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  • Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air

    01/30/2015 11:10:16 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/29/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Anyone seeking evidence that the new state Senate would vote to reform the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System by putting new employees into 401(k) plans may be disappointed. Based on responses from six GOP Senators who were not in office when the question came up for a vote nearly three years ago, the prospect is a murky and tenuous “maybe.” In what was seen as a surprise move at the time, on May 17, 2012, the Senate voted 20-18 to close the pension system to new hires and offer them 401(k)-style plans in its place. But then the House...
  • Who We Are... and Who Barack Obama Is Not

    01/30/2015 10:41:05 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 30, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The current Resident of the White House is fond of stating something of which he disapproves – say, interrogating terrorists or growing the economy – and closing the point with the words “But that’s not who we are.” It is condescending, patronizing, smarmy… it is in fact the perfect example of what has always been wrong with the Obama persona – he talks down to his audience, sets up straw men to knock down, sets American against American, in not only class warfare but every other arena as well, all the while mischaracterizing the issue itself. Young against old, healthy...
  • California-school mind control: grades for “Gratitude”

    01/30/2015 9:37:06 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 23 replies
    Jon Rappoport's Blog ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jon Rappoport
    California-school mind control: grades for “Gratitude” By Jon Rappoport January 30, 2015 http://www.nomorefakenews.com The Sacramento Bee has the story. 1/27/15, “Grit and gratitude join reading, writing and arithmetic on report cards,” by Loretta Kalb: “Across the state, report cards are undergoing a sea change in how students are measured for academic performance. Where teachers once graded students [only] on traditional math or English skills, they now judge attributes such as grit, gratitude or being sensitive to others…Districts are changing their report cards to reflect the new Common Core State Standards…” “…when it comes to attributes such as grit or being...
  • Open Carry Activists in Texas Gain Ground

    01/30/2015 4:38:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry activists at the State Capitol in Austin. The movement to restore open carry to Texas has heated up in the last year and a half.  It arguably accelerated with  C.J. Grisham being accosted by a police officer in rural Bell County.  An army veteran whose family owns thousands of acres in Bell county,  Grisham was eventually convicted of "interfering with police duties" after a second jury trial.  He is paying a $2,000 fine.  On the installment plan.  In nickles.   The results are still under appeal.  Many who have watched the video of the event think the police...
  • NP3 High School principal responds to concerns over Hijab Day with smears

    01/30/2015 1:50:30 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 14 replies
    JihadWatch.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    NP3 High School principal responds to concerns over Hijab Day with smears Tom RuttenThe exchange below is yet another example of how one side of the debate about Sharia and jihad is trying to have a rational discussion, while the other responds only with slogans and smears. A woman in California responded to my call yesterday to write to NP3 High School principal Tom Rutten. She then received the email below, which is drearily predictable with its cries of “hate” and lack of specific response to any of the concerns she raised. She kindly forwarded this response to me, and...
  • (from Yesterday) Today is Hijab Day at NP3 High School, a public charter school in Sacramento, Calif

    01/29/2015 3:21:24 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 16 replies
    JihadWatch.org ^ | January 28, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    A Jihad Watch reader in the Sacramento area has sent me this flier (click to enlarge), showing that today is NP3 Hijab Day at NP3 High School. NP3 stands for Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep; the school is in the Natomas Unified School District in Sacramento. This all started with a student at NP3 High who is an intern for the Hamas-linked terror organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). This student gave a presentation about Islamophobia and Islam at what was a mandatory staff meeting that also included an official CAIR representative. The school then now decided to sponsor an...
  • Tech’s High Barrier to Entry for the Underprivileged

    01/28/2015 8:54:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Medium's Backchannel ^ | January 25, 2015 | Gerard O'Neill
    For many people who didn’t grow up in or around New York City, there are a few things that come to mind when they hear the name “Brooklyn.” Many automatically think of hipsters and indie rock concerts. Some think of artsy lofts and farmers markets. Others think of “brownstone Brooklyn,” where one can potentially afford a cute home and raise a middle-class family without the distance and suburban-like qualities of Queens. What people typically don’t think about are the underprivileged communities that exist here, many of which have become home to people priced out of their old homes in brownstone...
  • The Free Community College Plan is Obama’s G.I. Bill (Wait, he's serious!)

