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  • State Board Prez Fights Parental Choice

    07/23/2014 3:58:37 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/20/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The president of the Michigan State Board of Education said there are “detrimental effects” on education performance with an "unregulated" school marketplace where parents are left to decide. John Austin made the comments in an email when asked about accountability of charter public schools. He said parents don’t have “perfect information” about education quality and “many parents and their students can't execute a choice if they wanted to… they don't have time energy, transportation money to pick or get to a different school.” (See Austin's full comment here). In a later phone interview, Austin said he considers Michigan to be...
  • An Interview with Kendall Jones

    07/23/2014 10:22:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    firstforhunters.wordpress.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Unknown
    If you’ve turned on the TV, radio, looked at a newspaper, or used the internet in these past few weeks, you have heard of Kendall Jones. Kendall Jones is a 19 year old cheerleader studying at Texas Tech who has stirred up some recent controversy. She is a seasoned hunter that has been lucky enough to travel to Africa to hunt the big five; work alongside organizations to provide meat to local communities and help treat wounded animals. Recently, she has been targeted on social media sites and attacked by news agencies for having pictures of her hunts published on...
  • Race-Based Grading at University of Wisconsin

    07/22/2014 11:24:47 AM PDT · by massmike · 21 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 07/22/2014 | Dave Blount
    Diversity — i.e., the displacement, marginalization, and eventual eradication of the sort of people we grew up thinking of as normal Americans — has been taken to new extremes by the moonbats running the University of Wisconsin–Madison: This spring, the university adopted a new plan that, according to Board of Regents policy, “[p]laces the mission of diversity at the center of institutional life so that it becomes a core organizing principle.” … This Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence sailed through our Faculty Senate without the least bit of attention… Of course no one objected. No one in academia who...
  • What Do Teachers Want to Support?

    07/22/2014 5:53:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/20/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The economic effects of state right-to-work laws are important, but these laws are significant for other reasons, too, namely the fact that employees cannot be forced to contribute money to a union they disagree with as a condition of their employment. This is especially significant because many labor unions, particularly in forced unionism states, are political organizations that spend money on issues that most people would consider partisan and contentious. Allysia Finley of The Wall Street Journal recently covered the National Education Association’s annual convention and explains how that union chose to spend its membership dues. The Michigan Education Association,...
  • Affirmative Action In College Grading

    07/22/2014 4:30:55 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 29 replies
    W. Lee Hansen, an economics professor at the University of Wisconsin, has argued for affirmative action in grading. The distribution of grades should be based on race rather than merit according to the professor. One imagines that a certain percentage of minority and female students would be required to get A’s regardless of whether they actually achieved an A grade. It is unclear whether the same is true at the bottom of the grading scale, though considering the purposes behind the professor’s proposal it’s unlikely. This sort of proposal isn’t just racist and sexist against white men. It’s racist and...
  • MO: Supreme Court Rules Right to Keep and Bear Arms Will be on August 5 Ballot

    07/21/2014 8:19:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Missouri will have a strengthened Right to Keep and Bear Arms provision on the August 5th ballot.  Yesterday the Supreme Court upheld rulings against foes of the amendment , who tried to keep it off the ballot.   The constitutional amendment was passed by overwhelming margins in the legislature, assuming that it would be on the November Ballot.   Governor Nixon (D) decided to put the measure on the August primary ballot instead.   A few days ago, Governor Nixon vetoed a popular gun law reform that was passed with veto proof margins in the house, and potentially veto proof margins...
  • Terrorist supporters behind the ‘Israel must die, long live Palestine’ mobs

    07/21/2014 9:04:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/21/14 | Judi McLeod
    While frightened little school children in Israel hide under their desks during Palestinian rocket attacks, street mobs in the rest of the world are chanting “Israel must die, long live Palestine” over and over again in raucous voices growing louder. With Israel under attack, Palestinian protesters in Paris, London and in North American cities like Chicago and Calgary took to the streets in clockwork fashion. The protesters never have to duck from physical harm. They count on total impunity in the democratic settings where they conduct their activism.
  • Dangerous to Young Children? Five Gallon Buckets or Guns?

