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Subject: June 11: California teacher tenure, seniority system struck down
Date: Wed Jun 11 14:31:27 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  June 11, 2014

Calif. teacher tenure, seniority system struck down
The Los Angeles Times
The tenure and seniority system that has long protected California public school teachers, even ineffective ones, was struck down Tuesday in a court decision that could change hiring and firing policies nationwide.
NCSL research on evaluating teachers

Commuter economics: 7% of Oregon workers live out of state
The Oregonian
People who work in Oregon but live elsewhere end up boosting state tax coffers, but apparently weigh on per-capita earnings.

Lawmakers defer to voters on tax, budget issues
Many legislatures have sent contentious issues to the voters this year. Nationwide, lawmakers in 36 states have put at least 86 measures on the November ballot, according to Ballotpedia, a non-profit organization that tracks ballot measures initiated by lawmakers as well as citizens. NCSL data cited.

Marijuana tax collections booming in Colorado
Associated Press
Tax collections released Monday showed that Colorado sold about $22 million worth of recreational pot in April. That's an increase of about 17 percent from March and an increase of about 58 percent from January, the first month of retail sales.

Kentucky revenues to fall short for budget year
Louisville Courier-Journal
Kentucky tax receipts plunged in May, and the Beshear administration is suddenly confronting a revenue shortfall with just 20 days left in the 2013-14 fiscal year. NCSL data cited.
NCSL's spring budget update.

Brat stuns House majority leader Cantor
Richmond Times Dispatch
Dave Brat, an economics professor from Henrico County, stunned House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary Tuesday night, a shocking defeat for the veteran congressman who appeared next in line to become speaker of the House.
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