    01/25/2015 4:10:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jonathan Alter
    The president’s plan to make community college free for everyone is the best news for the middle class in a long time. President Obama this month gave the best State of the Union address of his presidency but it was largely written in disappearing ink. Like the vast majority of presidential speeches, little of it lingers. But one proposal in the speech could prove historic. While Obama’s $60 billion plan for two free years of community college is dead-on-arrival in the Republican Congress, it is very much alive in American politics, where progressives now have an aspirational, easy-to-understand issue to...
  • President Touts Expansion of Welfare State to Boost “Middle Class” [semi-satire]

    01/25/2015 9:21:57 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    In his 2015 State-of-the Union address, President Obama lamented the unfairness of a society where only the few do spectacularly well. He proposed to rectify this injustice by expanding government programs that would offer pittances to a broader number of people who comply with specified behaviors. One stark example was the President’s proposal to penalize individuals who set aside money for their own children’s education with higher taxes that would be used to partially fund community college for all. “Why should those who have the means to finance their own children’s college be permitted to do so when the children...
  • Misreading Robert E. Lee - A Video Review of Elizabeth Brown Pryor's "Reading the Man"

    01/24/2015 2:25:41 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 39 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 1/23/2015 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Dr. Bryon McClanahan reviews Pryor's work on Lee. He is quite critical and discusses major problems with the book as well as the "trendy" practice by modern historians of "humanizing" (tearing down) American heroes . . .
  • Common Core: When Radicals Defend 'Standards'

    01/24/2015 1:07:00 PM PST · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | Apr 5, 2013 | Mary Grabar
    When the radicals start defending “standards,” that’s when you have to become suspicious—of the standards. That is the case with Obama’s federalized education plan called Common Core. Perhaps there is no clearer sign than when Mother Jones mocks alarms raised about Common Core’s national tests and student data tracking that will eliminate local control, and effectively, private and home schooling. When Linda Darling-Hammond, close pal of Bill Ayers, is in charge of developing tests, beware! As I noted in my “Dissident Prof” post, the defenders of Common Core need to look at the reality, look at the money trail, look...
  • Oakland Public Elementary School Devotes Week to Extolling Black Panther Party

    01/24/2015 12:43:45 PM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 01/24/2015 | n/a
    Glenview Elementary, the Oakland public elementary school that last year horrified parents with its homosexual indoctrination of children as young as five, doesn’t limit itself to promoting perversity. Instilling Black Power dogma is also crucial if children are to grow up to be politically correct Democrats. This includes deification of the violent Black Panthers. A parent received this flyer by email:
  • Author who calls for studying slavery reparations speaks in Iowa

    01/23/2015 12:04:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | January 22, 2015 | Dar Danielson
    A national correspondent for “The Atlantic Magazine” who gained attention for an article calling on the United States to study possible reparations for slavery was in Iowa this week to speak at Grinnell College’s Martin Luther King Junior Day events. In an interview with Radio Iowa, Ta-Nehisi Coates says the idea of reparations for slavery is as old as the country itself. “Immediately after the Revolutionary War you had black people who had been enslave by the British making that argument that post-colonial, not really colonial government, reclaimed the property of British slave holders that African Americans who had been...
  • Dart Center for Shoddy Journalism?

    01/23/2015 8:50:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The above is a screenshot from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma's call for applications from journalists to attend a "workshop for journalists on covering guns and gun violence".   It is from dartcenter.org website, so you can look for yourself. In their invitation to apply for a two day workshop in which they purport to educate journalists about how to report on guns and "gun violence", they list a  highly questionable "fact". They state that: Nearly 100 school shootings have occurred since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary only two years ago. Presumably, this is taken from...
  • School Choice Allows Student to Succeed at Stanford

