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  • New USDA rules eliminate junk food in schools

    07/24/2016 6:11:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    WLNE-TV ^ | July 21, 2016 | Rebecca Turco and ABC News
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Students might notice some changes in the cafeteria when they go back to school in a few weeks. The USDA will announce rules today that require schools to get rid of unhealthy snacks and eliminate students’ exposure to junk food, ABC News has exclusively learned. Rhode Island already complies, having phased in these healthy guidelines about seven years ago, before they were official rules. "We're proud of what we're doing in Rhode Island,” said Elliot Krieger, spokesman for the state Department of Education. “We've been a leading state on this and it's great that our students have...
  • How to reform Public Schools.

    07/24/2016 10:56:38 AM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 9 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | July 23, 2016
    What can we do to reform Fairfax County Public Schools? There is certainly a lot to do! This is a list of 11 reforms which would decimate the entrenched FCPS Mafia, promote greater parent involvement, and protect Constitutional principles. --- All readers of ResistanceMedia are IMPLORED to contact the FCPS school board and send them a link to this article with a message about how these reforms are needed. A referendum on these reforms is needed, and we will be considering a campaign to put some of these reforms on the ballot in an upcoming referendum. By clicking this link,...
  • Education Enabling Cultural Decline

    07/24/2016 8:05:43 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/24/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If given everything free, tiny housing units, Internet, smart devices, food, education, Netflix, pot, and public transportation passes, the youth will remain on the globalist environmental social justice train forever as anonymous global citizens Trying to have a rational discussion based on facts with a College of Education graduate who uses Common Core teaching methods, how children learn, and the dumbing down of America’s education, is like trying to reason with a petulant child who happens to be a member of the Communist Party USA. They take everything very personal and in a fascistic way, it’s their way or the...
  • Tactical Use of the AR-15

    07/21/2016 11:55:43 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 50 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/21/2016 | J Hines
    Everybody has an AR because of its reliability, durability and flexibility. Besides owning a shotgun an AR is the next best thing for a home defense. This video highlights Richard Nance (GunsandAmmo Editor) and Dave Spaulding (Handgun Combatives) discussing tactics and techniques using an AR-15 which any lawful citizen can learn. They talk about best ways to enter and clear a room while not extending your AR out there. But if you do there are some weapon retention methods that can be used to retain your AR. See the video here. How bout you all, do you use your AR-15...
  • Private Schools Could Save Michigan $750 Million a Year

    07/21/2016 6:13:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/20/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Although Michigan offers parents educational choices through Schools of Choice, public charter schools, online academies and dual enrollment, the state has yet to tap into a resource of educational opportunity that’s ready and willing to serve tens of thousands of students: Michigan’s private schools. A generation ago, private school choice — giving public aid to help parents pay private school tuition — was an unproven novelty nearly everywhere in the United States. This year, more than half the states have these types of programs, serving about 400,000 students, and that number keeps growing. But before we can have a serious...
  • JV Nehlen v Paul Ryan vanity

    07/20/2016 5:51:34 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 19 replies
    NewsMax TV | 7-20-16 | Bob Schmidt
    JD Hayworth just had Paul Ryan opponent Nehlen on TV. Nehlen is the extreme case of a non-politician. Newsmax has been announcing all day he would be on just before the Cruz speech. So Nehlen had time to prepare. Nehlen was totally unprepared. At the end JD asked how supporters could get in touch with Nehlen. Nehlen stumbled around and eventually came up with a web address. Why was there not a campaign sign behind Nehlen with dot com, twitter and other addresses on the campaign sign. If Nehlen wins, or even comes close it will be a the anti-Paul...
  • MSU Drops Algebra From Graduation Requirements

    07/20/2016 12:30:30 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 85 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/19/2016 | Derek Draplin
    Michigan State University is the latest public university to tweak its general education curriculum, favoring quantitative courses over traditional math courses. The math requirement can now be fulfilled by taking two “quantitative learning” classes as an alternative, though students can choose algebra and one quantitative course, the Lansing State Journal reports. “The one-size-fits-all college algebra approach wasn’t working for all students,” Vince Melfi, an associate professor of statistics, told the Lansing State Journal. Previously, MSU’s basic math graduation requirement for most students included an algebra class. Students could also test out of the requirement or use transfer credit. MSU administrators...
  • One more day to vote! Can public schools censor online political speech?

