The end of a teaching career comes quickly and without much fanfare in Trenton. Seventy six times last year the state Board of Examiners revoked a teacher's license with a quick, usually-unanimous vote before a mostly-empty audience in a small conference room next to the Delaware River in Trenton. The votes essentially said the teachers had done something so heinous, so unforgivable, they were banned from ever working in a New Jersey public school again. In most cases, the votes came after the board spent months of reviewing documents and debating behind closed doors. In rare cases, the teachers came to Trenton to appear before the board to make a final, often tearful, plea to keep their livelihood. Look up the teachers who lost licenses in your town Who lost their licenses? Last year, New Jersey yanked the teaching licenses of 76 teachers and school officials for a wide variety of misconduct, sexual abuse, crimes and other allegations inside and outside … [Read more...] about N.J. is yanking more and more teachers’ licenses. Here’s why.
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SIREN – lead story of POLITICO print edition, “Secret talks under way on fiscal cliff,” by Manu Raju, with Jake Sherman: “A dozen senators … have begun to organize closed-door briefings with leading economic experts to prod Congress into action. Some lawmakers … are quietly pushing to have a major tax and budget package ready by September so a bill can be introduced immediately after the November elections and passed by Christmas. … ‘There’s a genuine concern that a downturn in Europe or another place will force our hand: It’s far better for us to start working on this earlier rather than later,’ Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told POLITICO. ‘If we can present something immediately after the election that is a good solid starting point, I think it’s going to restore confidence in the business community.’ … “The uptick in back-channel talks reflects a growing recognition that the … [Read more...] about SENATORS PLAN SECRET SUMMER TALKS TO PRE-COOK FISCAL-CLIFF PACKAGE FOR LAME DUCK — Apps don’t just copy contacts: They also can get your calendar — John Harris talks to Clintonworld about walk-backs
THE ONLY PARAGRAPH YOU NEED TO READ TODAY: One of Washington’s top parlor games is whether President Obama “wants the accomplishment” or “wants the issue” on immigration: Does he really want to sign a bill? Or does he think that if Republicans are denied the cover that an ambitious immigration package would provide with Hispanics, the GOP could become a minority party for the foreseeable future? This is one of the few Washington mysteries that has an unambiguously correct answer: Top Dems tell us that if President Obama is going to have a big legacy accomplishment this term, it has to be immigration. There’s not going to be a fiscal grand bargain. There are no signs a comprehensive gun-control package is feasible. So the president wants immigration to pass, and is making this an historic test of whether his campaign machinery can translate to governing. Although it’s hard to see how immigration gets through a House full of members from … [Read more...] about Bill Gates urges polio eradication by 2018 — McCain, Schumer headline Playbook Breakfast: 8 a.m. livestream — HRC says she’s ‘healthy enough’ to run in 2016, but has no plans
CHOOSE YOUR NEWS: WashPost 2-col. lead, “Economy escaping government’s drag: HIRING REFLECTS RENEWED OPTIMISM” http://goo.gl/ZTEOsb … N.Y. Times Business front, “Jobless Rate: Why a Drop Is Bad News.” http://goo.gl/JbGlE2 PEARL HARBOR DAY – “AP WAS THERE: Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor”: “On Dec. 7, 1941, Eugene Burns, AP's chief of bureau in Honolulu, couldn't get out the urgent news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which drew the U.S. into World War II, because the military had already taken control of all communication lines. In Washington, AP editor William Peacock and staff got word of the attack from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's press secretary. In the language and style used by journalists of his era, including the use of a disparaging word to describe the Japanese that was in common use, Peacock dictated … Seventy-two years after their original publication, the AP is making the dispatches available … [Read more...] about PHIL SCHILIRO RETURNS TO WHITE HOUSE for few months to keep health policy on track, thwart repeal — TEDDY GOFF, EZRA KLEIN make TIME’s ’30 under 30′ — PETER WATKINS holiday-tie trunk show
Driving the Day Good Saturday morning! The new concern inside the highest levels of Republican politics is that Hillary Clinton will raise $1 billion for Democrats and the party will train some of their efforts -- and that money -- on defeating House and Senate Republicans. Party leaders privately concede that the Senate could be lost either way. But senior House Republicans say they’re in good shape across the country, and see no evidence that the control of the chamber is in play. But if Democrats turn on the “spigot,” as one top Republican told us, and focus their money on Congress, the GOP is in trouble. House Republicans are already expected to lose between 10 and 25 seats, depending on the environment. To be fair, Trump had a solid fundraising month last month, and Republicans are eager to see whether he keeps pace. And they’re also eager to see if he will stick on message, develop a more robust ground game, keep his focus on Hillary Clinton and wage the … [Read more...] about BRUNCH EDITION — THE NEW CONCERN on the Hill — MANAFORT tick tocks — GOP preps ‘break glass’ emergency plan — CLINTONS on Martha’s Vineyard — WEEKEND READS and LISTENS