    01/23/2015 5:09:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/22/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Last April, Michigan Capitol Confidential published “From Detroit to the Ivy League: One Student’s Journey,” about Cesar Chavez Academy student Daniel Felix, who comes from a poor community but achieved high academic scores and letters of acceptance from many of the top universities in the country. The best research shows that students in charter public schools in Michigan gain an academic advantage over their conventional school counterparts. According to a study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), charter students in Detroit gain three months of additional learning compared to students of similar backgrounds in Detroit Public Schools....
  • Convicted by the FBI and DOJ | Obama, Holder, Sharpton

    01/22/2015 7:48:44 AM PST · by RobaWho · 10 replies
    Rob Cunningham ^ | 1/21/2015 | Rob Cunningham
    Today, the FBI and DOJ have VERIFIED #Obama's malicious, pre-mediated #racism, attempted character assassination and gross endangerment of every #police officer in America. A joint FBI/DOJ investigation of #Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's shooting of strong arm felon-suspect #MichaelBrown, has been validated as pure self-defense, fully exonerating Officer Darren Wilson. This FBI/DOJ decision exposes the FACT that racial politics MUST have been the ONLY possible calculation Obama used to deploy Al #Sharpton and Eric #Holder to Ferguson, just as Al-Qaida deploys IEDs - each designed to explode on impact. Today's FBI/DOJ exoneration of Officer Wilson translates into this: there was...
  • MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming Believers a ‘Cult’

    01/21/2015 10:54:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 21, 2015 | Howie Carr
    An MIT professor of meteorology is dismissing global-warming alarmists as a discredited “cult” whose members are becoming more hysterical as emerging evidence continues to contradict their beliefs. During an appearance on this writer’s radio show Monday, MIT Professor emeritus Richard Lindzen discussed the religious nature of the movement. “As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical. I think that’s what’s happening here. Think about it,” he said. “You’ve led an unpleasant life, you haven’t led a very virtuous life, but now you’re...
  • Canned Goods to Provide Security at Alabama School [satire]

    01/21/2015 1:07:03 PM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    Huntsville, Alabama’s W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscilla Holley sent a letter home with students asking the parents of each of them to equip their child with 8 ounces of canned goods that the student would use as a weapon against armed intruders. The idea is that the possibility of being hit by a can of beans would deter gunmen from harming the children. A key feature of this plan, according to Holley, is “the element of surprise. We believe that a barrage of cans thrown by our 12 and 13 year-old students would be a formidable response.” The Principal...
  • A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea

    01/21/2015 11:35:39 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 4 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/21/15 | Steve Berman
    Taxing Section 529 tax-free education plans is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea. Of all the lying, broken campaign promises,and studied burglary President Obama has committed over the past six years—seven really, if you count his first campaign—this has to be the worst. He who can’t help but toot his own horn (tooting his horn was his only moment of clarity in the whole State of the Union Speech), said this last night: Of course, the education race doesn't end with a high school diploma. To compete, higher education must be within the reach of every American. (Applause.) That's why we've ended...
  • Rampell: Dangerously in denial on climate change

    01/20/2015 11:16:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | January 20, 2015 | Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post
    Last year, government scientists tell us, was the hottest year on record. This news is terribly — what's the word? — inconvenient. No, not for polar bears or drought victims or coastal dwellers. It's inconvenient for politicians across the country who, despite whatever data or overwhelming scientific consensus might be proffered, insist on denying global warming. In recent weeks, West Virginia has snatched national headlines for its attempts to doctor school science standards to discredit climate change. The sixth-grade science curriculum, for example, was amended so that, rather than having students "clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the...
  • Free Community College - Economics and Education in Freefall Together

    01/19/2015 12:16:24 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 10 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 19, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Democrats have long called for grammar school to be “free” (that is, taxpayer-funded)… and they’ve long called for high school to be “free” (yes, even more taxpayer-funded)… and now the Democrats are calling for college – or at least the first two years of it – to be free as well. The proposal can – and should – be shot down with a single point: The United States is, by any measure of the term, bankrupt. We have gone from 7 trillion dollars in debt to 15 trillion in just six years, more than doubling a national debt that had...
  • Will they be asking Muslims to “justify” their beliefs as well?

