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  • How Joe Biden Will Open The Floodgates To Transgendering Public Schools

    01/18/2021 9:18:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 18, 2021 | Joy Pullman
    Because Democrats don't hesitate to use power even if they lack legitimacy, they will go farther than Obama did in pushing transgender ideology on American children over the next four years.The next several years are likely to reopen the floodgates to leftists’ long repurposing of public schools to indoctrinate children with lies about sex. According to leftist reporting, once in office Joe Biden plans to quickly use executive power to push transgenderism in schools, farther than President Obama did. In Congress, Democrats plan to prioritize legislation to do the same, potentially with Republican support, with the so-called Equality Act and...
  • Teachers Unions Must Never Be Allowed To Ban Kids From An Education Again

    12/30/2020 9:38:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 30, 2020 | Daniel Buck
    As an adult who teaches, I got to choose an open school. Union politics have now barred millions of families from a similar privilege.I don’t blame schools for closing in March. Very little was known about COVID-19 then, so closures seemed the safest decision amid the uncertainty. Neither do I blame schools for a meager showing that semester. My own district threw together online curricula and instructional materials practically overnight. The results were dismal, but it’s the best many could have done given the situation. However, we’ve now had nine months to understand this virus, and all the evidence favors...
  • President Donald J. Trump Is Expanding Educational Opportunity For America’s Children And Families Impacted By The Pandemic

    12/28/2020 4:14:54 PM PST · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | December 28, 2020 | White House
    EMPOWERING PARENTS AND STUDENTS: President Donald J. Trump is taking action to expand K-12 educational options for disadvantaged children impacted by the pandemic.Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order offering flexibility to provide certain disadvantaged children with emergency K-12 scholarships to access in-person learning opportunities.The Order allows States and eligible entities to use available Federal Community Service Block Grants (CSBG) funds to provide life-changing scholarships to families whose children cannot access in-person learning. CSBG funds totaled nearly $1.7 billion in FY 2020.Scholarships provided with CSBG funds can help families pay for private school tuition, home schooling, micro schooling, learning-pod expenses,...
  • Lockdowns Have Caused More Children To Drop Out Of School Than Americans Have Died Of COVID

    12/08/2020 8:05:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 8, 2020 | Christopher Jacobs
    The idea that bars should remain open yet schools remain closed runs counter to any sense of logic, not to mention good public policy.The past nine months have seen more than a quarter-million Americans die from the coronavirus. Each and every death represents a tragedy — a life cut short, an empty place at the family table this holiday season, children mourning their parents, even parents mourning their children. But a separate and ongoing tragedy has also struck at countless more than another quarter-million Americans: Children who have disappeared from school following last spring’s COVID-19 closures. A survey conducted by...
  • Georgia Shows How School Choice Benefits Both Students and Taxpayers

    11/28/2020 4:34:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 28, 2020 | Jim Kelly
    Editor's Note: This piece was coauthored by Gerard Robinson. During the 2020 election, school choice finally received the national attention it deserves as one of the top civil rights issues of our times. To build on that momentum, advocates for the public funding of parents to choose a K-12 education for their children in public, private, or religious schools need to educate lawmakers and the public about the educational, social, cultural, and economic benefits of school choice. With respect to the last benefit, a new analysis of the fiscal and economic impact of Georgia’s K-12 tax credit scholarship program provides...
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: Families, Not Government, Are The Heart Of American Education

    10/20/2020 7:41:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 20, 2020 | Joshua Lawson
    In a speech at Hillsdale College, Sec. DeVos conveyed that in American education, the fight has just begun to restore choice and freedom to every family. As most of the nation is transfixed on the looming presidential election, Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos remains laser-focused on the job at hand. “Education is the means by which we secure the God-given blessings of liberty,” DeVos told a gathering of more than 250 at Hillsdale College, in her home state of Michigan. Whether she has three months at her post, or the possibility of another four years, will be determined in the...
  • It's the Elites vs. the Underdogs in the Battle for Education Choice

