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  • Detroit Public Schools' Collapse Preceded Charter School Expansion

    05/27/2016 10:19:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/25/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The James & Grace Lee Boggs School is a charter school in Detroit that opened in 2013, one of 25 that have opened since 2011. That was the year a statewide cap on the number of charters was repealed by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder. The 108 K-6 students at Boggs scored well enough on standardized state tests in 2015 to place it among the 20 best Detroit public schools, including charter and district-run schools. Just 1.5 miles from Boggs is the Detroit school district’s Spain Elementary-Middle School, with 438 students. In 2015, its students scored much lower on...
  • Ten states sue Obama to stop his transgender blackmail

    05/26/2016 6:59:30 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Not so fast, bro. It’s not quite as dramatic as a state telling Obama to take his federal funds and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine, and it’s potentially rife with unintended consequences: What if the Scalia-less Supreme Court rules that the president can issue arbitrary conditions for the receipt of federal funds at his own personal whim? Roger Goodell’s lawyers might have some suggestions for Obama on this one. But at least they’re fighting. Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia have sued the administration in federal court. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appears...
  • AZ: Governor Ducey signs HB2338, Removes Gun Ban of Right of Way near Universities

    05/26/2016 10:00:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On the same day, Governor Ducey signed two bills that help to restore Second Amendment rights in Arizona.  HB 2338 stops educational institutions from banning the legal possession or carry of firearms on public right of ways that pass near or through the educational institution. From cqstatetrack.com: I. NOtwithstanding section 15-341 and subsection D of this section, the governing board of an educational institution may not adopt or enforce any policy or rule that prohibits the lawful possession or carrying of a deadly weapon on a public right‑of‑way by a person or on or within a person's means of...
  • Oberlin Students Want Below-Average Grades Abolished, Midterms Replaced with Conversations

    05/26/2016 9:19:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | May 24, 2016 | Robby Soave
    'I literally am so tired of learning about Marx, when he did not include race in his discussion of the market!' Oberlin College's activist community is ready to call it quits. Progressive students are dropping out of college, citing academic and emotional difficulties stemming from their mental health problems and overall disgust with the toxic culture on campus. That's according to a fascinating piece for The New Yorker by Nathan Heller, who interviewed a number of exhausted activists at Oberlin. They perceive that other students, faculty members, and the administration are completely against them, and have made it impossible for...
  • K-12 School Proposes Removing Urinals and Making Bathrooms Gender Neutral

    05/25/2016 9:32:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 25, 2016 | Kelsey Harkness
    A nationally ranked Minnesota charter school facing a discrimination complaint by the parents of a former kindergarten transgender student approved a controversial new gender inclusion policy at a school board meeting. While the school board, which consists of a mix of parents, teachers, and community members, overwhelmingly voted in favor of the new policy Monday night, some parents are upset with the outcome. “What has happened at Nova is unthinkable,” a mother with two children at the school told The Daily Signal. “A classical school based in logic and reason has taken the most radical approach possible, that of affirming...
  • Gay Student Told to Change Pro-LGBT Shirt (Texas)

    05/25/2016 4:31:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KCEN-TV | May 24, 2016 | Stephen Adams, MMJ/Producer
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.kcentv.com/story/32055993/gay-student-told-to-change-pro-lgbt-shirt
  • Seattle's homeless crisis 7: Use Greyhound therapy it works!

    05/25/2016 11:12:57 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 11 replies
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | Brian Ball
    In part 7, we discuss a solution to American homelessness and unemployment that no one except those who really are concerned are discussing. A way to get the homeless off the streets into employment and into housing while saving money in the long run. its something that liberals generally will not give into except as a last resort because they want to get the money by making the homeless problem prolonged and and visible and line their pockets. Its a policy that is being used in major cities and cash strapped states everywhere and in the case for those who...
  • Detroit Teacher on Strike Lowballs Salary in Newspaper Story

    05/25/2016 7:00:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/22/2016 | Tom Gantert
    An illegal sickout by members of the union that represents teachers in Detroit Public Schools shut down 94 of the district’s 97 schools Monday. Last weekend, the official appointed to be the district’s transition manager said it only has enough money to operate until the end of the current school year in June. Teacher LaShawn Pope told the Detroit News that she has a master’s degree and signed up for 26 paychecks this year, not 22. “Before taxes, I bring home $1,400 every two weeks, so $1,400 times four checks is what I stand to lose before taxes,” Pope is...
  • School Choice Opponents Pick Institutions Over Special Needs Families