    01/19/2015 8:39:40 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/19/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Those who don’t live in the rural South find stories like this difficult to believe. We imagine an increased level of freedom in our idealized version of things in Dixie. Alas that’s not quite how things are. Recently the parents of home schooled children in Goochland County, Virginia had to rise up in fury to force the county’s school board to back down from a most intrusive demand. It seems surreal to even contemplate this, but the power drunk school board members had to be made to abandon their demand that home-schooled children and their parents be required “to justify...
  • Email to Kate at the Dart Center on their Media Workshop on Guns and Gun Violence

    01/18/2015 9:29:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma has accepted money from the highly partisan Everytown for Gun Safety to put on a two day seminar on covering guns and gun violence.  They have already been criticized for creating a propaganda vehicle using money supplied by Michael Bloomberg.   As their article includes the sensationalist and discredited claim that there have been "nearly 100 school shootings"  since Sandy Hook, it is hard to consider them unbiased.   Nonetheless, I sent the point of contact an email asking that she include voices with assumptions other than that of Michael Bloomberg.  Here is...
  • Need a good civil rights documentary for my young homeschooled kids (Vanity)

    01/18/2015 8:12:08 PM PST · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 57 replies
    Jan. 18, 2015 | moi
    Our kids are in second grade (homeschooled with me and my husband) and while they probably know more about the Civil War than most seven-year-olds, we haven't gotten into civil rights issues from the 1950's and 60's yet. However, our kids are old enough now to pick up on things from the radio and newspaper, so I think it's time to start to cover that. I'm looking for a relatively short documentary (or recordings of particular speeches, etc.) that presents Jim Crow, civil rights, MLK, etc. fairly factually and without a heapin' helping of white self-hate added in. (I also...
  • Devaluing Education in America

    01/18/2015 6:44:37 PM PST · by LizHarrison · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1-15-2015 | Liz Harrison
    Education in America is arguably one of the most contradictory institutions in existence. Teaching as a vocation is both under and over valued, depending on which level one is considering. Many Americans are quick to protest wage and benefit increases when it comes to teachers in public schools. Primarily because it is a readily seen expense on the local level. However, the same issue causes calls for more Federal or State dollars in schools, ostensibly to improve their performance. Once the issue moves on to collegiate level, there are cries about the high expense of tuition in state and private...
  • Islamophobic rally in Texas as senators push for anti-Palestinian bill (Look at the source)

    01/18/2015 3:14:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Electronic Intifada ^ | January 18, 2015 | Patrick Strickland
    Hunders of people took part in an anti-Muslim rally in Garland, Texas, on 17 January, outside a school building hosting a Muslim community event.A new bill introduced in the United States Senate demands that President Barack Obama move the US embassy from its present location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as reported by the right-wing Times of Israel website. Sponsored by hardline Republican Senators Dean Keller of Nevada and Ted Cruz of Texas, the bill – the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2015 – is an updated version of previous bills that sought the same goal. The Jerusalem Embassy...
  • Kentucky proposal: Encounter a transgender person in the wrong restroom, sue for up to $2,500

    01/18/2015 9:01:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Nation ^ | January 17, 2015 | Peter Holley
    A proposal in the Kentucky legislature would require that transgender students avoid school restrooms, locker rooms and showers that don’t correspond with their sex assigned at birth. The Kentucky Student Privacy Act, sponsored by Republican state Sen. C.B. Embry, is also designed to punish school administrators who give transgender students access to school facilities designated for the opposite sex. “Parents have a reasonable expectation that schools will not allow minor children to be viewed in various states of undress by members of the opposite biological sex, nor allow minor children to view members of the opposite sex in various states...
  • Middle school tries to hide 'gay' assembly from parents

    01/17/2015 6:02:25 PM PST · by massmike · 21 replies
    http://massresistance.com/ ^ | 01/17/2015 | n/a
    A middle school in suburban Boston clandestinely scheduled an assembly to introduce and recruit students to the school’s new “gay-straight alliance” club -- without parental notification. But after MassResistance intervened, the school relented and notified parents about the time and nature of the assembly. The school later told a parent that they were using the new “anti-bullying” laws as a reason for bringing the programming to the school. As MassResistance recently reported, a major push of the national LGBT movement is to put “Gay Straight Alliance” clubs (GSAs) into middle schools, targeting younger students (ages 11-13). These GSAs provide a...
  • Will School Lunches Destroy Progressivism?

