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  • Silicon Valley Panic: China Demands NSA-Like Access and Control (ChiCom Patriot Act on Steroids)

    02/28/2015 11:26:26 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    SputnikNews.com ^ | 02/28/2015
    Silicon Valley is in a panic following an announcement that China is considering sweeping counterterrorism legislation. The law would require tech companies to provide the Chinese government with NSA-like access to private data, terms the industry may be forced to accept if they want to do business in the world’s most populated country. The Edward Snowden revelations about the American spying apparatus have numerous impacts. One of the latest is a decision by the Chinese government to terminate contracts with a number of major US-based technology brands. This could stem from news that the NSA installed spyware into the products of major US technology companies, thus using these brands...
  • Melinda Gates’ claim to not fund abortion is ‘outright deception’: pro-life group

    06/13/2014 6:22:51 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri Jun 13, 2014 19:54 EST | by Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- The claim by Melinda Gates, a Catholic, that the multi-billion dollar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does not fund abortion is "an outright deception," says Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International. Gates has made headlines in recent days after she wrote June 2 that the foundation "has decided not to fund abortion."
  • Bill Gates Reveals Family Goes to Catholic Church: 'It Makes Sense to Believe in God'

    03/17/2014 6:02:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 3/14/17 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, revealed in a recent interview that his family goes to a Catholic church and that religious morality inspires a lot of his charity work. He also shared his personal thoughts on God and the biggest issues facing the world today. "The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's...
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Does Not Fund Abortion, Melinda Reveals

    06/08/2014 1:16:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/08/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Philanthropist Melinda Gates revealed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the most charitable private foundations in the world, does not fund abortion. "I understand why there is so much emotion, but conflating these issues will slow down progress for tens of millions of women. That is why when I get asked about my views on abortion, I say that, like everyone, I struggle with the issue, but I've decided not to engage on it publicly – and the Gates Foundation has decided not to fund abortion," Gates wrote earlier this week, reflecting on a recent overseas trip....
  • Watch Bill Gates Test A New Machine That Turns Poop Into Clean Water

    01/06/2015 1:51:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/06/2015 | Rob Price
    YouTube/thegatesnotesBill Gates has taken to his blog to discuss the latest project from the philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: a machine that transforms human waste into clean water and electricity. According to Gates, at least 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to adequate sanitation, with human waste often polluting the water supply and remaining untreated.The "Omniprocessor" aims to help with this problem. Its development is led by Seattle-based engineering firm Janicki Bioenergy.The machine extracts water from sewage that's piped in or delivered to the facility. The dry sewage is then incinerated to generate steam, which powers the entire...
  • Bill Gates: From stinky poop to fresh water – Omni Processor

    01/08/2015 9:29:26 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 61 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 7, 2015 | By Joseph Lamy
    Bill Gates and friends have developed a simple system to convert human feces into electricity, fresh water and pathogen-free ash – and no stink! In a quest to find a way to end the tragic death of more than 700,000 children annually from drinking bad water, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sponsored a variety of waste treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Janicki Bioenergy develops and manufactures a variety of sizes of this system. It uses the combustible biomass (roughly 20% of the feces) to heat mass quantities to ~2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The super-heated steam from...
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Fund Gun Control Initiative, While Living With Armed Guards…

    11/03/2014 12:08:55 PM PST · by Robwin · 31 replies
    Dc Gazette ^ | 08/26/14 | Dc Gazette
    <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand gun control measures in Washington state, bringing their coffers up to nearly $6 million dollars.</p> <p>The large donation comes on the heels of fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $500,000 donation earlier this month. Also last week, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donated an additional $1 million, bring his total donation to the campaign to nearly $1.4 million.</p>
  • The NRA P***ed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

    09/16/2014 1:38:15 PM PDT · by RC one · 65 replies
    It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Melinda, have given $1 million to Initiative 594 in Washington state. The ballot initiative, if passed by voters on November 4 (and it currently enjoys overwhelming support), will require universal background checks for all firearm purchases in the state.
  • Bill Gates Is Going Up Against The NRA