    05/25/2016 5:35:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/22/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Overshadowed by important debates and competing proposals about the future of education in Detroit, a longshot legislative proposal to give special-needs students access to more opportunities has exposed the priorities of school choice foes. House Joint Resolution B by Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw, would place a constitutional amendment before Michigan voters to allow families of special-needs students to use public funds to support their child even if they enroll in a private school. A favorable vote from two-thirds of House members would be needed to place the idea before voters on the ballot. An onerous provision in Michigan’s state constitution...
  • Black Powder History Pt 1

    05/24/2016 9:25:36 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 17 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 5/24/2016 | Bob Shell
    Black Powder - Invention to ExplosionIt is believed that the Chinese have been using black powder for about a thousand years and they are generally credited with its invention starting with fireworks. Around 700 years ago someone came up with the idea that if you put some black powder in a tube with a rock it would expel the rock out at sufficient velocity to make it a weapon. Another early idea was to use reinforced bamboo to shoot arrows and darts. No one knows who thought of this, but they did indeed change the world. The general consensus is...
  • St Junipero Serra: Defender of Indians, American founding father

    05/23/2016 4:10:08 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 23 replies
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | Brian Ball
    I decided after reading some interesting things about St. Junipero Serra who was recently canonized a saint by Pope Francis to do an article about Junipero. I made some interesting discoveries. First and foremost the allegations that he butchered and murdered native Americans and created atrocities against them is false. Its a fantasy, another one in fact created by liberals, pushed by Chicano Marxists and that has been used to smear Christians and the white man. Nothing new. The left loves to romanticize about the American Indians make it look like they were happy and peaceful until whitey came and...
  • Take 10 - The Universe and the Cell

    05/23/2016 11:32:19 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 6 replies
    email | Unknown | email
    Take 10 - The Universe and the CellIn this Take 10 we will briefly look at the immensity of our Universe and delve into the complexity of the cell. Please take time watch this 3 minute video – Cosmic Eye (Scale of the Universe) Now consider, the human world stands about midway between the infinitesimal and the immense . The size of our planet is near the geometric mean of the size of the known universe and the size of the atom. The mass of a human being is the geometric mean of the mass of the earth and the...
  • In Search of the Black Vote

    05/23/2016 5:30:24 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 13 replies
    self | J. Johnson
    Re-write of an older article – updated for the modern Trump era There have been many who have wondered why the black population in America votes solidly democrat. The percentages have become so one-sided that one side assumes they can say anything and still get ‘the black vote’, while the other believes nothing they say will win the black vote, so why bother. I believe that could change in today’s political climate with the right message and strategy. But first, let’s review why most blacks ‘allegedly’ vote democrat. It may not be for the reasons you think. The suffering in...
  • Asian-American group to file discrimination complaint against Yale, Brown, and Dartmouth

    05/22/2016 1:24:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The College Fix ^ | May 22, 2016 | Dave Huber, assistant editor
    A group called the Asian American Coalition for Education plans to file an official complaint tomorrow with the federal Department of Education and Department of Justice noting that Yale, Brown, and Dartmouth have “unlawfully discriminated” against Asian-Americans in their admissions policies. The Coalition, “which is composed of more than 100 local, state and national organizations,” claims the colleges “have the lowest acceptance rate for Asian Americans,” and maintain quotas for the (racial) group. It also points out that Asian-American enrollment at Yale has declined “despite the number of college-aged Asian-Americans more than doubling since 2011.” This is the first such...
  • Do Heterosexuals Have Any Rights?

    05/22/2016 9:00:13 AM PDT · by kathsua · 29 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | May 22nd, 2016 | reasonmclucus
    The current assault on women’s right to privacy in public restrooms implies that only those born with Gender Identity Disorder have any personal rights. GIDites believe that people with male anatomies who are dressed as women should be able to use restrooms designated for people with female anatomies. Women are justifiably concerned that sexual predators can take advantage of this situation and dress as women to gain access to women’s restrooms. Depriving women of their right to sexual privacy to accommodate men with a mental abnormality makes women second class citizens
  • How Could Mark Cubin be so Stupid?