    01/16/2015 7:24:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Jan. 16, 2015 | Rodney L. Pearson
    Students across the United States are getting a taste of progressivism. And it doesn’t seem to please their palates. The implementation of Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity lunch standards is encountering backlash from students and school administrators across the country. The program seems to have taught them a valuable lesson in the realities of progressivism -- that when American voters give up power to busy-body progressives, the result is more control over their lives and the loss of individual liberties. They responded to this newfound reality with boycotts, social media angst, and filled trash cans instead of filled bellies.According to the Government...
  • The Essence of Conservatism

    01/16/2015 5:10:41 PM PST · by donaldo · 7 replies
    The Russell Kirk Center | Russell Kirk
    http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/detail/essence-1957/ A very good list of the essentials of conservatism. Russell Kirk - “Conservatism is something more than mere solicitude for tidy incomes.”
  • POV: An Emerging Movement Reminds Us of the Promise of MLK

    01/16/2015 10:11:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Boston University Today ^ | January 16, 2015 | Professor Phillipe Copeland
    Generational awakening of New Abolitionists honors the dead and fights for the living.How do you measure commitment? Is it the willingness to take a day out of life and sacrifice it to history, to plunge for one morning or afternoon into the unknown, to engage in one solitary act of defiance against all the arrayed power of established society? Then tens of thousands, mostly black, some white have committed themselves…by the simple act of joining a demonstration. —Howard Zinn, commenting on the Civil Rights Movement’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating CommitteeZinn, a historian who taught in the College of Arts &...
  • Duke Reverses Muslim Call to Prayer Decision

    01/16/2015 9:48:18 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/16/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim Students Association behind the effort In a move described as an initiative to promote “religious pluralism,” Duke University announced Tuesday it would broadcast a weekly call to prayer for Muslims from the Duke Chapel bell tower each Friday at 1 p.m. Yesterday, however, the University reversed itself. “Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students,” said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. “However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.” Thus Duke takes a...
  • Pope Francis: This is why authentic dialogue with Islam is impossible

    01/16/2015 5:39:36 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 3 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 16, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    In his Encyclical Letter Ecclesiam Suam, Pope Paul VI told us that, "The Church must enter into dialogue with the world in which it lives. It has something to say, a message to give, a communication to make." (No. 65). The Holy Father goes on to say that, "Dialogue, therefore, is a recognized method of the apostolate. It is a way of making spiritual contact. It should however have the following characteristics: 1) Clarity before all else; the dialogue demands that what is said should be intelligible. We can think of it as a kind of thought transfusion. It is...
  • A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice

    01/16/2015 4:37:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/15/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Robert Luce lives in and pays property taxes to Canton Township. On a daily basis he watches school buses from the Plymouth-Canton school district pass by his house. However, the subdivision where Luce lives is located within the jurisdiction of the Wayne-Westland school district. This is also the district to which Luce and his neighbors pay school taxes. An elementary school in Plymouth-Canton is one mile away from his home, Luce said. The closest Wayne-Westland elementary school is four miles away. “It makes no sense,” Luce said. For parents it makes a great deal of difference though, and not just...
  • For black students at UC Berkeley, protests are about Ferguson — and their own lives

    01/15/2015 9:14:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Berkeleyside ^ | January 15, 2015 | Mara Van Ells
    On Dec 4, 2014, the Black Student Union of UC Berkeley held the first of three protests. Students occupied The Golden Bear Cafe for 4.5 hours, the amount of time Michael Brown’s body lay in the street in Ferguson, Mo.Over the last month, the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley has organized three separate events to protest police killings of unarmed black men. Students have marched on the streets, through local businesses, and sat in at cafés. The demonstrations have allowed students to grieve, heal, and show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson and Staten Island. But they have also been...
  • “Free” Education With Strings Attached