    07/20/2016 11:52:08 AM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 7 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | June 30, 2016
    Recently, controversy has arisen over aggressive school monitoring and censorship of their students' online speech, through blogs, social networks, forums, and other means. Now until July 21, 2016, vote in the ResistanceMedia poll on this important issue!
  • School Funding At Record High

    07/20/2016 8:18:12 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/18/2016 | Tom Gantert
    State and federal funding for Michigan’s public schools will reach record levels in the coming school year. The school budget adopted by the Legislature in June will be the first to appropriate more than $14 billion for K-12 education. Also, for the first time, the state’s share will exceed $12 billion, with the rest being federal money. Total state funding will go up from $11.96 billion in the just-completed school year to $12.34 billion in the coming year. Overall state and federal funding will increase from $13.73 billion in 2015-16 to $14.16 billion in 2016-17. The funding increases are happening...
  • Pay for New Ann Arbor Teachers Up 24-44 Percent in Four Years

    07/19/2016 1:07:52 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/17/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In a speech before the Ann Arbor Board of Education this May, teacher Dan Ezekiel painted a bleak picture of compensation for teachers. Ezekiel, a science teacher who also is involved in local politics by serving on various county and city boards and commissions, was concerned about the pay of starting teachers in the district. He said he makes $3,000 less than he did eight years ago. Michigan Capitol Confidential put in a Freedom of Information Act request for teacher salaries in Ann Arbor for the years 2010-11 to 2014-15. Teacher salaries have become complex in recent years with some...
  • Cyber center puts UA South on national level

    07/19/2016 8:44:39 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald | Eric Petermann
    With realistic aspirations of becoming one of just eight cyber academic centers of excellence in the nation, the University of Arizona South is aggressively developing a new program that will maximize the community’s efforts to attract new businesses to the area, the school’s dean, Dr. James Shockey said Monday. As part of that effort Jason Denno has been hired as the Director of Cyber Operations Program Development to oversee the preparation of a curriculum, meeting of certification requirements and construction of a “first-of-its-kind” virtual learning environment. Denno, 47, has worked most recently in cyber operations in the commercial sector and...
  • MI: Chief Craig Hosts Gun Safety Event in Detroit

    07/19/2016 5:30:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On July 11, 2016, the Detroit Police Department teamed up with the National Shooting Sports Association (NSSA) to promote gun safety in Detroit.  Chief Craig was in attendance.  The goal was to prevent accidents with guns, especially accidents involving children.From wxyz.com: Detroit Police Chief James Craig will be joined by the National Shooting Sports Foundation later today where they'll be talking about firearm safety and proper storage and misuse of guns. The goal here is to promote the safe use of any firearm and help the community by handing out gun locks and information. Chief Craig has been at...
  • Here's What the NY Times Got Wrong On Detroit Public Schools

    07/18/2016 1:07:01 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/12/2016 | Tom Gantert
    This week, The New York Times published a lengthy article on the public education landscape in Detroit. The article went to some length to portray the city's charter schools in the worst possible light and implied that they were the primary cause of Detroit Public Schools' collapse. The Times article, titled “More School Choice for Detroit’s Children, Not Better Schools,” also contained a number of factual errors and problematic claims. Michigan Capitol Confidential lists these below, adding corrections or missing context as needed. The New York Times wrote: “For all the abandoned buildings and burned-down houses in her neighborhood in...
  • Union Contract Delivers Five-Year Salary Freeze for State's Teacher of the Year

    07/18/2016 8:49:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In May, the state Department of Education named Tracy Horodyski as Michigan’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. But Horodyski, who has 16 years of classroom experience teaching at Kenowa Hills Public Schools in Kent County, won’t see any salary raise coming from the school district, due to a provision in her union contract. Like all Michigan teachers union contracts, the one at Kenowa Hills bases an individual's salary on just two criteria – the number of educational credentials acquired and years of service. The Kenowa Hills Public Schools teachers contract has 28 seniority-based pay tiers or "steps." There is generally...
  • There is no Biblical support for the Reparations Movement