    05/21/2016 9:00:38 PM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 26 replies
    b.b.e.b.
    I have watched Mark's career, enjoy watching him on Shark Tank, love his entrepreneurial spirit but being Hillary's veep? Has he lost his friggin mind? Does he know nothing about the Clinton's? Who in their right mind, who believes in the amazing aspects of capitalism would want to be associated with those two? Sorry Mark but you are now an asshat!
  • PSU students stage ‘die-in’ to demand disarming of police (Oregon)

    05/21/2016 1:49:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | May 12, 2016 | Anthony Gockowski, Investigative Reporter
    Hundreds of students at Portland State University shut down traffic Tuesday while staging a die-in to protest the school’s armed public safety officers. “So, I do believe I have mentioned the die-in before—what that entails is a lot of us who are abused so to say…we’re going to be laying down in the street outside so [the president] can see us so he knows what the Board of Trustees does to us, which is it kills us,” one protester explained. A video published by Vidmax shows nearly 200 students proceeding to lay down in the middle of traffic causing a...
  • A conservative Christian Libertarian on Bruce Jenner's sickness

    05/21/2016 10:35:57 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 15 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    I didn't want to write about this, it wasn't important, didn't deserve exposure. The liberals however, the Hollywood communist liberal and in particular the plan by Obama to force us to allow sick men to use women's toilets have made it necessary. First of all, let me say that this is sick. An Abomination. And As mentioned by many I know as well as people in the videos down below you should watch, it is a sign of how evil and immoral America and the west has become. Michael savage is right when he said that Caitlyn Jenner is the...
  • Yale: John Calhoun Stays - But What About Elihu Yale?

    05/21/2016 5:35:57 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 3 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 19 May 2016 | Richard Williams
    So if we use the same logic used in regards to Confederate figures and icons in the South, Yale should change its name. Why don't we hear that demand from the "historians" in the blogosphere? That's simple. It does not serve the purpose of their agenda, at least not yet. And maybe, in this instance, the administration at Yale realized that Calhoun was the low-hanging fruit and once he had been vanquished, the offended would aim higher - at Elihu Yale. And what might alumni benefactors have to say about that? All that there moral reformin' could get expensive. Virtue-signaling...
  • Detroit Schools Transition Chief Says: Restrict Charter Schools in City

    05/20/2016 12:16:19 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/18/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The man Gov. Rick Snyder asked to oversee a governance transition in Detroit Public Schools said that limiting charter schools in the city will be a key to reforming the troubled school district. As a federal judge, Steven Rhodes presided over the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy. Now in retirement from the judiciary, he made the statements about limiting charters in a TV interview, as reported by The Detroit News. Rhodes said he favors limiting parental choice through a proposed Detroit Education Commission. Rhodes’ comments come as school choice advocates already fear that Detroit’s Democratic political establishment is stacking the deck...
  • Fears About State Pension Underfunding Drive School Employees to Other Options

    05/20/2016 10:27:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/15/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    For every dollar Michigan school districts budget to pay their employees, 36 cents goes into the state-run school retirement system. Most of this money (87 percent) goes toward catching up on decades of systematic underfunding that has left the pension system with a massive unfunded liability. The system is called the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS), and it is currently underfunded by $26 billion. The potential for instability contributes to thousands of school employees choosing to skip the traditional defined benefit pension and instead take advantage of employer contributions into an optional 401(k)-style account they then own. Michigan...
  • This final exam question about Donald Trump got a Florida teacher suspended

    05/19/2016 1:46:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 19, 2016 | Abby Jackson, Business Insider
    A Florida public high school suspended a teacher after he gave students a final exam question about Donald Trump that an administrator called inappropriate, Palm Beach Post columnist Andrew Marra reported. The exam question, written by Palm Beach Lakes High School (PBL) teacher and practicing attorney Malik Leigh, asked, “If a Donald Trump becomes president of the United states, we are: A. Screwed B. Screwed C. Screwed D. Screwed behind a really YUGE wall that Mexico pays for." The final exam is “wholly inappropriate for the Law Academy class,” PBL Principal Cheryl McKeever wrote in a letter, according to the...
  • Calling Out Jonathan Rauch