    08/27/2014 7:42:12 AM PDT · by blam · 46 replies
    BI - VentureBeat ^ | 8-27-2014 | Gregory Ferenstein
    Gregory Ferenstein, VentureBeat August 27, 2014Bill Gates is opening up his considerable piggy bank in Silicon Valley’s fight against the National Rifle Association. The Microsoft billionaire donated $1 million to Initiative 594, which will require criminal background checks for firearm sales. Gates joins a long line of high-profile activists in the fighting the powerful gun lobby. Michael Bloomberg’s plans post mayoral duties include large campaigns for gun control. Noted Facebook investor Ron Conway has made gun reform his signature political cause, championing hackathons to prevent gun violence and spearheading a venture project for innovative anti-violence technology. For Gates, this may...
  • Bill Gates, wife donate $1 million to gun control group

    08/26/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    ap ^ | August 25, 2014
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million. ... The large donation comes on the heels of fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $500,000 donation earlier this month. Also last week, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donated an additional $1 million, bring his total donation to the campaign to nearly $1.4 million.
  • Gates and Pearson Partner to Reap Tens of Millions from Common Core (a re-post)

    02/28/2015 11:07:18 AM PST · by yoe · 4 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | November 25, 2014 | Nancy Thorner November 25, 2014
    Follow the money. It all ends up in the hands of a very few. Pearson Foundation is getting the contracts because of its partnership with the Bill Gates Foundation. Greed, secrecy, deceptions, and lies …. and to think Democrats accuse Republicans of the very things, while Democrats are the ones using government to get richer. The deceptions run very deep. It’s time for exposure.(The saga begins...) on one summer day in 2008, when Gene Wilhoit, director of a national group of state school chiefs, and David Coleman (known as the architect of Common Core), knowing they needed tens of millions...
  • Cruz Tells Anti-Tax Group 'No' to Common Core in Schools

    02/28/2015 10:07:56 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    WCTV ^ | Sat 12:32 PM, Feb 28, 2015
    <p>PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is telling an influential anti-tax group that he opposes Common Core education standards, putting him at odds with fellow presidential prospect Jeb Bush a day after Bush endorsed the standards to the same audience.</p>
  • School Prepares to Terminate Teacher for Facebook Post Opposing Common Core Curriculum

    02/27/2015 8:56:56 PM PST · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    joe miller ^ | february 27, 2015
    Debora Vailes re-posted on her personal Facebook page a photograph of a little girl crying because of the shortcomings of Common Core. Later that day, her school principal, Dr. Dana Nolan, after discovering the post, gave Deborah Vailes her first written reprimand and ordered her to refrain from expressing any opinion about public education on social media and to remove her anti-Common Core post from the social media site – ASAP. (The school district refers to written reprimands as a “documented conferences.”) Dr. Nolan further informed Deborah that she could not to discuss her opinion in public – on any...
  • Common Core: Against Gifted Students

    02/27/2015 12:17:24 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 26, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Now, after lauding Common Core’s benefits, Common Core supporters are scrambling to justify the oft-maligned education standards. At the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, UConn education professor Jonathan Plucker criticized school districts for using the standards in order to cut funding for gifted and advanced student education. In his research, he noted, “We found plenty of evidence that many districts are using the implementation of the Common Core to cut services for advanced students,” and cited “four to five press releases” and articles to support this claim. But, instead of blaming Common Core, Plucker blamed its supporters. He said, “The justification...
  • Bush in the conservative hot seat

    02/27/2015 5:08:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Jonathan Easley 216 84
    Jeb Bush’s likely presidential candidacy will face its first major test on Friday when he addresses a rowdy group of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It’s a critical moment for the former Florida governor as he looks to convince conservatives that he appeals to more than just the GOP establishment. Jeb Bush’s likely presidential candidacy will face its first major test on Friday when he addresses a rowdy group of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It’s a critical moment for the former Florida governor as he looks to convince conservatives that he appeals to...
  • Judge Takes a Swipe at Common Core