    07/17/2016 2:59:33 AM PDT · by mdmathis6 · 33 replies
    self | 7/17/16 | Michal Mathis(rare vanity post)
    There Is no biblical support for the Reparations Movement(Nevermind the claptrap the SJW's try to hoodwink theologically weak minded persons with!) Behold Ezekiel 18:19-29 19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and observed them, he shall surely live. 20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness...
  • Open Carry in Dallas Worked

    07/15/2016 3:00:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from thearkansastimes.com Open carry at the Dallas protest worked.  No protesters who open carried were shot; nor did open carrier protesters shoot anyone. Police are now less likely to harass or arrest peaceful open carriers. The doomsayers who rail against open carry make numerous nonsensical claims.  Primary of them is that open carriers will be shot first by criminals.  They also claim that open carriers are likely to be shot by police. Supporters of open carry claim that the open carry of weapons is tactical deterrence.  That is, that criminals are less likely to attack a person who...
  • School Administrator in Line for $58,000 Increase in Pay

    07/15/2016 10:39:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/11/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A top Brighton Area Schools administrator is slated to get a $58,000 annual raise in addition to a $121,931 base salary and a professorial position at a college, drawing criticism from two school board members. The Brighton Area Schools Board of Education will vote Monday on whether Maria Gistinger, assistant superintendent of finance for the district, will get the raise for also serving as director of community education. The new contract would last two years and require Gistinger to work 260 days a year. In addition to her Brighton administrative duties, Gistinger also serves as a full-time professor of accounting...
  • TX: Three Professors Sue to Prevent Exercise of Second Amendment Rights by Citing Second Amendment

    07/13/2016 8:58:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Sometimes the pronouncements of the disarmists are so absurd that it becomes hard to believe that they actually wrote what they wrote.  But then, the current crop of leftists seem to believe that reality is what they intend it to be. Three professors at the University of Texas, Austin have filed suit against the state Attorney General, the President of the University of Texas at Austin, and the members of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas at Austin. The suit was filed on 6 June of 2016 in the United States District Court for the Western...
  • Fossil Fuel Divestment: A Fool's Errand

    07/10/2016 11:55:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 7, 2016 | Robert Bradley Jr.
    Green activists are getting schooled in fossil fuel divestment. Despite left-environmentalists’ best efforts, New York University and the University of Cambridge just rejected pleas to stop investing in fossil fuels. The green push for institutions to scrap all oil, natural gas, and coal investments is several years old. Campaigners insist that starving fossil fuel producers of capital will leave mineral energy in the ground, save the climate, and thus rescue the earth. There isn’t enough space in this piece to dissect the exaggerated fears of global warming. Suffice it to say that climate science is revealing lower climate sensitivities to...
  • Socially-engineering gives every student a passing grade

    07/09/2016 12:31:53 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/09/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Failing Is not an Option, but No-Zero Grading Is As if adding Common Core to the nation’s standardized education system was not damaging enough to our dumbed down indoctrination system, progressive academics are now pushing to eliminate a failing grade. Washington Post wrote that, in Maryland, “Prince George’s County is weighing in changes that would soften its stance towards late work and bar teachers from giving students zeroes for assignments.” l
  • Sign the petition to repeal the FCPS destructive transgender policy!

    Recently, Fairfax County parents started a petition urging the school board to reconsider their reckless and politically motivated "nondiscrimination" policy, which opens up previously private and gender-segregated facilities such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers to anyone, regardless of biological gender. I think that this petition is slightly moderate (a person cannot biologically change their gender), but the parents who created this petition are definitely right in that the policy is severely flawed. The petition is available at this link: https://www.change.org/p/school-board-for-fairfax-county-public-schools-respect-all-student-rights-in-the-fcps-gender-identity-non-discrimination-policy
  • New nurses recruited from the Philippines