    07/21/2014 6:03:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Which are more dangerous for young children, five gallon buckets or guns?  Five gallon buckets result in a small number of fatal accidents for young children; about 27 a year.   The accidents are not tracked as rigorously as those with firearms are.  I found a study that tracked them for six years.  From a pediatrics study:   Analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission data revealed 160 bucket-related drownings for the years 1984 through 1989, representing a mortality rate of 0.367 per 100 000 persons (younger than 2 years old) per year in the United States. I have not found numbers...
  • TX: First and Second Amendment Win in Arlington

    07/19/2014 7:12:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The first and second amendments of the Bill of Rights are essential for supporting each other.   The first amendment is essential to support the second, while the second amendment provides the means to protect the first.   It is clear that the open carry of firearms is itself a strong political message.   Openly carrying a gun is protected political speech. In Texas, open carry activists have been pushing hard to have the right to open carry modern handguns restored.   It was lost during reconstruction when the carpet bagger government rewrote the state constitution.   Open carry activists have participated in hundreds,...
  • DOCTOR WARNS — US Schools Could Face HEALTH CRISIS as Illegal Immigrants Enter Classrooms This Fall

    07/18/2014 6:45:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Elaina George, an ear, nose, throat and chest specialist from Atlanta, told Charles Payne on FOX News today that the US could be facing a health crisis as the thousands of newly illegal children enter the classrooms this fall. “There’s an example in Maryland, where parents got a letter from the school that there children had been exposed to an illegal child who had TB who was one of their classmates. So this fall it is potentially possible that these children entering the school systems could be carrying all sorts of things, diseases that are not on the radar.”...
  • DOCTOR WARNS — US Schools Could Face HEALTH CRISIS as Immigrants Enter Classrooms This Fall (VIDEO)

    07/18/2014 4:30:28 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 32 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Elaina George, an ear, nose, throat and chest specialist from Atlanta, told Charles Payne on FOX News today that the US could be facing a health crisis as the thousands of newly illegal children enter the classrooms this fall. “There’s an example in Maryland, where parents got a letter from the school that there children had been exposed to an illegal child who had TB who was one of their classmates. So this fall it is potentially possible that these children entering the school systems could be carrying all sorts of things, diseases that are not on the radar.”...
  • Veterans to Obama: You Turned Your Back on Us So We Will Turn Ours on You: Literally (VIDEO)

    07/18/2014 6:53:13 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com/ ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Burke
    President Obama’s visit to Delaware was not met with all cheers and admiration as his photo-op shots might suggest. BuzzPo reports that a group of 25 veterans decided to show Obama just what they think about his poor treatment of America’s veterans. Eric Reed, founder of Gun Rights Across America, spoke with the organizer of the back turning protest, Martin Nicholson. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, Nicholson gives the command to around 25 veterans to turn their backs to Barack Obama’s passing motorcade at approximately the 35-second mark. (Watch Video Below) They remain with their backs turned until...
  • KRIKORIAN: Hitting the boiling point over the border

    07/17/2014 6:22:00 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2014 | Mark Krikorian
    It’s probably not true that a frog will allow itself to be boiled alive if only the heat is raised slowly enough, but it’s an irresistible image nonetheless. However, the anti-borders forces — on the left and the right — have counted on such passivity among the public to incrementally erode the American people’s ability to decide who gets to move here from abroad. They have devised endless opportunities to appeal deportation decisions, prevented the implementation of needed control measures, pushed relentlessly to pierce numerical caps, and created strong incentives against government functionaries saying “no” to those who want to...
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes [criticizes people's improper use of grammar and bad spelling]

    07/16/2014 9:45:48 AM PDT · by grundle · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | "Weird Al" Yankovic
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc
  • Dinesh D'Souza Tells the True Story of America

    07/17/2014 6:21:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/18/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    The picture opens with a what-if scenario that includes the assassination of George Washington by a British sniper, and the subsequent disintegration of Mount Rushmore, the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the Statue of Liberty, as D’Souza asks, “What would the world look like if America did not exist?”
  • Banish the Playdate

