started here.
Sam Burich's comment, May 19, 2014 12:50 AM
It seems minimum wage is an issue all over the world.
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Chess, a solution for education? - Susan Polgar Chess Daily News ...

Chess, a solution for education? - Susan Polgar Chess Daily News ... | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
““My dream is to get in front of education decision makers and convince them to make chess part of the curriculum for K through second grade,” said Susan Polgar, the star of the show. “That's when thinking patterns and habits ...”
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This is a blog post by a teacher who advocates adding chess to the school curriculums during the time when thinking patterns and habits develop, which happens to be during K-2nd grades.
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Luke French's comment, May 11, 2014 9:03 PM
I think making chess, or games like it, could be a valuable addition to elementary school curriculum's.
Sam Burich's comment, May 11, 2014 11:30 PM
Nice topic. ;) I liked reading about this idea.
Alex Salazar's comment, May 12, 2014 9:11 AM
That sounds fun and educational!
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Health Care Apps Offer Patients an Active Role

Health Care Apps Offer Patients an Active Role | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
Mobile applications and devices let people take pictures of moles or record a heartbeat and then communicate accordingly with their doctor.
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This is an article about a new breed of apps that allow patients to take picture of ailments and send them to their doctor, thus, in theory, saving time and money. I feel that this may be a major step towards having efficient, low cost health care for all. 

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Sam Burich's comment, May 4, 2014 11:53 PM
I think this is an awful idea and I don't see how it could work.
Alex Salazar's comment, May 5, 2014 9:52 PM
On one hand it could save time and energy, but only with obvious and easily visible diseases, on the other, this doesn't seem to be able to assess major illnesses.
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Veterans dying because of health care delays

Veterans dying because of health care delays | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
U.S. veterans are dying because of delays in diagnosis and treatment at VA hospitals.
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This is an article about how delays in simple medical screenings have killed at least 19 US veterans already. This is not okay, and it has to stop.

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Sam Burich's comment, May 4, 2014 11:54 PM
It makes me sad that the systems problems are visiting lives.
Alex Salazar's comment, May 5, 2014 9:58 PM
This is sad, and pathetic. If we cannot protect the lives of our own vets in our own nation why are we asking them to risk their lives abroad?
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Parliament creates foreign affairs and aid subcommittee

The Foreign Affairs Subcommittee under the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will be renamed as the Foreign Affairs and Aid Subcommittee for the 44th Parliament.

Via H. V. Evatt Library
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This is a short article about the parliament of Australia creating a foreign affairs and aid subcommittee. This new subcommittee was formed under the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade. 

 

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Michael Carl's curator insight, April 27, 2014 8:35 AM

In this article, Australia is creating a foreign affairs sub committee.

Alex Salazar's comment, April 28, 2014 2:14 PM
This answered so,e questions I had about creating committees.
Dustin Davis's curator insight, April 30, 2014 10:22 AM

Australian parliament has established a foreign affairs and aid subcommittee.

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Britain Increasingly Invokes Power to Disown Its Citizens - New York Times

Britain Increasingly Invokes Power to Disown Its Citizens - New York Times | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
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Britain Increasingly Invokes Power to Disown Its Citizens
New York Times
LONDON — The letter informing Mohamed Sakr that he had been stripped of his British citizenship arrived at his family's house in London in September 2010.
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This is an article about how Britain is revoking it's citizenship, sometimes without due cause.

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Alex Salazar's comment, April 20, 2014 1:18 AM
Wow, that is a powerful article. It is kind of crazy how much energy Britain is putting into getting around due process and killing their citizens, or should I saw late citizens.
Dustin Davis's curator insight, April 22, 2014 9:15 AM

Britain is revoking its citizenship without reason.

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5 Questions with Susan M. Bearden - Digital Citizenship

5 Questions with Susan M. Bearden - Digital Citizenship | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
We spoke with Susan M. Bearden about digital citizenship, her predictions for 2014, and how you can keep your students safe online.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This is a Q and A article about digital citizenship, a new 'thing' that has popped up in recent years.

 

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Alex Salazar's comment, April 20, 2014 1:22 AM
After reading another one of your posts about digital citizenship I was left with some questions, which this answered nicely.
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Illegal Immigration to US on Rise

Illegal Immigration to US on Rise | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
It has been revealed that the US is seeing a rise in the numbers of people trying to get illegal immigration visas since the country started to see a more economically stable future.

Via John Carter, Chelsie DeBus
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This is an article about the current rise in illegal immigration the US is seeing.

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, May 15, 2014 3:03 PM
Crazy that there are so many people in our country illegally. It's great that some people actually do help our country but some illegals also hurt it as well. Our government needs to step up and figure out our immigration problem.
Andrew Beighley's comment, May 18, 2014 8:08 PM
This article is about how illegal immigration affects the US. The number of illegal immigrants is rising every year, and something needs to be done to stop it. The reason many of these people come here illegally is because they want a better future, but they don't want to have to wait for years to get it.
Mitchell Forrest Enerson's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:02 PM

There are too many people that are getting into our country illegally and it needs to be controlled. We need to lock down borders and allow easier legal immigration. We would love to and need to have immigrants in our country but they need to become immigrants legally. Our government should make this top priority. 

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ABQ physician receives $250000 public policy award - Albuquerque Business First (blog)

ABQ physician receives $250000 public policy award - Albuquerque Business First (blog) | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
ABQ physician receives $250000 public policy award
Albuquerque Business First (blog)
Albuquerque physician Dr.
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This article is about an Albuquerque physician who received $250,000 from the Heinz  Family Foundation for his work on project ECHO.

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Alex Salazar's comment, March 27, 2014 3:55 PM
Congratulations to him. He deserved the award, I hope he continues to aid those who are less fortunate in New Mexico.
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Students, faculty say USM public policy program threatened by controversial cuts - Bangor Daily News

Students, faculty say USM public policy program threatened by controversial cuts - Bangor Daily News | Government and Law - Luke French | Scoop.it
Bangor Daily News Students, faculty say USM public policy program threatened by controversial cuts Bangor Daily News Joseph McDonnell, dean of the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service, addresses graduate students and...
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This is an article about a public policy program that has been implemented at USM, and budget cuts that are being made to it.

 

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Alex Salazar's comment, March 28, 2014 1:39 PM
I find it sad that universities around the nation, including this one, are finding out that they have to cut programs. Money is tight everywhere, and it's dissapointing that students will not be able to get the same quality education than other students from years prior.
Dustin Davis's curator insight, April 22, 2014 9:45 AM

A new public policy program has been implemented at USM and there  are budget cuts being made to it.