    05/19/2016 9:10:49 AM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 5 replies
    Ethics Forum ^ | May 15, 2016 | Alice C Linsley
    Alice C. Linsley Gay activist Jonathan Charles Rauch describes himself as "an unrepentantly atheistic Jewish homosexual" which is to say that he has completely rejected the traditional wisdom of his ancestors. Jonathan Rauch is so lacking in critical thinking skills as to be dangerous. Rauch’s “Case for Gay Marriage” is full of fallacious arguments, as I have demonstrated to my Ethics students. J. Rauch’s First Premise: Marriage is necessary to providing reliable caregivers. This assumption is not true. It is, in fact, verifiable false since we are able to observe that reliable caregivers exist who are not married to the...
  • Towson University hosts presentation: ‘white people are a plague’

    05/18/2016 6:14:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | March 16, 2016 | Dr. Eowyn
    In Obama’s America, it is open season on whites. White Americans now seem to have a “Kick Me” sign on their backs because bashing whites has become a popular sport, especially on college campuses. Towson University is a public university located in Towson, Baltimore County, Maryland. Founded in 1866 as Maryland’s first training school for teachers, Towson still produces the most teachers of any university in the state. Hypeline reports, May 13, 2016, that it received information from a former Towson University “SGA member” that a student presentation, “The historical ties between homophobia in communities of color and colonization,” claimed...
  • Why Do College Costs Skyrocket Year After Year?

    05/18/2016 10:20:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 45 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/16/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Amid an ongoing national debate about college affordability, one of the largest factors driving costs is the expansion of a spiderweb of academic support services. Michigan’s 15 state universities incurred a nearly $123 million increase in their spending on academic support services over the past four years, according to a report from the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency. Spending went from $661.0 million in 2010-11 to $784.4 million in 2014-15, an increase of 18.7 percent in just four years. Meanwhile, tuition and fees at the institutions rose 16 percent during the same period. The report defines “academic support services” as activities...
  • The Evidence is Clear: State Spending on Colleges is Wasteful

    05/18/2016 7:12:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/16/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Michigan Legislature is currently debating how much more it should spend on the state’s public universities. Gov. Rick Snyder and the Senate want to spend an extra $64 million while the House wants to spend an extra $51.6 million. These amounts would increase current spending by 3.4 to 4.2 percent, which is well above inflation. Total state spending for public universities is at $1.5 billion, though the amount each institution receives varies widely. And what are we getting for that money? Not much. Proponents argue that more college spending means more college degrees and a better-educated citizenry, which means...
  • School bathroom directive unconstitutional

    05/17/2016 9:38:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/17/16 | Rolf Yungclas
    Gender "assigned at birth?" No, gender is "assigned" at conception Under President Obama, America was placed on the fast track to “fundamental transformation,” which is the process of our national heritage being eliminated, and the removal of every semblance of a traditional social order. It started long before the Obama administration, of course, with the Democratic Party having become a united-front organization of the “oppressed,” from radical feminists to advocates of racial revenge against whites, to special rights for homosexuals, and now, special rights for dozens of sexual preferences and gender classifications, all under the banner of “LGBT” (lesbians, gays,...
  • Follow the deterioration of our culture and educational system for the 63 Years from 1957-2020

    05/17/2016 9:00:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/17/16 | unknown author
    For those who continue to wonder how the most powerful, most productive, most envied and most successful nation in history can be one short step from the 3rd class status of a Marxist dictatorship. 1. Teaching Math in 1950s A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit? 2. Teaching Math in 1960s A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit? 3. Teaching Math in 1970s A logger sells a truckload...
  • Average Teacher Salaries Decline, But Individual Educators Get More

    05/16/2016 7:09:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/14/2016 | Tom Gantert
    According to the Michigan Department of Education, the average teacher salary at the Chippewa Valley school district in Macomb County fell by $3,400 in four years, from $73,495 in 2011 to $70,016 in 2015. However, an analysis of individual teacher salaries suggests that no Chippewa Valley teacher experienced a pay cut during this period, and starting teachers did especially well. The only instructors who did not get raises appear to be those who, due to their high seniority, were already getting the top-tier amount fixed in the district’s union contract — about $90,000 a year. So how can nearly everyone...
  • Texas to blackmailing Obama: Maybe you can just keep your federal funds

