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  • When a Wildlife Rehab Center Regulates Charter Schools: Inside the Wild World of Charter Regulation
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    by Marian Wang
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    Nestled in the woods of central Minnesota, near a large lake, is a nature sanctuary called the Audubon Center of the North Woods. The nonprofit rehabilitates birds. It hosts retreats and conferences. It’s home to a North American porcupine named Spike as well as several birds of prey, frogs, and snakes used to educate the center’s visitors.
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    It’s also Minnesota’s largest regulator of charter schools, overseeing 32 of them.
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    Charter schools are taxpayer-funded, privately run schools freed from many of the rules that apply to traditional public schools. What’s less widely understood is that there are few hard-and-fast rules for how the regulators charged with overseeing charter schools are supposed to do the job. Many are making it up as they go along.

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  • FRANCE: Two wind turbines on Paris Eiffel Tower

    FRANCE: Two wind turbines on Paris Eiffel Tower 0 Two wind turbines were installed on the second level of the Eiffel Tower at a height of 127 metres, the Paris monument’s operating company SETE announced on Thursday. Two wind turbines were installed on the Eiffel Tower in Paris on 26 February 2015. Commons Wikimedia Standard [...]

  • FRANCE – SYRIA: Hollande condemns French MPs’ visit to Syria

    FRANCE – SYRIA: Hollande condemns French MPs’ visit to Syria 0 President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls strongly criticized on Thursday the visit of four French MPs to Syria. Three of them spoke with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was called a “dictator” and a “butcher” by the government. President François Hollande (L) and [...]

  • FRANCE: France releases Al-Jazeera journalists arrested over drones in Paris

    FRANCE: France releases Al-Jazeera journalists arrested over drones in Paris 0 Three Al-Jazeera journalists who were arrested Wednesday for flying a drone over Paris have been released, a judicial source announced on Thursday.   Drones were spotted flying over Paris for two nights running on 24 and 25 February. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes Standard Source: Source

  • FRANCE – CHAD – CAMEROON – NIGER: French foreign minister touring African countries affected by Boko Haram

    FRANCE – CHAD – CAMEROON – NIGER: French foreign minister touring African countries affected by Boko Haram 0 French foreign minister Laurent Fabius visited Chad on Saturday before travelling to Cameroon and Niger in a show of solidarity with the three French-speaking countries increasingly affected by Boko Haram attacks. Chadian soldiers participate in the opening [...]

  • FRANCE: A Parisian Valentine: cut off the love locks

    FRANCE: A Parisian Valentine: cut off the love locks 0 The ongoing campaign to remove the locks placed by tourists on the bridges of Paris takes Valentine’s day as a good opportunity for lock cutting. Heavy “love locks” weigh down Paris’ Pont des Arts Wikimedia commons / Disdero Standard Source: Source

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