    07/05/2016 1:21:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Boston Standard ^ | July 5, 2016
    Representatives of the trust which runs Pilgrim Hospital have travelled to the Philippines in a bid to fill nursing vacancies. Matron of Nursing at Pilgrim Hospital, Michael Brunton, was in the team from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) who travelled to the islands on a 12-day trip to recruit registered nurses. The team returned having made 85 job offers to nurses, who it is hoped will fill vacancies at Boston,and the rest in Lincoln and 
Grantham The hospital currently has 92 vacancies for registered nurses. Interim Head of Nursing at Grantham Hospital John Boulton said the visit had been...
  • Clinton: Trump 'should not have anything to do with our children’s education'

    07/05/2016 9:27:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | July 5, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    Hillary Clinton on Tuesday eviscerated Donald Trump’s commitment to education, warning that he would gut education and poses as a dangerous example for America’s youth. She criticized Trump’s call to eliminate most of the Department of Education by accusing him of trying to “leave out our most vulnerable students and let them fend for themselves” by eliminating agency programs like Pell Grants and access to Pre-K, and lowering taxes for the wealthy instead of investing in education. “The bottom line is—just like Trump should not have his finger on the button or his hands on our economy, he should not...
  • Obama, Biden Will No Longer Visit Universities That Don’t Address Sexual Assault

    07/04/2016 8:48:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 4, 2016 | Nick Visser
    The vice president said he’d like to take away federal funding from those universities. Less than a month after Vice President Joe Biden penned an emotional letter to the woman sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, the White House has announced sweeping new rules for future visits to colleges campuses. Under the policy, President Barack Obama, Biden, their wives and members of the Cabinet will no longer visit higher education institutions where officials are deemed to be doing a poor job tackling the troubling frequency of reported sexual assaults, according to The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin. The move is the latest...
  • HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY: INDIVIDUAL interest, not “public” (government) interests.

    07/04/2016 12:58:21 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 1 replies
    HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY Let us once again put INDIVIDUAL interests over “public” (government) interests. Let us proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the people (Lev. 25:10). On this Independence Day, July 4, 2016, we find ourselves wanting to celebrate freedom but freedom and the Constitution and their true meaning is no longer taught in schools. Instead socialism, the synonym for tyranny and big government, is taught and broadcast throughout the land. We’re not even sure what liberty and freedom means and many are not even sure freedom is desirable for individuals and society. How did we reach this...
  • DAD, WHAT's UNABHÄNGIGKEITSTAG?

    07/04/2016 8:09:11 AM PDT · by nathanbedford · 18 replies
    vanity ^ | July 4, 2016 | Nathan Bedford
    DAD, WHAT's UNABHÄNGIGKEITSTAG? "Is that when the thirteen colonies broke away from England?" My ten year inquired out of nowhere at 6 AM German time this morning. "Yeah, why do you want to know, eat your breakfast," I mumbled, too sleepy to be very curious. "Because I am afraid my teacher will ask me, since I am wearing this T-shirt and I'm the only American in the class." With an effort, I adjusted my gaze upward to his white T-shirt. It was brand new. Prominent on his breast was an image of the flag and below that: OLD NAVY FREEDOM...
  • Happy Independence from ?? Day

    07/03/2016 1:13:07 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 3, 2016 | Dan Miller
    How will Obama tell us to celebrate Independence Day tomorrow? Will He speak of Independence from The Dead Constitution? Independence from Islamophobia, or perhaps Independence for Safe Space Demanders? Let's get ready to celebrate our own Independence Day tomorrow and then on November 8th.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-Be9f7Ovgg Some get it, some don't. Oh well. What difference does it make, Now? What difference will it make as Bill Whittle's young American Fascists become government officials and increase their authority over us? We need to keep that from happening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeEPSjOBzRA As Stephen Kruiser wrote at PJ Media, our great lefty "journalists" had to get into the game. One complained...
  • Indian Valley Collective Library no longer a dream, but a reality

    07/02/2016 8:33:51 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    Plumas News ^ | Last updated 07/1/2016 at 12:39pm | Maggie Wells
    As a writer, editor, mother, and book lover for as long as I can remember, every time I stepped foot in the room called "Library Media Center" at Greenville High School, a little bit of my heart was broken. I began to think of the space as a giant metaphor for everything wrong with education. As a former educator, it gave me insight into where students in rural America are often coming from in terms of literacy. It has always been part of my teaching philosophy that you meet the student where he or she is and you build from...
  • Skidmore College’s bias-response group deems Trump slogan a ‘racialized attack’