    07/17/2014 6:00:58 AM PDT · by EBH · 34 replies
    DadNCharge ^ | 7/17/2014 | Chris Bernholdt
    When I was a kid and I wanted to play with my friends, I would call them up on the rotary phone. If I was lucky enough to get the push button phone, if my older brothers weren't on it, I would call them in succession running down a list of my go-to guys. "Brian, this is Chris, can you play?" He'd check with his mom or dad and come back on the phone or I'd hear the entire thing as if I was there "MOOOOOMMMM! CAN CHRIS COME OVER?" After confirmation, I'd jump on my bike and head to...
  • Michigan Teacher Pension Costs Increase To Nearly $1 Billion Per Year

    07/16/2014 11:20:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/14/2014 | Tom Gantert
    What started out as a $155 million tab in 2012 for public school employee pension and retirement health care costs will increase to $945 million by 2015, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency. The driver of the escalating costs is MPSERS' unfunded liability. The pension system's unfunded liability was $25.8 billion in 2013, up from $24.3 billion in 2012. The state's payments also go to defray retiree health care costs. The costs for the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System includes the $882.7 million the state is projecting to spend on retirement contributions for K-12 education in 2015 plus the...
  • The Hour of Temptation

    07/16/2014 8:37:41 AM PDT · by UnifiedSerenity · 6 replies
    Unified Serenity Blog ^ | 12/28/2013 | Unified Serenity
    I did a video last year to share what I have learned. Having studied this topic for the last 25 years, it is my desire to help others to wake up to the lies within our trusted systems. The church will fall into apostacy. Are you awake? Please watch the video http://unifiedserenity.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/the-hour-of-temptation-are-you-sleepy/
  • Union Bashing 'Big Oil' Has Pensions Invested In Exxon and Chevron

    07/16/2014 8:25:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/13/2014 | Manny Lopez
    Listen to the Michigan Education Association and you would think that anyone who dares talk to teachers about their rights is trying to destroy education in America. To some extent, the rhetoric is expected. Changes to the status quo in education mean that unions lose their stranglehold on the tax dollars they’ve become accustomed to getting with little accountability. The MEA does not like that the Mackinac Center for Public Policy is informing teachers of their rights under Michigan's right-to-work law. Teachers who belong to the MEA but do not want to support the union for any variety of reasons...
  • Revolving Shotgun Concept Suited for 3D Hybrid gun

    07/16/2014 5:47:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This homemade revolving shotgun design seems well suited for a 3D printed/hybrid metal version.    While the version pictured uses cut off chambers from cast off 12 gauge barrels, the same effect could be accomplished by using sections of the appropriately sized water/gas pipe or tubing.  The same tubing/pipe could be used for the barrel.  The concept would be that the 3D printed parts would comprise the cylinder into which the chambers would be fitted and glued, and which would have the more difficult mechanical details to revolve the cylinder.   Perhaps a modification of the zig-zag revolver design by Yoshitomo...
  • Failing Charter Public Schools Are Shut Down; Conventional Public Schools Remain Open

    07/16/2014 5:33:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/15/2014 | Tom Gantert
    There are 51 schools that have been in the bottom 5 percent of the Michigan Department of Education's Top-to-Bottom rankings three years in a row. Of those 51 schools, four were charter public schools and three of those four were closed. Meanwhile, the conventional public schools on the list remain open. "Charter schools have traditionally been the only public schools that have been held accountable for their performance," said Michigan Association of Public School Academies President Dan Quisenberry. "If they fail their students, they're closed down. That's never happened with a traditional public school, ever. What we need is this...
  • Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn’t know District of Columbia is in US

    07/15/2014 5:22:34 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 63 replies
    KIROTV ^ | July 15, 2014 | WFTV - Orlando
    WFTV - Orlando ORLANDO, Fla. — It's something most students learn in elementary school -- the United States is made up of 50 states and the District of Columbia. But Cox Media Group reporter Justin Gray found out it's a lesson that an Orlando agent with the Transportation Safety Administration seems to have missed. Gray, who lives in Washington, D.C., was flying out of Orlando International Airport when a TSA agent said Gray's District of Columbia driver's license wasn't a valid form of identification. Gray said his license is legal and up-to-date, but the TSA agent didn't seem to know...
  • Public School District Benefits By Branching Into Private Schools