    10/01/2020 1:20:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | October 1, 2020 | Gerard Scimeca
    If there is one unifying strand that runs through the character of our nation, it is that America loves an underdog. From the Revolution, to Roosevelt, to Rocky, our country has always embraced the fighting spirit of those who triumph against difficult odds to achieve a worthy cause. Conversely we hold far less affection for those in authority who wield power with abandon, entrenched elites who write the rules to keep everyone in their place. The story of our nation is an ongoing tale of these opposing forces; the elites who thrive on power and demand allegiance to their dictates,...
  • Senate Dems Kill COVID Relief Bill [semi-satire]

    09/13/2020 9:53:31 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 September 2020 | John Semmens
    The unity of Senate Democrats allowed the minority party to prevent a COVID relief package from being debated. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) cited "the inclusion of a 'poison pill" for his Party's filibuster. The "poison pill" is allowing parents to choose the school their children will attend. "The Republicans know that there is no way a Democrat could vote to permit school choice," Schumer fumed. "The whole reason why we have public schools is because parents aren't fit to decide where or how their children should be educated. In states where school choice is permitted, segments of the...
  • Helping America’s Youth Fight for America

    09/05/2020 10:16:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | September 5, 2020 | Jessica Anderson
    Editor's Note: This piece was co-authored by James Jay Carafano.No parent wants to put their child in harm’s way. We know; we are both parents. As parents, we know first-hand about the need to sacrifice, for the sake of our children and the family as a whole. But we have firsthand knowledge of another kind of sacrifice — the kind that comes with military service. One of us served in the U.S. Army for 25 years. The other is married to an army veteran. We know all about the sacrifices and dangers those years brought. But we also know the...
  • Expand School Choice to Combat Structural Racism

    09/04/2020 2:25:23 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    Libertarian Republic ^ | July 6, 2020 | Bob DiCostanzo
    While the commentariat focuses on flattened statues, defaced property and violent interactions among protestors and police, there has been relatively little attention given to the solutions that could address many of the problems—both perceived and real—threatening to drive Americans further apart. One of those problems is the failure of government-run schools to provide a quality education to millions of kids. There are no silver bullet solutions to society’s social problems, but education reform is perhaps the closest we have. If reformers want to make strides against structural racism, they should start by empowering families—of all colors—to choose the school that...
  • In Empathy's Name, Trump the Disruptor Offers School Choice to #WalkAway Parents

    08/27/2020 7:28:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | August 27, 2020 | John Kass
    President Donald Trump wasn't elected for his empathy. He was elected to kick the Washington establishment -- the bipartisan courtiers of our modern Versailles on the Potomac -- in their sensitive parts. Kick them he did, repeatedly. And they fought back, swinging their corporate media hatchets at his head, so he slammed his "Fake News" war club into their guts. Now, with the election just months away, both sides seem out of breath, like TV wrestlers, exhausted, with folding chairs broken in pieces on the floor of our shabby national political amphitheater. The Democrats built exhaustion into their strategy after...
  • SC Supreme Court will hear case against McMaster’s $32M spending on private schools [South Carolina]

    08/20/2020 1:29:01 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 3 replies
    The State Newspaper ^ | August 20, 2020 | John Monk
    COLUMBIA, SC The South Carolina Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to hear what could be a landmark case over whether Gov. Henry McMaster can legally spend $32 million in COVID-19 federal relief aid on private school tuition grants this school year. Oral arguments have been scheduled for Sept. 18. A key question for the court to decide is whether public money can be used to subsidize private schools in South Carolina. Last month, the governor was temporarily blocked by Circuit Court Judge Edgar Dickson from spending the money out of his discretionary education account, a total of $48.5 million. Dickson...
  • More public schools, which are supposed to be free, are charging hefty fees to reopen (Durham - $140 a week)

    08/16/2020 9:37:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 8/16/20 | Samantha Chang
    The city of Durham, North Carolina, plans to reopen public elementary schools this fall, but will charge a hefty fee. The surcharge is on top of the substantial local property taxes that parents pay to bankroll the schools. Corey DeAngelis is the director of school choice at the Reason Foundation, a public-policy think tank. He slammed the Durham Public School District, saying its shameless move to charge fees is unconstitutional. DeAngelis tweeted: “Durham is reopening public elementary schools as ‘learning centers.’ They are charging families up to $140 per child per week. That’s on top of what families already pay...
  • The Left’s School Choice Conundrum