    07/01/2016 9:42:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 1, 2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    The Bias Response Group at Skidmore College in New York says Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, which made its way onto several whiteboards on campus, was a “racialized, targeted attack” against female faculty of color. Three whiteboard messages with the phrase “Make America Great Again” were included in the BRG’s annual report and classified as “written slur[s] or graffiti,” Campus Reform reported. “Multiple faculty door whiteboards have been the target of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent social media campaign, now dubbed ‘the Chalkening.’ This campaign encourages supporters to chalk/write the slogan: “Make America Great Again” in visible places on college...
  • More School Spending is Still Unlikely to Boost Achievement

    07/01/2016 5:40:52 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    In a critique of our recently published study on the relationship between school spending and academic achievement, Bruce Baker, a professor at Rutgers University, raises technical concerns that lead him to question our empirical methodology and qualitative conclusions. The nature of his comments suggests that a select group of previous research, which stand in contrast to our research in both empirical approach and qualitative findings, are methodologically superior and show a positive relationship between spending per pupil and student achievement. We address both the general and technical concerns Baker raises and describe why our research improves over the earlier papers...
  • Homosexuality Is a Danger to Human Health

    07/01/2016 9:17:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    afa.net ^ | June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fischer
    Although there are many reasons to oppose the normalization of homosexuality, this reason alone would be enough: it represents an enormous risk to human health. According to a recent and extensive survey, homosexuals have "excess health problems" compared to sexually normal people. They suffer disproportionately from "impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use." The National Health Interview Survey, which has been conducted since 1957, included a question about sexual preference for the first time in 2013 and 2014. The results are astounding and alarming for anyone who cares about people who are trapped in a...
  • Fewer School Districts Borrowing to Cover Expenses, But Pension Debt Rising

    07/01/2016 8:50:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A recent state report indicates that by the end of June, as many as 18 school districts are projected to emerge out of red ink, leaving just 22 districts in a deficit situation. Although some media reports have cast this as a story of underfunded schools, they do so by ignoring the fact that just three years ago 55 districts had a deficit, a state record. Michigan school districts are required by state law to balance their budget each year and not spend more than they take in. Nevertheless, every year some do have expenses exceed revenues, which is labeled...
  • How They Spin 'Underfunded Schools': Ignore the Federal Money

    07/01/2016 6:20:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    One of the most inaccurate narratives promoted in the Detroit school bailout debate is that poor urban districts like Detroit are underfunded compared to schools in more affluent suburbs. What this storyline fails to acknowledge is the role of federal money in hiking funding for poorer urban school districts. All school districts get some federal money, but poor districts get a lot more, and the difference is significant. Click to enlarge To illustrate, the average amount of federal money received by all Michigan school districts was $513 per pupil during 2014-15, but poor districts like Detroit ($3,494 per pupil), Benton...
  • University Drops Math Requirement for Diversity Class

    06/30/2016 6:53:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 30 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/27/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A faculty committee has proposed adding a three credit hours requirement in diversity to the general education curriculum at Wayne State University. It also recommended that WSU drop its university-wide requirement in mathematics, an idea that was carried out on June 13. “We are proposing the creation of specific ‘Diversity’ courses, with students required to take one course in this designation,” said a document from the General Education Reform Committee, which is recalibrating what the university will expect from all students who earn a degree from the state university. It released the proposal in May. The committee report said, “These...
  • Another School District-Teachers Union Pension Spiking Deal

    06/29/2016 1:12:09 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Another Michigan school district and a high-level executive from the state’s largest teachers union have entered into a pension spiking arrangement that benefits the union official financially. The deal will let Nancy Strachan, the vice president of the Michigan Education Association, use her six-figure union salary to draw larger benefits from the state-run school pension system. The deal between Strachan and Wayne-Westland Community Schools mirrors those benefiting several other union officials, and will allow her to collect approximately $16,200 extra per year from the underfunded system. The amount of a school employee's pension benefit is based on the person's years...
  • Ph.D. Not Good Enough, Professor: You Still Can't Teach in Detroit Schools