    01/15/2015 9:59:25 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/15/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If you think college tuition is expensive now, wait until it is free If you think college tuition is expensive now, wait until it is free. Two years of “free” community college sounds wonderful, even though some students who just graduated felt cheated that they did not get it “free” and, in the name of fairness and justice, retroactive reimbursement was immediately demanded. The President announced that two years of junior college will be free if “you are willing to work hard.” Was he referring to working hard to keep up stellar grades or doing community service in exchange for...
  • Throw More Money into Government-Controlled Education

    01/15/2015 9:54:37 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/15/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Government curricula can thus make children believe whatever they want them to believe through subtle and subliminal brainwashing The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, wants to have “equity” in education and to replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) with a new law that would include government-funded preschool. The sooner the collectivist indoctrination starts, the better. NCLB already cost taxpayers $25 billion in 2014. Government failed miserably with Head Start but the taxpayers’ memories are short. Sec. Duncan wants to throw $1 billion more to the Title I program to low-income school districts with no guarantee that it will make...
  • As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted

    01/13/2015 7:07:16 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Last fall the Pontiac School District announced it had cut its deficit by $12.6 million in one year thanks in part to “substantial employee concessions," according to the Oakland Press. But citizens had to take the district's word about any concessions because it has failed to post the two most recent teacher contracts, ones signed in July 2012 and June 2013. This despite Michigan Department of Education regulations that require school districts provide a copy of their current union contract within 30 days of any changes being made. The school district did turn over copies of the two most recent...
  • Democratic Mayor Of Syracuse Appoints Nation Of Islam Minister To School Board

    01/12/2015 2:54:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 11, 2015 | Eric Owens, education editor
    Stephanie Miner, the Democratic Mayor of Syracuse, N.Y., appointed Mark D. Muhammad to the Syracuse city school board last week. Muhammad is a minister in the Nation of Islam — a very wealthy, U.S.-based religious organization that mixes the tenets of Islam with notorious notions of black supremacy. The current leader of the Nation of Islam is Louis Farrakhan. Muhammad, 54, will serve the remainder of the term to which commissioner Bill Bullen was elected until the next election in November, reports Post-Standardullen is leaving town.) In addition to his role as a Nation of Islam minister, Muhammad is an...
  • Throw Islamists out or give them the "peace" of Islam they seek

    01/10/2015 10:44:12 AM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 10, 2015 | Dan Miller
    They should welcome Islamic peace, including eternal bliss with their beautiful virgins. Many more of us await you. Hurry up! The attacks by adherents to the Religion of "Peace" in France were not the first, nor will they be the last, by "extremists" who live for nothing better than to demonstrate Islamic tolerance by slaughtering blasphemers who mock their "holy prophet" or otherwise insult Islam. We are told, ad nauseam, that they and their cohorts -- like the Islamic State -- are not Islamic: the Fort Hood massacre was mere "workplace violence" that had nothing to do with Islam, the Islamic Republic of Iran can be trusted with nukes...
  • President Suggests Free Community College for Everyone [satire]

    01/09/2015 9:21:21 PM PST · by John Semmens · 19 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    Taking heed of the nation's lowest workforce participation rates since the 1970s, President Obama suggested a plan for government funding of community college for every high school student with a C average or better. "We have liberated more people from wage slavery than any prior administration," Obama boasted. "While this, in itself, is a remarkable achievement we shouldn't rest on our laurels. We need to go the next step." Why free community college would be the "next step" was explained by the President's assertion that "going to college is a great experience that no one should be denied just because...
  • Florida court exposes out of control gun policy

    01/09/2015 4:42:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Florida International University Student Media ^ | January 9, 2015 | Alan Di Diego and Stephanie Piedrahita
    3 years ago, Jared Bretherick was cruising in a car with his family close to Orlando when another vehicle, steered by Derek Dunning, nearly sideswiped their car. A brief confrontation ensued, during which Bretherick’s father dialed 911 and unveiled a holstered weapon. Dunning got back inside his car and began backing it up toward the Brethericks. When officers arrived at the scene, Bretherick was aiming his father’s gun at Dunning’s vehicle. He was detained, arrested and charged with aggravated assault. In Bretherick’s first court hearing, he pursued legal immunity under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The statute, which attracted national...
  • Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts

    01/09/2015 10:21:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association has threatened to file an unfair labor practice complaint against the Northport Public Schools superintendent because of conversations he had with local union officials over removing illegal language discovered in the district's labor contract. The contract, signed on June 24, 2013, states: “Each bargaining unit member shall, as a condition of employment … join the Association (union) or pay a service fee to the Association.” Under the Michigan right-to-work law enacted in 2012, workers in a unionized workplace can no longer be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. Union contracts...
  • Dishonest Republicans Propose Gas Tax Increase, Obama’s Community College Entitlement

    01/09/2015 5:27:45 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 44 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 9, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The President is set to announce plans to increase the welfare gravy train. This time he wants to make two years of community college free. The cost is unknown at this time though the administration acknowledges it would be significant. After spending $10,000 or more a year per student per year on mediocre government schools, Obama wants taxpayers to further fund mediocre community colleges. College tuition at four year schools has increased dramatically because of the influx of free money via student loans. The cost of “free” community college may be low today but once schools stop chasing students around...
  • Educated voter---scholarship vote needed

    01/08/2015 4:46:04 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 1 replies
    Wyzant ^ | 1/8/2015 | Dough Ricchini
    How Education Has Empowered Me What is education? There are many who would say that an education is merely an entity that is to be possessed and others who say that it is only a means to move forward in the world, however I believe that education is a key, a key to freedom. Nelson Mandela once said "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world", I truly agree with the wise words of Mr. Mandela and hope that one day I can use my education to do great things. When I was young...
  • US Anti-Abortion Film Gets Italian Teacher Sacked

    01/07/2015 12:58:43 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 7 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    Giorgio Nadali, a religion teacher in Milan who had taught for 26 years, published 9 books and contributed to several magazines, has been suspended from teaching the Catholic religion. His “crime” was to show his secondary school students the famous 30-minute documentary The Silent Scream (whose video you can see by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above) in Italian. The film was made in 1984 in the USA, narrated by obstetrician and gynecologist Bernard Nathanson, MD. It illustrates the abortion process via ultrasound and portrays an abortion taking place in the uterus. It's a vivid representation of a...
  • The Chicago Dictionary - Volume Six

    01/07/2015 7:45:29 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 7, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    With Illinois Senator Dick "Turban" Durbin running the Senate Democrat caucus while Harry Reid recuperates... and with Hillary Clinton still being discussed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, and with two years yet to run on the Obama "presidency" before we're mercifully granted its end... it might be helpful to better understand the environment that bred these typical Chicago politicians. So, here are some more definitions of words and idioms that mean something else in Illinois; posted as a public service to the consumers of news. Art Institute: A building full of statues, much like the Chicago City Council when...
  • Does Gun Training Cause People to be less Violent?

    01/06/2015 11:49:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In the debate over the right to keep and bear arms and the secondary question of the utility of being armed, some social scientists have attempted to show that the presence of guns makes people more aggressive.  This claimed "weapons effect" has been discredited.  The best summation of the failure to show such an effect, in my opinion, was this article published in The Volokh Conspiracy in 2011.  Here is a small excerpt: Thus, EMA v. Brown rejects the “violent video game effect” studies for failing to demonstrate a compelling state interest. Indeed, EMA suggests that the studies do...
  • Federal Pell Grant eligibility for people in county jails or juvenile hall

    01/06/2015 11:41:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    When I was in prison, I used to work out with heavy weights constantly. But when I started to understand that my best chances of survival were actually centered on education, I focused more on that instead, and it has made all the difference in the kind of life I now have. When I was released, having a student aid package was what kept me from having to go back into the underground economy in order to survive. On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a Correctional Education Guidance Package designed...
  • 7 Ways Michelle Obama Positively Influenced Education in 2014

    01/05/2015 10:16:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog Black Voices ^ | January 5, 2015 | Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.
    President Obama was not the only member of his household that fought to improve the P-20 education system in 2014. Michelle Obama carried out an impressive education agenda that rivaled her husband's in many respects. It seems that the two are a tag team for the ages, and P-20 education is lucky to have this duo championing it. Michelle Obama spent 2014 front and center for education -- in more ways than one. 1. First Lady endorses arts education. This past spring, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the stage with middle- and high-schoolers who performed in the first ever White...