    05/16/2016 7:04:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 54 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/16/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Gauntlet thrown Surely you heard this past weekend about the Obama threat to withhold federal education funds from states who don’t immediately embrace Obama’s transgender bathroom policies. The current shell game of collecting money through the IRS and then sending it back to the states in the form of federal aid is merely a way for the federal government to dictate to the state how they must operate. It’s certainly not a new phenomenon, either. Remember the nationwide 55-mile-per-hour speed limit? That was never a law passed by Congress. It as a gambit of Jimmy Carter to deny federal highway...
  • Hampshire College Students Demanded Obama Or Beyonce As Graduation Speakers (shortened)

    05/16/2016 7:04:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    turtleboysports.com ^ | 5-16-2016 | Turtleboy
    FULL TITLE: Hampshire College Students Demanded Obama Or Beyonce As Graduation Speakers, Freaked Out When They Got An Asian Doctor, And Demanded A Transgender Black Person Hampshire College had their graduation this weekend and it was the sh--show everyone dreamed Turtleboy’s favorite hippie college would be. Don’t know how we missed this story from a couple weeks ago, but I literally spit out my coffee and started laughing when I read this paragraph:Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash announced that the college has selected a new commencement speaker in response to students who were upset that the original choice — Dr....
  • President Decrees New Nationwide School Restroom & Locker Room Law [semi-satire]

    05/15/2016 1:25:41 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 May 2016 | John Semmens
    In a bid aimed at "stopping a confusing patchwork of divergent rules," President Obama issued an executive order mandating that every public school in the United States make all previously sexually-segregated restrooms and locker rooms open to persons of both sexes. Instead of relying on biological differences to determine which toilets, which showers, or which athletic teams students should have access to, schools must now use psychological differences. Biological males who think of themselves as female must be allowed to use facilities previously restricted to biological females, and vice versa. Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division...
  • What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour

    05/15/2016 9:02:59 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies
    nytimes ^ | May 13, 2016 | NEIL IRWIN
    Which was a more important innovation: indoor plumbing, jet air travel or mobile phones?We’re in the golden age of innovation, an era in which digital technology is transforming the underpinnings of human existence. Or so a techno-optimist might argue. We’re in a depressing era in which innovation has slowed and living standards are barely rising. That’s what some skeptical economists believe. The truth is, this isn’t a debate that can be settled objectively. Which was a more important innovation: indoor plumbing, jet air travel or mobile phones? You could argue for any of them, and data can tell plenty...
  • ‘Bathroom Barry’s’ Real Legacy

    05/14/2016 9:18:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/14/16 | Judi McLeod
    "It's a girl!" "It's a Boy!" will be replaced by "It's a transgender!" ‘Bathroom Barry’ is no longer just a figment of overworked imagination. Barack-aka-Barry-Soetoro-Obama has gone into the school washroom and he’s never coming out again. This latest invasion on the safety and privacy of innocent school children, came hurtling at their parents in the middle of the night.
  • Detroit Charters Face All of the Obstacles of Detroit Public Schools – And Overcome Them

    05/12/2016 12:19:06 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/9/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    In recent months, Detroit Public Schools has been rife with turmoil: districtwide teacher sickouts, sensational pictures of widespread deplorable building conditions, an employee kickback scandal, reports of misappropriated federal funds, and now … more sickouts. While unions and bureaucrats in the debt-ridden district wrangle over adult issues, costing DPS students thousands of hours in learning time, the city’s 100 charter campuses have pressed ahead uninterrupted with the business of educating students. They represent a broad range of quality, but on average provide students with an additional two to three months of important learning gains, according to the best research. National...
  • The University of Oregon employs thought police who hired themselves

    05/12/2016 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/12/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The University of Oregon is sorely in need of an enema. It has become filled with the worst kind of social excrement a university can accumulate. It has descended into a state of perpetual readiness to root out and destroy any vestige of speech and thought that might even slightly deviate from liberal orthodoxy. When any member of the school’s cozy little community alleges that she/he has been offended, the speech warriors of the U of O’s Bias Response Team (BRT) spring into action. No complaint is too petty for these civil servants that have invented their own lifetime jobs....
  • Have Confidence In Your Blackness