    06/29/2016 5:39:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 41 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/24/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Christopher Douglas is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he teaches a half dozen classes. He has undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and economics from Michigan Technological University as well as a doctorate in economics from Michigan State University. Yet, Douglas has said he would have to complete additional coursework and also pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification to teach at a public high school in Michigan. And he isn’t alone. Ross B. Emmett is a professor of political economy and political theory and constitutional democracy at James...
  • Narrative Trumps Facts When Reporting on Detroit Public Schools

    06/28/2016 1:07:15 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A Detroit Public Schools teacher who lives in Novi was the basis of an article in a suburban newspaper that inaccurately portrayed Detroit Public Schools as being neglected by policymakers and taxpayers when compared to suburban schools. The article appeared in the same week the Legislature approved a $617 million bailout of DPS, which included $150 million extra for unspecified spending. The article originally appeared in the Novi Hometownlife newspaper, with the title “Separate, unequal: Inside a Detroit classroom,” and then was picked up and run online by the Detroit Free Press. It made several claims that are not supported...
  • This out of control judge is exactly why I'm re-creating the Constitutional Convention

    06/27/2016 1:42:13 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Many of you have no doubt seen the horrible tragedy of Judge Richard Posner writing that "I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation" and have had the same response that I have. That's why I have been doing something about it. Blogging or making comments is too easy and probably doesn't have any impact anyways. We have a big problem in this country with elites believing that they have the right to totally control the...
  • School Superintendent Receives $787,500 Severance Package After Being Fired for THIS

    06/27/2016 6:57:19 AM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies
    http://constitution.com/ ^ | 06/27/2016 | Dave Jolly
    If you were to be fired from your job for negative performance, do you think you would get a severance package valued over three-quarters of a million dollars? I know I wouldn’t, but Valeria Silva is. Silva has been superintendent of the St. Paul, Minnesota, school district since 2009. During her tenure, school violence has been on the rise and a number of people blame her and her policies. Apparently, Silva is a fan of the Pacific Educational Group, a radical San Francisco consulting firm that concentrates on fighting white privilege at the cost of black and Hispanic students. They...
  • Coding bootcamps: Can you believe their claims?

    06/25/2016 6:29:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 25, 2016 | Max Lewontin
    The bootcamps promise 12-week immersive training programs, but critics say high job placement numbers may not be credible. Will federal loans help or undermine credibility and costs? To many students and career-changers hoping to gain programming skills and break into the lucrative tech world, coding bootcamps can seem like a promising option. Since 2012, such bootcamps have offered hands-on, intensive technical training in as little as 12 weeks, boasting job placements as high as 98 or 99 percent once students complete the program. But while advocates pitch them as an alternative to a traditional degree program, critics point to their...
  • Freedom of Speech is not Free; it is Beyond Price

    06/25/2016 2:32:06 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 25, 2016 | Dan Miller
    Accurate speech, considered "Islamophobic" or otherwise offensive to some, is now deemed "hateful" and punishable under distorted visions of law or university rules. So, apparently is the mention of God. Sometimes, those who dare to speak are silenced before they even begin.The First Amendment provides, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Congress is not permitted to ignore the First Amendment, but the...
  • Teaching Is an Art, Teachers are Not Made

    06/21/2016 10:06:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/21/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Mass government education is just mass indoctrination into a program mandated by the federal government across all fifty states “To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm.” – Friedrich Hayek, The Pretence of Knowledge The week of June 11, 2016 issue of The Economist published a one page editorial on “How to make a good teacher.” It makes a very weak case that teachers can be...
  • Don't rule out violence against Donald Trump, says one of UW's brightest

    06/19/2016 4:08:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Wisconsin State Journal ^ | June 19, 2016 | Chris Rickert
    An essay by an incoming UW-Madison doctoral student suggesting that violence might be the proper response to Donald Trump is drawing concern within the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Because apparently these days we’re a nation that is ready to nominate a buffoonish reality TV star for president and deem a “journalist” who excuses violence against that nominee as one of the “best-qualified applicants” at a world-renowned university. It all began with an essay self-described “smarmy liberal writer” Jesse Benn published on the Huffington Post earlier this month titled “Sorry liberals, a violent response to Trump is as...
  • Hate mail from Anti-Trump liberals