    02/26/2015 11:39:05 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 25 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Ahead of the controversial Common Core exams being administered across the country, a judge ruled Tuesday that the state of Missouri’s membership with a testing company aligned with the Common Core State Standards is illegal, the Associated Press reported. Missouri conducts its Common Core math and English exams in grades three through eight under by the Smarter Balanced Consortium of 16 states, out of more than 40, who have adopted the standards. Cole County, Missouri Circuit Judge Daniel Green said the state’s membership with the testing company is “illegal interstate compact not authorized by the U.S. Congress.” snip Two private...
  • Five People Wrote 'State-Led' Common Core

    02/26/2015 9:32:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Heartland.org ^ | June 7, 2013 | Joy Pullmann
    Many education leaders continue to insist the process for creating national education standards was “state-led,” referring to its incubation within two Washington DC-based nonprofits, the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers. That seems to depend on how one defines “state-led.” Former Virginia Gov. George Allen told School Reform News NGA is less a policy forum and more a networking opportunity, because any resolutions governors vote on are “not binding” and governors often disagree. He attended NGA meetings particularly so he could recruit IBM into Virginia. “I find regional governors associations were much more practical,” he said....
  • The Mess Called Common Core

    02/26/2015 8:12:08 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Restoring Liberty - Joe Miller ^ | 02/26/2015 | Carol Carman
    I was skeptical at first. As a 25-year retired educator I understand how things work on the inside and saw flaws in peoples’ arguments against it – or so I thought. I attended a Common Core Unveiled meeting that gave me evidence of a problem that far surpassed my skepticism, so I began to investigate further. There are several components to Common Core, and they all raise alarm.First is the standards themselves. Have you ever heard of the ‘dumbing-down’ of America? I have figured one part of how they are accomplishing that. We were sold a philosophy with Everyday Math...
  • Indiana elementary students write letters parroting anti-Pence union rhetoric

    02/24/2015 6:40:21 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 15 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 2/24/15 | Steve Gunn
    NEW CASTLE, Ind. – Should teachers be allowed to use students as props for their personal political causes? It happens all the time in school districts around the nation, particularly at the secondary level. Local teacher unions will protest the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement with a school board, and the next thing you know, high school and middle school kids are walking out of class in support of the teachers. Who do you suppose gets the students all riled up? But now some teachers are apparently willing to involve elementary-aged children in their labor wars. Or at...
  • Does Scott Walker Have a Common Core Problem?

    02/25/2015 12:43:58 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | February 25, 2015 2:15 PM | IAN TUTTLE
    He was for it before he was against it, but conservative primary voters have reasons for supporting him nonetheless. Amid its recommendations for improving Badger State students’ literacy, Wisconsin’s Read to Lead Task Force noted in January 2012 that the state had already taken strong initial steps to encourage improvement in reading: In response to the need to improve state standards and create a common set of expectations for children across the country, Wisconsin was among the first of 48 states and territories to adopt the Common Core State Standards, a set of rigorous new standards that are benchmarked...
  • How our schools are miserably failing our boys

    02/25/2015 5:00:08 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    The New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | February 23, 2015 | JENNIFER L.W. FINK
    Re-entry after winter break has not been easy for him. The rules and restrictions of school — Sit Still. Be Quiet. Do What You Are Told, Nothing More, Nothing Less. — have been grating on him, and it shows. His teacher recently emailed me; she’d noticed a change in his behavior (more belligerent, less likely to cooperate) and wanted to know if there was anything going on at home. My guess, I said, was that he was upset about having to be back in school after break. I was right. The lack of movement and rigid restrictions associated with modern...
  • CPAC: For Conservatives, It’s Burning Man Meets the Super Bowl

    02/24/2015 6:13:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matthew Cooper
    It’s an industry trade show like Comic-Con, but also a feel-good festival à la Burning Man. It’s got Super Bowlesque hoopla, and for activists on the right, the annual meeting is the get-together in Washington. Thousands of conservatives will gather Wednesday for the weeklong Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and others will try to woo their base in the lead-up to 2016. The event, long held at Washington’s Omni Shoreham Hotel, was moved by organizers to the recently built Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland—a Democratic stronghold,...
  • Ted Cruz Comes to Florida to Attack Jeb Bush on Common Core