    08/12/2020 8:45:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 12, 2020 | Jenny Beth Martin
    Say what you will about the liberals’ insistence on keeping the schools closed. They at least deserve credit for being consistent in their hostility to school choice – no matter the circumstance.  For decades, liberal activists and the teachers’ unions have joined forces to fight against homeschooling, charter schools, private schools and vouchers – in other words, against school choice, in any form. The teachers’ unions were unequivocal in their messaging. School choice, they have always insisted, overall hurts students, taxpayers and the public schools. Competition, which works so well in every other industry, does not work with schools, they...
  • Teachers Unions Are Attempting Political Blackmail. It’s Time To Break Them Up

    08/05/2020 11:04:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 5, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    In an abject show of selfishness and political bias, teachers unions are trying to hold the country hostage over baseless COVID-19 fears. It’s not enough that public school teachers and the college professors who train them are increasingly prone to teaching leftist absurdities like “2+2=5” or presenting the mendacious 1619 Project as legitimate American history. Teachers unions are now trying to blackmail the entire country into meeting a set of leftist political demands for reopening the schools this fall, using COVID-19 as their excuse.Of course, the pandemic certainly presents challenges for re-opening schools, but other sectors of society have managed...
  • Willie Brown’s Mistress #HeelsUpHarris To Be Biden Heartbeat Away From WH?

    07/30/2020 5:13:19 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 50 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | July 30, 2020 | Daniel John Sobieski
    At least it sure looks that way based on a since-pulled Politico story suggesting the California Senator was Biden’s soon-to-be-announced VP pick. Was the story wrong or simply premature? It was based on a photo of a notecard held by Biden on which it looked like talking points in favor of Harris were written down in anticipation of the questions Biden might get in announcing her: Joe Biden was uncharacteristically tight-lipped on Tuesday about the final stretch of his search for a vice president. But the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee seemed prepared to talk about at least one leading contender:...
  • Give Parents School Choice

    07/27/2020 11:48:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | July 27, 2020 | Terry Paulson
    With the left doing everything it can to disrupt and terrorize the streets of major cities, promising to give all illegal aliens a path to citizenship, and working overtime to take down President Trump by every means possible, the cost of letting Biden win in November is becoming more evident. Critical differences between Trump and Biden make giving Trump four more years essential to the future of America. Conservatives hold onto the hope that America’s silent majority are ready to provide an encore Trump victory in 2020. But even if Trump wins, we may very well be on the verge...
  • Schools Are Closing Not Because They Should, But Because They Can

    07/22/2020 7:52:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 22, 2020 | Auguste Meyrat
    When public school districts have a monopoly, they can easily justify delaying school or implementing extended closures. School choice is the solution. Across the country, school districts are announcing delayed openings or full-on closures for the semester or year. In its place, they will offer virtual learning as they did in the spring.Despite President Trump’s clear opposition to this (or because of it), school district leaders insist that a risk of a COVID-19 outbreak is too great to safely reopen schools. This is doubtful, seeing that schools would have to be “guaranteeing that no one will get sick if schools...
  • La La Land Congress Wants To Give Billions To Public Schools To Stay Closed

    07/22/2020 6:33:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 22, 2020 | Joy Pullman
    It’s an indictment of Republican leadership that President Trump, who like most businessmen knows nearly nothing about education, still has better political instincts on this. When schools shut down this spring, Congress sent them $31 billion — nearly half its annual schools outlay — for sanitation and online learning, even though students weren’t in schools to theoretically contaminate them and online learning barely happened for millions of children. The vast majority of this money has not even reached schools yet.Nevertheless, the Wall Street Journal reports that education special interests are demanding, through their Democrat representatives, nearly half a trillion in...
  • Ken Webster: 'Conservatives: you’re missing big prize if you’re fighting to get public schools to reopen. This is chance to defund liberal districts, push school choice'

    07/14/2020 5:41:04 PM PDT · by rintintin · 32 replies
    Ken Webster ^ | July 14 2020 | Ken Webster
    Conservatives: you’re missing the big prize here if you’re busy fighting to get the public schools to reopen this fall. This is our chance to defund all the corrupt big city liberal districts & push school choice on a national level. “But teachers unions don’t want to go back to school” GOOD! It’s time for our country to dismantle its unhealthy relationship with the public school system. The good teachers will all land on their feet in a more robust private sector with better options for everyone.