Teacher Seniority Headlines GOP's State Education Plans

A retired English teacher will help set Republicans' agenda for making changes to the state's schools. Rep. Sondra Erickson, a Princeton Republican who retired from teaching in 2000, said school districts have been dizzied by new rules and policies after three elections that shifted control of state government...

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to a question during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Putin: West is Trying to 'Defang' the Russian Bear

    Vowing never to let the West defang his proud nation, President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover...

  • Gov. Scott Walker speaks to reporters in Madison, Wis. on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Gov. Scott Walker Touts Property Tax Cut around State

    Gov. Scott Walker says he remains committed to cutting property taxes despite a looming $2.2 billion state budget shortfall. Walker traveled the state on Wednesday to tout a drop in property taxes that many homeowners will see on bills mailed this month...

  • An American classic car passes next to the building of the US Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. US, Cuba Patch Torn Relations in Historic Accord

    After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations...

  • 113th Congress Ends with more Fights than Feats

    The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. "Thank God it's over," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said as he left the Capitol late Tuesday...

  • Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan Minnesota's Nolan Praises Cuba Policy, Plans Trip

    A Minnesota congressman who has long advocated for changes to the United States' Cuba policy says a decision to normalize relations with the island country is a "monumental step" in the right direction...

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