    05/12/2016 7:26:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/16 | Dave Merrick
    In so many ways and to our great hurt, Obama really has kept his promise to 'fundamentally change America' In his recent commencement address at Howard University our president’s racism-laced message to graduates strategically included the words, “Have confidence in your blackness.” But what most got my attention was that his entire speech was presented in his own version of ‘homeboy’ with a clumsy Ebonic lilt/cadence. The down-home, laid-back talk that he couldn’t quite pull off was, in my view, an embarrassing insult to the noble scholars and their parents, many of whom just wanted to enjoy the moment and...
  • Detroit Schools 'Misplace' $30 Million from Feds for Pensions

    05/12/2016 5:04:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/9/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The Detroit News reported this week that the U.S. Department of Education allegedly gave Detroit Public Schools $30 million to help it pay required contributions to an employee pension fund, but the school district never sent the money into the state-run system. The $30 million was supposed to cover pension contributions for DPS employees whose pay came from federal grants. ForTheRecord says: For a clear example of how the rising cost of maintaining a defined benefit pension system is strangling school budgets, one need look no further than the Detroit school district. Employment has been cut in half, from 15,465...
  • House Dems to Detroit Parents: No New Charter Schools For You

    05/11/2016 7:22:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/9/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In the debate about a state bailout for the Detroit school district, the greatest divide may be the future of charter schools in the city. Democratic lawmakers have often shown a bias against charter schools, and did so again this week. Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, proposed an amendment to a bailout bill (House Bill 5384) that may effectively ban new or expanded charter schools in the city of Detroit. A charter authorizer would be required to overcome a new layer of red tape. Specifically, authorizers would have to get a determination by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction...
  • Detroit Public Schools Debt Largely Not Supported By Additional Taxpayer Dollars

    05/11/2016 5:08:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/6/2016 | James Hohman
    As Michigan legislators discuss a bailout of the Detroit Public Schools, some have argued that this makes obvious fiscal sense for the state since state taxpayers are ultimately responsible for DPS debt. Yet a look at the composition of the district’s debt shows very little taxpayer exposure. According to the Department of Treasury’s report, the district carries $3.4 billion in debt, most of which contains some state involvement. Yet this involvement rarely comes in the form of a direct obligation to cover the district’s debt. Consider what is listed as $1.3 billion in DPS’s share of the pension system’s unfunded...
  • Detroit Public Schools Debt Largely Not Supported By Additional Taxpayer Dollars

    05/11/2016 5:07:00 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/6/2016 | James Hohman
    As Michigan legislators discuss a bailout of the Detroit Public Schools, some have argued that this makes obvious fiscal sense for the state since state taxpayers are ultimately responsible for DPS debt. Yet a look at the composition of the district’s debt shows very little taxpayer exposure. According to the Department of Treasury’s report, the district carries $3.4 billion in debt, most of which contains some state involvement. Yet this involvement rarely comes in the form of a direct obligation to cover the district’s debt. Consider what is listed as $1.3 billion in DPS’s share of the pension system’s unfunded...
  • Group at Fore of Detroit School Preservation Effort Has Mixed Record

    05/10/2016 1:28:31 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/5/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Detroit Public Schools has experienced massive student flight and its teachers have conducted illegal strikes. It also is considered by to be the worst urban school district in the country by the federal government and is immersed in a corruption scandal involving bribes and kickbacks to top administrators. It will run out of money at the end of this school year. That is not the picture of the district’s future painted six years ago by an organization that has played an active role in defining that future. Excellent Schools Detroit was formed in 2010 with the goal of transforming DPS...
  • Cheater, cheater, MOOC beater

    05/10/2016 12:31:57 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    fortune.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | Barb Darrow
    No kidding. New MIT and Harvard research finds cheating is easy-peasy for students enrolled in edX online classes. In news that probably won’t surprise many people, researchers have found that it’s pretty easy to cheat in online classes and some online students are taking advantage of that fact. Researchers at MIT and Harvard this week published a paper finding that students taking online edX coursework were able to game the system by logging on as one person to check out online tests, scout out the right answers, and then log in again as themselves to take the test.
  • Obama: 'You CAN'T Build' That, 'You Didn't Build That,' 'You Were Lucky'

    05/10/2016 8:58:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    MRC TV ^ | May 9, 2016 10:00am ET | Craig Bannister
    Pres. Obama doubled down on his infamous “You didn’t build that” claim when he declared “You can’t build” that and then told college graduates they gained their degrees by being “lucky.” In remarks about the economy on Friday, Obama chastised those who think they’re self-sufficient and don’t need government:“You can’t build your own metro system. You can’t build your own highway. You can’t build your own airport. And so we have a specific problem with under-investing in infrastructure.”Then, on Saturday, Pres. Obama told Howard University graduates that his “pet peeve” is people like them who don’t credit luck for their...
  • Campus Cannibalism: Hillary Supporters Bullied… by Bernie Supporters?