    06/19/2016 3:46:58 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 22 replies
    The Following are hate letters made by liberals mainly anti-trump lefties.  First: from pottyjesus666@hotmail.com I am from the Portsmouth NH area. I work nearby and live in Newington. When I find you I'm gonna beat the daylights out of you in public and piss all over you while you lay there twitching. F**K DONALD TRUMP! Bernie 2016! Next, we have one from redbrigadestreetfighters@hotmail.com F**K you right wing fascist! Donald Trump is worse than Hitler and Goebels. My grandfather was a German Communist who fought brownshirts like you back in the 20s and fought you in Spain! I'll take up his...
  • Administration Expands Student Loan Default Options [semi-satire]

    06/18/2016 11:01:07 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 June 2016 | John Semmens
    The Department of Education expanded the grounds under which students may be freed from their obligation to repay college loans. Under the new rules, students may be absolved from the obligation to repay loans if the education they received was inadequate. Secretary John King, Jr. explained that “much of what passes as education in our major universities is just crap. Universities know that majoring in ‘women’s studies,’ ‘gender studies,’ philosophy, and the like, won’t prepare graduates for high-paying jobs. Why should naive and ignorant young people have to bear the consequences that could have been avoided if they had received...
  • This School Is Out Of Line! They Are Teaching Kids Islamic Faith, Not History Of The Religion

    06/18/2016 9:46:32 AM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 16 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 6-18-16 | Wayne Dupree
    What would you do if your child came home from school and showed you the papers of how they were being taught the Islamic faith? I'm not just talking about a history lesson, kids are being taught the Islamic faith by liberal educators and unless you as a concerned parent or community member say something, things only going to get worse. Liberals have worked so hard to get prayer taking out of the school and now this! Over the years, they have even stopped prayer groups from coming together to high schools and college universities because these administrations did not...
  • Gunshot Lethality: Intention of the Shooter Makes the Largest Difference

    06/17/2016 11:43:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    When attempting to determine the statistical lethality of gunshot wounds, an important variable is often overlooked.  That is the intention of the shooter. It is not an easy variable to measure, but it is an overwhelming part of the dynamics of shooting situations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been collecting data on firearms injuries and fatalities for since 2001.  The individual years data have warnings that the numbers may be too small to be reliable, but there are significant advantages to the data set when looking at the aggregate numbers for the fourteen year period.  All...
  • Anti-Trump pro-Hillary rioters are modern day nazis

    06/16/2016 4:42:39 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | Mainestategop
    Just as their precursors the SA did in the 20s, today's Democratic liberals attack anyone they don't agree with. The left attacks and kills those who oppose them. The song is Stormlied the official anthem of the Sturmabetelung. CAUTION: CONTAINS VIOLENT IMAGES VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED
  • Republican candidate Donald Trump's talk worrying US-bound students

    06/16/2016 3:05:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Deccan Chronicle ^ | June 17, 2016 | Mahesh Avadhuta
    Republican candidate’s stand on visas, immigration leaves thousands of students in Hyderabad anxious. Hyderabad: US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent statement indicating that H-IB visas would be restricted, and his administration, if elected, would revisit the Optional Practical Training programme authorisation for F-1 visa holders, has created apprehensions among engineering graduates who are dreaming of higher education in the the United States. Although Mr Trump seems to have softened his stand since then, students and parents are closely watching as to who, Mr Trump or Ms Hillary Clinton, would become the US President after November 18 polls. Incidents of...
  • Professor rejects Marxism after traveling the globe: ‘Socialism doesn’t work’

    06/16/2016 12:22:01 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    thecollegefix.com ^ | June 16, 2016 | KATE HARDIMAN
    At least one professor in America does not feel the Bern. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Professor Jack Stauder says his political and ideological conversion away from socialism and Marxism occurred when he actually witnessed these systems in action. After traveling to more than 110 countries to pursue various forms of research, notably cultural anthropology, Stauder described his conversion from Marxism as a process of disillusionment. “I gradually became disenchanted with Marxism by visiting many of the countries that had tried to shape their societies to conform to its doctrines. I was disillusioned by the realities I saw in … socialist...