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Never mind, data is good, data is great. It can’t hurt to give the tests, right? Oh, but it can, it really can.

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It is time to acknowledge that the fashionable theory of school reform -- requiring that pay and job security for teachers, principals and administrators depend on their students' standardized test scores -- is at best a well-intentioned mistake, and at worst nothing but a racket.

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Fashion, tips for surviving a police encounter, and why we might all be better off when the American empire crumbles are among the subjects the late CounterPunch editor Alexander Cockburn rapped about in a conversation in the Deep South sometime during the summer of 2006.

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Researchers at the ACLU recently uncovered an FBI program that uses census data to draw maps that link racial and ethnic communities to certain types of crimes. The investigations, known under the names of "assessments" and "domain management," appear to have been going on for several years. (more)

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October wasn't a good month for sales of single-family homes in the U.S. -- in fact, it was pretty dismal -- and you know it's bad when number-crunching economist types say there's nothing good to say about not only the current moment but the foreseeable future as well.

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