    02/22/2015 6:48:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | February 22, 2015 | Jeff Henderson
    Ted Cruz came to Jacksonville Friday night and called out Jeb Bush on Common Core. More so than most of the other Republicans testing the waters for 2016, Cruz has taken shots at Bush over Common Core. But this time Cruz fired away at Bush in his own backyard. Cruz said he and Bush had “significant policy disagreements” on Common Core and would not weigh in if the former Florida governor was a conservative, saying that was something voters had to decide for themselves. Of course, Cruz also touched on other topics -- repeal Obamacare, get rid of the IRS...
  • ELIMINATING COMMON CORE AND THE FEDERAL ROLE IN EDUCATION

    02/21/2015 5:28:22 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | SEN. CHRIS MCDANIEL (R-MS 42
    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson pushed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through Congress, a $1 billion program to help poor students and less fortunate school districts. When he signed the bill into law on April 11, 1965, LBJ stated that he believed that “no law I have signed or will ever sign means more to the future of America.” If he meant a bleaker future, his prediction has certainly come true. Even before the days of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the federal government had been worming its way into the education systems of the individual states. In...
  • Could Common Core cause a Republican civil war in 2016?

    02/21/2015 3:03:09 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    CBS ^ | February 20, 2015, 6:12 AM | JAKE MILLER
    Common Core education standards are riling the conservative base, and as the 2016 Republican presidential field takes shape, the standards -- seen by right wing activists as a federal overreach and a threat to parental rights -- are poised to play a big role in the GOP nominating process. That's doubly true in Iowa, where the kinds of Republican voters most vehemently opposed to Common Core -- evangelical Christians, home-schooling advocates, states-rights conservatives -- exert considerable influence over the state's first-in-the-nation presidential caucus."Voters are very closely viewing it as a litmus test," Tamara Scott, a policy adviser and lobbyist with...
  • The Past, Present and Future of Common Core

    02/19/2015 1:33:10 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-19-15 | Lindsay Russell
    Education policy is taking top priority in state legislatures across the nation. Education funding formulas, opportunity scholarships, educational savings accounts and charter school reforms are just a few of the policy issues being discussed and debated. However, while all of these policy issues are imperative to the advancement of educational freedom, the Common Core State Standard Initiative (CCSSI) is quickly becoming the top concern for state legislators. The first installment, seen in the video above, was presented by Mike Petrilli from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Neal McCluskey from the Cato Institute and moderated by Jonathan Butcher from the Goldwater...
  • Jeb Bush Named In Lawsuit, “Final Order Of Foreclosure”

    02/16/2015 5:01:06 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 26 replies
    shark tank ^ | February 12, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is hands down the conservative frontrunner in the 2016 Republican presidential primary race, has quickly jumped out in front of all of the other potential Republican presidential candidates in fundraising and grassroots outreach. But before Bush can claim the 2016 GOP nomination for president, Jeb first needs to try to win over the Republican conservative base. Grassroots conservatives do not want Bush as the GOP nominee for president because they feel that he is too soft on immigration reform, as well as being the most outspoken supporter and promoter of national education standards, better...
  • Mainstream Press Anoint Jeb Bush ‘Frontrunner’ Despite Lackluster Poll Numbers

    02/14/2015 6:14:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/13/15 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush may find out that Wall Street money will not buy him the love of GOP primary voters like it does mainstream media elites who are rushing to cast him as the 2016 frontrunner. As soon as Mitt Romney announced that he would not make a third White House run, the mainstream press immediately anointed Bush as the clear Republican 2016 frontrunner. They made their pronouncements even though Bush had not yet proven with his speeches that he can be a successful candidate in the digital age and neither had the best ground game nor the...
  • Douglas lashes out after Ducey overturns firings (Common Core in Arizona)

    02/13/2015 10:48:59 AM PST · by ponygirl · 16 replies
    Arizona Capitol Times ^ | 12 Feb 2015 | Jeremy Duda
    State schools Superintendent Diane Douglas lashed out at Gov. Doug Ducey after he overturned her attempted firing of two state Board of Education employees, accusing him of infringing on her statutory and constitutional duties and of surrounding himself with a cabal of Common Core supporters.Douglas asserted that she has the right to hire or fire Board of Education employees. She noted that a law says the Board of Education can hire staff “on the recommendation” of the superintendent of public instruction. “Governor Ducey apparently views himself as both governor and superintendent of Schools,” Douglas said in a press statement.On Wednesday,...
  • Chris McDaniel, Conservatives Expose GOP Establishment’s Common Core Support

