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Super Tuesday Education Pork

Boston.com reports on Super Tuesday pork, listing just a few of the projects being sought for states where primaries are happening today. Included are national “imperatives” such as: ï Alaska: $487,000 to the Galena City School District for a boarding school for low performing native students from remote villages across Western Alaska. ï Arkansas: $679,150 to the Criminal Justice Institute of Little Rock for a law enforcement education and training program. ï Delaware: $390,000 to the Delaware Education Department for the Starting Stronger Early Learning initiative. ï Idaho: $292,000 to the Lee Pesky Learning Center in Boise to provide educational materials for literacy programs. ï Massachusetts: $235,000 for a weather buoy for Nantucket Sound. ï New Jersey: $624,000 to Rutgers University Law School in Camden for student scholarships and loan repayment, internships and public interest programming (because New Jersey doesn’t tax its citizens enough!). ï New York: $243,000 to the Onondaga County Public Library in Syracuse for technology upgrades. ï Tennessee: $4,875,000 to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for the Baker Center for Public Policy. Via Center for Education Reform

Lisa Snell is the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.

Snell has frequently testified before the California State Legislature and numerous other state legislatures and government agencies. She has authored policy studies on school finance and weighted student funding, universal preschool, school violence, charter schools, and child advocacy centers.

Snell is a frequent contributor to Reason magazine, School Reform News and Privatization Watch. Her writing has also appeared in Education Week, Edutopia, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.

Ms. Snell is also an advisory board member to the National Quality Improvement Center for the Children's Bureau; is on the charter school accreditation team for the American Academy for Liberal Education; and serves as a board member for the California Virtual Academy.

Before joining Reason Foundation, Snell taught public speaking and argumentation courses at California State University, Fullerton. She earned a Master of Arts in communication from California State University, Fullerton.