    05/09/2016 9:07:34 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Louder With Crowder ^ | 5/9/16 | Steve Crowder
    You hear a lot about leftist bullying toward Donald Trump supporters on college campuses (see #TheChalkening: Michigan Students Call for Arrests Over ‘Offensive’ Chalk Signs… and Bill Maher to Liberal, Emory Students: ‘I Want to Dropkick These Kids’…). Because, tolerance and what have you. But the bullying of Hillary Clinton supporters? If the ‘bullies’ in question are Bernie supporters, then yes! According to the latest story from The Guardian, it’s become an on-campus epidemic… and it is delightful. Walk around any college campus and Bernie Sanders’ popularity is immediately apparent. Depending on the climate, you’re likely to see Bernie T-shirts...
  • Arizona Proposition 123 Education Funding supported by Gov Ducey & opposed by Treasurer DeWitt

    05/09/2016 10:17:41 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 12 replies
    http://AZ Legislature ^ | May 9, 2016 | AZ Proposition
    Ballot Text: "A 'yes' vote shall have the effect of increasing distributions from the State Land Trust Permanent Endowment Fund in fiscal years 2016-2015 from 2.5% to 6.9% of average monthly market values to benefit Arizona K-12 schools, colleges, and other beneficiary institutions, including a $259,266,200 distribution in fiscal year 2016; includes protections for state funds in the case of a severe economic downturn. "A 'no' vote shall have the effect of retaining the existing 2.5% distribution formula from the State Land Trust Permanent Endowment Fund and maintaining funding levels for Arizona K-12 schools, colleges, and other beneficiary institutions."
  • Austrian Teacher Investigated After Telling Class Mohammad Was a Child Molester

    05/09/2016 10:05:04 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 27 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/8/16 | Jim Hoft
    An Austrian middle school teacher is being investigated by prosecutors after telling her class the prophet Mohammad was a child molester. Mohammad’s third wife Aisha was nine years-old when the marriage was consummated. Apparently, telling the true story of Islam is forbidden in Austria today. Vol.at reported, via Vlad Tepes: A middle school teacher allegedly referred to Mohammed as child molester in front of her pupils. The prosecution was informed; the provincial education department now awaits the investigation. A Bregenzer teacher is said to have described the founder of Islam as a child molester in front of her students. “Yes,...
  • Scripps: The Most Racist College in America

    05/09/2016 8:37:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Students urged to feel good about hating white people White people are worthy of hatred and no one should feel bad for hating them, incoming freshmen are told at the all-female, ultra-politically correct Scripps College in southern California, making it probably the worst and most racist undergraduate school in the United States. “Anger is a legitimate response to oppression, as is sadness, fear, frustration, exhaustion, and a general distaste or hatred of white people,” write the student authors of the Unofficial Scripps College Survival Guide. The 217-page exercise in PC brainwashing is supposed to help new students adjust to Scripps...
  • Obama world graduates: hopeless, jobless and borderless

    05/09/2016 8:19:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Judi McLeod
    Don’t they know that our colleges and universities are graduating zombies, and zombies always do as they’re programmed? When he thinks at all, Secretary of State John Kerry thinks exactly as latter-day terrorists do, that no wall is big enough to keep dangerous terrorists out of the United States. Public safety, peace and security are no longer the responsibility of elected governments. That’s the bleak and hopeless message John Kerry dropped on Northeastern University students on their graduation day. In student vernacular it can be translated to:“You can run but you can’t hide”.
  • Number of School Districts in Deficit Plummets

    05/09/2016 5:11:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/5/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The state Department of Education reports that the number of Michigan school districts expected to finish the current school year with a budget deficit may be the lowest in nine years. The state could have a few as 23 school districts in deficit when the books close on the current school year in June, according to the department's most recent list. A deficit means that the district spent more for operations than the amount of direct and indirect tax revenue it received to cover those costs. The signs of financial stability come at a time when Republicans and Democrats are...