    02/12/2015 11:56:25 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/12/15 | Matthew Boyle
    The Republican establishment in Mississippi must wish state Sen. Chris McDaniel was in Washington. Instead, he’s a conservative force in Jackson, and just helped lead the attack against some misleading legislation about Common Core. The political establishment in Mississippi put forward a piece of legislation through former Senate Education Committee chairman state Sen. Videt Carmichael—a close ally of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s—that purported to kill Common Core in Mississippi. “Basically, Common Core is gone if you pass this,” Carmichael said about his bill—according to the Jackson Clarion Ledger—while it was being considered in his old Education Committee, now chaired...
  • Jeb Bush nearly chokes trying to avoid saying “common core”

    02/11/2015 2:49:54 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 19 replies
    Former governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush hosted an Education Summit in Tallahassee, FL Tuesday, where he struggled desperately to avoid uttering the word “common” and “core”. (SNIP) Bush: As long as they’re state-driven, and they’re high, and they’re assessed faithfully, is what is the cor– the hallmark– [chokes] excuse me, hallmark of a reform agenda.
  • Dad Saw Text on Son’s Phone Reminding Him to Complete Islam Assignment. Then He Opened

    02/10/2015 2:53:19 PM PST · by lowbridge · 70 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | february 10, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    A father in Seminole County, Florida, is raising concerns after he discovered a lesson on Islam in his son’s 10th-grade history textbook, a book that is also used by school districts across the state. In an interview with WFTV, the father, Ron Wagner, read from his son’s history book: “There is no god, but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.” Wagner also claimed that students were told to “recite this prayer as the first Pillar of Islam, off of the board at the teacher’s instruction.” Wager said he’s not a religious man, but making such a heavily religious lesson “mandatory...
  • Jindal unveils national plan to repeal Common Core

    02/10/2015 5:04:36 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/10/15 | Blake Neff
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has unveiled a 42-page proposal to reform American education at the national level, one of the clearest signs yet that he is laying the groundwork to jump into the 2016 presidential primary. At the heart of his proposal is a total repudiation of Common Core, as well as a general rollback of federal authority, increased school choice options for parents and greater administrative freedom for educators. Jindal revealed his plan at a breakfast Monday morning hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. The actual proposal takes the form of a policy paper released through America Next, Jindal’s...
  • Public School Forces Students to Make Islamic Prayer Rug, Recite Islamic Prayers (FL)

    02/10/2015 5:03:58 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 14 replies
    tpnn.com ^ | February 9, 2015 | Matthew Burke
    When the dupes and useful idiots were told by Obama that he would “fundamentally transform” America, they applauded like seals with no interest whatsoever what he meant by the term. Every time the man who was referred to as “The One,” by Democrats, said the word “change,” the progressive sycophants in the audience would go into fainting spells, slobbering all over themselves. With each passing day, we’re learning just what “fundamental transformation” meant. Ron Wagner, who said he admittedly doesn’t normally pay as much attention to his son’s school assignments as he should, just happened to read from his son’s...
  • Jeb Bush holding a "Florida Education Summit" TODAY

    02/10/2015 5:26:01 AM PST · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Feb 10, 2015 | Ray76
    Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future promotes Common Core and is hosting an education conference TODAY. Keeping the Promise: A Florida Education Summit is convening top Florida policymakers and education stakeholders for a conversation about accountability and choice, two of the most important factors for unlocking student potential. Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EST) The Alumni Center at Florida State University 1030 West Tennessee Street Tallahassee, Florida http://www.eventbrite.com/e/keeping-the-promise-a-florida-education-summit-registration-15357014243
  • Feds look to control kids 'womb to workforce'

    02/10/2015 5:14:09 AM PST · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    WND ^ | Feb 9, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Conservatives have been fighting Common Core national education standards for two years at the state level, but a massive bill steamrolling through Congress has the potential to cement some of the most despised elements of Common Core into federal law. The re-authorization and rewriting of No Child Left Behind – also known as ESEA, or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 – has been placed on a fast track in the House and Senate. The remaking of No Child Left Behind will chart the course of the federal role in education for years to come. Sen. Lamar Alexander,...
  • Keeping the Promise: A Florida Education Summit