    07/15/2014 5:56:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/12/2014 | Tom Gantert
    For years, Brighton Area Schools struggled with deficits and saw it balloon to $8.5 million in 2012-2013. That's up from $2.3 million in 2008-2009. However, the district now projects it cannot only be out of deficit, but show a surplus in 2014-15 thanks to its "shared services" program that brought the district $8 million dollars in 2013-14. "Where else are we going to generate $8 million a year?" said Brighton School Board Member Bill Trombley. "What else are you going to do?" Public schools can provide services to private schools in non-core areas such as art, computers, foreign language, music,...
  • Trayvon Martin friend Rachel Jeantel, who was humiliated during Zimmerman trial, turns life around

    07/14/2014 8:31:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Boroff
    One year after being outed as illiterate in the trial, Jeantel is a changed woman after graduating from high school. She hopes to get a college degree, too.She did it for Trayvon. One year after being outed as illiterate in the George Zimmerman murder trial, Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel is a changed woman after graduating from high school. Jeantel underwent seven hours of tutoring a day after her reading skills were ridiculed when she testified during the Florida trial last year at age 19. At the time, she had a fourth-grade reading level. "Very, very, very tough," she told...
  • Mexico And Guatemala Reach An Agreement

    07/14/2014 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 12 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/ ^ | July 14, 2014 | Jacqui Letellier
    NEW YORK – Mexico and Guatemala have reached an agreement that is intended to make it easier and safer for Central Americans, including unaccompanied minors, to enter the United States illegally. Though largely unreported in the U.S. mainstream media, the two nations agreed on July 7, in a presidential-level meeting in Mexico, to make it legal and safe for Central American immigrants, including unaccompanied minors, to cross Mexico’s border with Guatemala and transit Mexico en route to the U.S. border at the Rio Grande. The agreement apparently does not recognize that the result of such trips – entry into the...
  • Armed American Radio Live Thread (7-13-14)

    07/13/2014 5:00:24 PM PDT · by RandallFlagg · 11 replies
    Armed American Radio ^ | 7-13-14 | RandallFlagg
    The Armed American Radio broadcast with Mark Walters is on every Sunday 8PM Eastern, 5PM Pacific. Coming to you live from the Crossbreed Holsters Studio. Find AAR on your local stationFacebookListen LiveThe AAR iTunes podcasts are usually available the following Monday Are you sad because the GunTalk radio show with the awesome Tom Gresham ended it's last few minutes, and you have to wait a week for another firearms-related radio show to appear so you can listen? Do you crave to hear from the experts across the nation about our current problems regarding twisted politicians inflicting their anti-gun agendas on...
  • Common Core Equates George Washington to Palestinian Terrorists

    07/13/2014 3:30:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | July 12, 2014 | Dave Jolly
    How many times do I have to write about the problems discovered in Common Core teaching? This time it deals with Pearson Education, one of the leading companies that helps develop and train Common Core teaching. According to their website: “As the leading education services company, Pearson is serious about evolving how the world learns. We apply our deep education experience and research, invest in innovative technologies, and promote collaboration throughout the education ecosystem. Real change is our commitment and its results are delivered through connecting capabilities to create actionable, scalable solutions that improve access, affordability, and achievement.” [Emphasis mine]...
  • School Official Says Illegal Language Should Be Removed From Union Contract

    07/11/2014 1:23:32 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Unlike school officials in some other districts, the assistant superintendent of the Monroe Public Schools acknowledges that its union contract for teachers has provisions that are in violation of the state's right-to-work law and says they should be removed. The union contract, which runs from March 1, 2014 to Aug. 15, 2016, states that a teacher must pay union dues or an agency fee as a condition of employment. That is in conflict with the state's right-to-work law that took effect March 28, 2013. Assistant Superintendent Ryan McLeod said the school district doesn't follow the illegal practices spelled out in...
  • America’s Impending Tuberculosis Epidemic

    07/10/2014 8:10:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Chicago Boyz ^ | July 10, 2014 | Trent Telenko
    (NOTE — Update at the End of the Column) One of the things that changes you, when you become a parent, is the body of knowledge you acquire to protect your spouse and children including things like knowledge of infectious diseases in public schools. In my case that meant looking at the NY Times saying the following: “…the administration has begun to send the expected 240,000 migrants and 52,000 unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border illegally in recent months in the Rio Grande Valley to cities around the county.” And at headlines for the open border crisis like this...
  • Will Obama's Illegal Hispanic Children Invasion close US Public Schools before Labor Day?