    02/09/2015 10:02:28 AM PST · by Ray76 · 1 replies
    Keeping the Promise: A Florida Education Summit is convening top Florida policymakers and education stakeholders for a conversation about accountability and choice, two of the most important factors for unlocking student potential. Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EST) The Alumni Center at Florida State University 1030 West Tennessee Street Tallahassee, Florida
  • Hitting Jeb Bush on Immigration and Common Core, Ted Cruz Casts an Eye on Florida

    02/09/2015 9:44:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, looks increasingly like he will enter the 2016 presidential contest, even as he gets ready to hit Florida, home state of two other likely Republican candidates: former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Cruz appeared on ABC News‘ “This Week" on Sunday and said he was looking at running in 2016 and stressed his disagreement with Bush on immigration, even as he offered him some kind words. “Jeb Bush is a good man,” Cruz said. “He's a good governor. I respect him “If he chooses to run, it certainly looks like...
  • News Alert: Edzilla now trampling a city near you

    02/07/2015 5:18:56 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies
    http://religion.rantrave.com ^ | Jan. 5, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Terrified witnesses babble confused stories. Many claim that Edzilla has stupid, bloodshot eyes. He seems shortsighted, barely able to focus on anything beyond his own ravenous appetite for demolition. Sometimes he sways in one spot like a heroin addict waiting for a fix. Sometimes he lurches like a drunk, and marches through a structure as if he never noticed it. A dark ray shoots from Edzilla's forehead, rendering logic impossible. His breath is an electromagnetic pulse that makes the stupidest sophistry seems to be one of life's obvious truths. He hates coherent thinking and will screech until he overwhelms it...
  • Bobby Jindal on Common Core: Trust Moms, Not Bureaucrats

    02/07/2015 7:54:55 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    CP ^ | February 6, 2015 | Samuel Smith
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is continuing to voice his growing outrage over the Common Core state education standards, which the federal government played an influential role in encouraging most states to adopt. Speaking at a Thursday luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. hosted by the American Principles Project, a conservative organization rallying opposition to Common Core, Jindal argued that the Common Core standards stand against American values and causes local communities to lose...
  • Jeb Bush: We will lose our liberties if we control the border(Do we want a nut case for POTUS?)

    02/05/2015 7:10:54 AM PST · by bestintxas · 71 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/5/15 | p gonzalez
    Jeb Bush made a series of astonishing remarks about immigration Wednesday. Actually, his comments were not so much about immigration as they were about illegal aliens. First he said he wanted to repopulate Detroit with illegal aliens. It just seems to me that maybe if you open up our doors in a fair way and unleashed the spirit of peoples' hard work, Detroit could become in really short order, one of the great American cities again," Bush said then. "Now it would look different, it wouldn't be Polish...But it would be just as powerful, just as exciting, just as dynamic....
  • Vote aims to reduce student testing ( Colorado - Common Core )

    02/05/2015 8:20:27 AM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    Daily Sentinel ^ | February 4, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    State Board of Education members voted 5-2 Friday to support a bill that would break Colorado’s ties with Common Core and shrink testing requirements if passed. Board Chair Marcia Neal of Grand Junction voted with fellow Republican board members Steve Durham, Pam Mazanec and Debora Scheffel, and Democrat Val Flores, to pass a resolution in support of House Bill 1125. Democrats Angelika Schroeder and Jane Goff voted against the resolution. House Bill 1125 proposes repealing existing state law that binds Colorado to a consortium of states that test students using Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)...
  • Questioning Common Core Questions

    02/05/2015 6:37:22 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 4, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has nine question for Common Core opponents, which I would like to answer with eight questions of my own. First, Mr. Petrilli: 1. Do you mean that you oppose the Common Core standards themselves? All of them? Even the ones related to addition and subtraction? Phonics? Studying the nation’s founding documents? Or just some of them? Which ones, in particular, do you oppose? Have you actually read the standards? 2. Or do you mean that you oppose the role that the federal government played in coercing states to adopt the Common Core?...
  • THE FDLE POLITICAL WEAPON

    02/04/2015 5:18:38 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 5 replies
    JasonHoyt ^ | 2/4/2015 | Jason Hoyt
    THE FDLE POLITICAL WEAPON The accusations of using the FDLE as a political weapon against opponents of the Governor Scott administration may not be limited to the incident involving interim Orange County Clerk of Courts Colleen Reilly. It appears another case involving retaliation, document suppression, conspiracy and unlawful imprisonment of a Grand Jury Foreman Whistleblower may have occurred as local and state officials, including Governor Rick Scott, were accused of bribery for the implementation of Common Core just before Gov. Scott’s re-election in November. Introduction Corruption in our state, county, and local governments goes very deep and wide. According to...
  • Bill Bennett on Common Core: “More Cow Bell”

    02/04/2015 10:35:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/04/15 | Rob Cunningham
    No amount of false bravado, professorial sounding outrage or political denials can erase the truth about Common Core Dr. William J. (Bill) Bennett, former Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan from 1986 to 1988, advocates for Common Core in a CNN op-ed published on Dec. 2, 2014, and as recently as Feb. 1, 2015, in a televised debate with Texas Governor Greg Abbott. In his CNN op-ed, Dr. Bennett concludes that because America “offers no better alternative”, we should accept Common Core. His argument dovetails closely with establishment Republican and Democrat ideology; one imbedded with flawed logic, compounded falsehoods...
  • California bill would raise smoking age to 21

    02/03/2015 12:41:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    <p>A California Democrat has proposed a bill that would raise the state’s minimum smoking age from 18 to 21 in an effort to keep cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers.</p> <p>State Sen. Ed Hernandez introduced Senate Bill 151, which would make California the first state in the country to raise the minimum smoking age to 21. Similar proposals have previously failed in New Jersey, Utah, Colorado and Maryland.</p>
  • Common Core On Ropes

    02/03/2015 6:43:12 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 35 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Common Core education standards are not advancing as supporters of them had hoped and the Obama Administration that promoted them bears much of the blame, according to a journal of the education establishment. “Common Core has an image problem,” Kathleen Vail writes in the American School Board Journal. “The set of academic standards in math and language arts were embraced by 43 states and the District of Columbia in record time. States and individual school districts have been spending time, e¬ffort, and money to implement the standards.” “As those efforts go on, states have begun to pull out of...
  • COMMON CORE: STATE LONGITUDINAL DATABASE SYSTEM-SLDS comprehensive database compiled ON EACH CHILD.

    WHAT IS SLDS? The STATE LONGITUDINAL DATABASE SYSTEM, is a comprehensive database compiled ON EACH CHILD. This data is not aggregate data, it is linked specifically to the child. DATA that is collected will FOLLOW THE CHILD through to their adult years and BEYOND. In fact, that is the PURPOSE of the SLDS, to provide a database that “grows” along with the child into their CAREER YEARS. The Workforce Data Quality Initiative’s Mission Statement from the United States Department of Labor’s website reads: “The long-term Workforce Data Quality Initiative and SLDS goal for States is to use their longitudinal data...
  • WATCH: BILL BENNETT VS GREG ABBOTT IN HEATED COMMON CORE DEBATE

    02/02/2015 9:43:31 AM PST · by libstripper · 43 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | Feb. 1, 2015 | Pam Key
    On Fox New Channel’s “Fox News Sunday,” conservative radio host Bill Bennett and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) had a friendly but heated debate about the controversial Common Core educational standards program.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Hit With Massive $1 Billion Common Core Bill

    01/31/2015 4:09:29 PM PST · by PROCON · 45 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 31, 2015 | Robert Wilde
    A rather expensive development has surfaced on the way to installing Common Core in California’s hundreds of school districts statewide. Officials have figured out that the big government initiative could collectively cost districts $1 billion every year to set up a new statewide testing system supporting the new curriculum. The question is, who’s going to pay for it? According to the Santa Ana School District, the state, not the district, should foot the bill. Santa Ana along with three other school districts submitted a class action complaint, demanding that California pay for the “next generation” Smarter Balanced Assessments based on...