    07/10/2014 8:31:21 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 36 replies
    Graewoulf | July 10, 2014 | Graewoulf
    By using summer vacation empty Public School classrooms as holding pens for the Illegal Hispanic Children Invaders, Obama has insured that these classrooms will not be de-loused and fumigated in time for Public School to start by Labor Day, 2014. This planned disruption of the normal Public School year was timed to disrupt the Fall Election Campaign, on a number of different topics, not the least of which is to provide a major distraction to numerous Obama scandals, mismanagement, and the total six year failure of the Democrat Party's Obama as a leader, both Foreign and Domestic. Did Obama time...
  • Dem Candidate Wants Double-Standard On School District Advertising

    07/10/2014 5:56:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate for governor, told MLive that if he's elected he promises to limit how much charter public schools could spend on advertising. The news site reported that "he also promised to limit advertising spending by for-profit operators." Schauer reportedly was upset that a national charter management company spent $300,000 in advertising. He did not, however, promise to stop or restrict traditional public schools from advertising, which school districts across the state do. In the summer of 2013, Milan Public Schools started an advertising campaign that it credits for increased enrollment. Milan Public Schools Superintendent Bryan Girbach...
  • Should Spanish be banned from all Public Schools in the USA?

    07/09/2014 7:32:50 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 59 replies
    Graewoulf | July 9, 2014 | Graewoulf
    Banning the teaching and speaking of Spanish in Public Schools would expel many Illegal Alien Invaders from US Public Schools, and thus reduce the financial impact to US Taxpayers whose taxes pay for Public Schools. The failure of the Obama Administration to protect the Citizens of the US from the expenses and job losses caused by the Invasion of Illegal Alien Invaders from Spanish-speaking countries proves that this Obama-caused "Dreamer" Invasion was implemented by Obama to "Fundamentally transform the United States of America."
  • School Children Teach The Obamas A Powerful Lesson

    07/08/2014 11:01:51 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-07-14 | James Raider
    Every school-age child in America is getting a serious dose of what it means to be governed by arrogance. Our school-age children are getting a taste of what an Administration, weaned on hateful communist dicta of Ayers and Alinsky, can ignorantly impose on the population when it has been given the power to do so. Michelle Obama’s personal crusade to find her entry into the history books besides being First Lady, has been to force schools to feed only certain foods to our children through the implementation of meal standards with the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” This imposition of...
  • Keeper of Names

    07/08/2014 8:58:16 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 43 replies
    Steve Peacock, poet | n/a | Steve Peacock
    (Based an actual encounter in an inner-city Trenton, NJ charter school). A poem.Keeper of Names By Steve Peacock Why do so many black students’ names end with “-quan” and “-asia,” the middle-aged white teacher inquires of the sole black educator in the break room. As I understand it, she replies humbly, (so as not to claim expertise on the matter), “quan,” like “DaeQuan,” has African roots. But what about “asia”? We’ve got Ta’Asia, Ti’Asia, Sequasia, Shyasia? I am truly unsure, she says. Still, he persists. There’s also Arquasia, Tintasia, and… I said I don’t know. Then there’s Quintasia, Sashasia… Oh...
  • International Climate Skeptics Gather in Las Vegas

    07/07/2014 7:14:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/6/2014 | Alan Caruba
    From July 7 to 9, the ninth International Conference on Climate Change will convene in Las Vegas in a dramatic demonstration that “global warming” was a huge hoax and the claims that “climate change” is responsible for everything are a continuation of that fraud.
  • More taxpayer dollars for green energy?

    07/07/2014 7:05:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/7/2014 | Marita Noon
    There is an intentional tension in Washington. Our founding fathers planned that opposing views would balance each other out—a push-pull takes place. Spend. Don’t spend. This tug-of-war is seen, perhaps most obviously, in the so-called renewable energy field. After Solyndra, and the more than fifty other stimulus-funded green energy projects that have failed or are circling the drain, the public has grown weary, and wary, of any more spending on green energy. The money isn’t there to spend and the motive behind the 2009 rush to push billions of taxpayer dollars out through the Department of Energy has been tainted...
  • ACORN For Illegal Aliens – Meet The Southwest Key Programs

    07/06/2014 10:30:56 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/ ^ | July 6, 2014 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Are you curious who has been facilitating the transport of illegal alien children throughout the country? Look no moreÂ… meet La Raza connected Southwest Key Programs. This organization is the pipeline for the children into US refugee camps and homes across the nation. They provide immigrant youth shelters. It is a well-oiled machine that was set up to educate and reintegrate youth into American society. They also provide training for jobs. And baby, they are hiring. Southwest Key Programs is funded by government and state programs. Here is an overview of what they do: Southwest Key Programs is a national...
  • Duke Law professor calls for ‘real conflict’ in USA over inequality, climate change

    07/04/2014 12:37:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 4, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Jedediah Purdy, a professor of law at Duke University Law School, is vexed by the two biggest problems facing the United States. No, not a chronically low labor participation rate, not an economic recovery which often looks more like a recession, not the renewed aggression of great powers like China or Russia, or the collapse of smaller powers in Central America and the Middle East. Taking to the pages of Politico Magazine, Purdy warned in stark terms of the real problems facing the country. They just happen to be problems which have always been and always will be problems; the...
  • Public School Administrators Complain About Pension Costs; Don't Offer Solutions

    07/03/2014 2:15:18 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/1/2014 | Tom Gantert
    School superintendents across the state are starting to take their message about rising teacher retirement costs directly to parents. Midland Public Schools Superintendent Michael Sharrow wrote June 16 that retirement costs were costing the district an extra $60 per student. Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Susan Zurvalec also told parents in a letter the district's budget woes were tied to costs related to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System. Teachers across the state still get traditional pensions as retirement benefits. Other state workers and most people employed in the private sector have 401(k)-type retirement plans. The unfunded liability for teacher...
  • First lady Michelle Obama speaks about education at Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotel

    07/01/2014 7:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WESH-TV ^ | July 1, 2014 | Gail Paschall-Brown
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —First lady Michelle Obama addressed the American School Counselor Association at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday morning. "Thank you for your passion and your dedication. Thank you for refusing to give up," Obama said. Obama talked about the role school counselors play in getting students and parents the resources they need to pursue higher education. "The national average is one school counselor for every 471 students, and that's outrageous," Obama said. "They can and should use their budget to create progressive budgets for school counselors." Obama said school counselors are the key...
  • School Districts Copying Each Other's Homework While Calling Increased Funding a 'Cut'

    07/01/2014 6:22:53 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Susan Zurvalec said in a June 13 letter to parents that a $50 per-pupil increase in the school's foundation allowance "means another $335,000 loss for Farmington Public Schools …” There are now two superintendents in Oakland County claiming an increase in funding somehow translates to an overall loss of revenue for the district. Walled Lake Consolidated Superintendent Kenneth Gutman made a similar claim recently. For Farmington Public Schools, Zurvalec appears to come to the loss by taking the $83 per-pupil foundation allowance increase the district had budgeted to receive and factored how much less the district...
  • Conservative University’s “Sex, Lies and Women’s Studies” on Gender Pay Gap (VIDEO)

    07/01/2014 12:13:02 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 1 replies
    Accuracy In Academia ^ | July 1 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    (Excellent Informative Video) Is there a gender pay gap? Economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a former Undersecretary of Labor, says no. Mrs. Roth is currently the Director of Economics21 & Senior Fellow at The Manhattan Institute. In this presentation, she will deconstruct “pay inequality” in America by discussing its myths and realities.
  • Jonathan Turly Weighs In On Supreme Court Ruling & Executive Orders Special Report

    06/30/2014 5:00:48 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/ ^ | June 30, 2014 | You Tube
    Video - special report with Jonathan Turly on SCOTUS ruling.
  • Why higher education costs what it does. Part 1.

    06/30/2014 12:18:10 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-30-14 | DrJohn
    It's a crisis. Costs are skyrocketing for this faster than anything else. Something has to be done. Health care? No. Education. Educational costs are rising faster than a Delta weather rocket. The ballooning costs of higher education dwarfs the increased costs of health care: We're being drained for educational expenditures- what do we get for it? Less and less. And yet, somehow the United States continues to lag the world in education. This is a lousy return on investment. Let's have a look as to why the costs of education are exploding. 1. Fauxchohontas Schools pay educators to teach one...
  • Dr. Duke Pesta - Common Core - Manufacturing Compliant Drones

    06/29/2014 8:22:40 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies
    The Mind Renewed ^ | June 27, 2014 | Julian Charles and Dr. Duke Pesta
    Everyone believes in "standards" don't they? So what could possibly be wrong with "Common Core" (the US education system's "Common Core State Standards Initiative")? After all, is it not "a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English... created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live"?* Not according to Dr. Duke Pesta, professor of English at The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, who joins us for an extended and detailed interview on the genesis, content and ideology of Common Core...
  • Illinois: a Democrat Party paradise of unions and crime

    06/29/2014 8:17:22 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/29/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The restoration of the University of Illinois’ iconic Alma Mater statue in April of this year comes with very mixed emotions. After undergoing a $300,000, two year restoration effort, our academic mother rests on her pedestal, arms outstretched once again welcoming us to Wright and Green Streets. But haven’t our university and other Illinois colleges and universities really made Illini citizens the children of cobblers who have no shoes? How can the state with such a proud academic and medical reputation be in such horrific disarray? Reading the most recent alumni magazine is disconcerting. “Blue Waters supercomputer on the Urbana...
  • Huckabee's EXCLUSIVE interview with Justina Pelletier who was abducted by Mass. DCF

    06/28/2014 7:36:01 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | You tube
    Huckabee has been Justina Pelletier's champion for the mast several months. Justina was abducted by Boston's Children's and Mass DCF on the grounds that her disease was all in her head - somatoform disorder.
  • Tsunami of Foreign Minors to Hit Public Schools, Texas Officials Silent

    06/28/2014 4:13:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Texas ^ | June 28, 2014 | Merrill Hope
    DALLAS, Texas--Nerves are starting to fray. Texans want answers about the tsunami of undocumented and unaccompanied minors that may well hit public school classrooms this Fall. Breitbart Texas reported that the Clear Lake Tea Party (CLTP) voiced strong concerns about how these minors will be absorbed into classrooms across the state. Locally, it stands to tax Texans in more ways than one and how schools prepare comes with a surprising answer. Breitbart Texas asked Texas Education Agency (TEA) Director of Media Relations Debbie Ratcliffe who said, "We are monitoring the situation but, at this point, we have no districts report...
  • Guns, Bathrooms, and Legal Consequences

    06/27/2014 5:47:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    One of the most legally dangerous places to carry a handgun is in the bathroom.   It may not be as legally dangerous as an airport, but it ranks high on the list for the same reason: it creates an environment where it is easy to make a legally dangerous mistake.  A church going lady in Wisconsin found this out in March.   She will recover from the error, but it has already cost her significant time, money, and stress.   From jsonline.com: Susan Hitchler, 66, was charged in April with negligent handling of a weapon, a misdemeanor. The complaint indicated that...
  • School District's Math Doesn't Add Up

    06/27/2014 5:08:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The superintendent of the school district that has on average the third-highest paid teachers in the state said in a letter posted on the district's website that a $50 per-pupil foundation allowance increase from the state was "devastating." Walled Lake Consolidated School District Superintendent Kenneth Gutman's response to the state budget claimed the $50 per-pupil increase in funding would translate to "another $518,000 loss for Walled Lake Schools." A $50 per-pupil increase for a district with 15,000 students would generate about $750,000 more dollars for the district. It's unclear how Gutman came up with the loss figure. In the letter,...