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  • Test Scores Down, GPAs Up: The New Angst Over Grade Inflation

    05/18/2024 7:52:58 AM PDT · by karpov · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 17, 2024 | Matt Barnum
    Teachers’ grading practices have changed and students’ grades have drifted up in recent years, a pandemic-era legacy that is being met with mixed reaction from educators across the country. Dating back to 2020, when the pandemic upended American education overnight, many schools have adopted a more lenient approach to grading. Some eliminated zeros or removed penalties for late work. Many teachers report “giving grace” to struggling students. Others say they have felt pressure from administrators to limit failure rates. Higher grades have come even as students’ test scores and attendance rates have dropped. A study in Washington state found that...
  • School makes tremendous reversal on prayer club

    05/12/2024 5:40:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    WND News Center ^ | May 12, 2024 | Bob Unruh
    District actively promoted non-religious groups, including a Pride Club and Green Team... A school district that just weeks ago had refused students permission to begin an interfaith prayer club – even though a wide range of other special interest organizations like a Pride club and a Green club were approved – abruptly has reversed itself. "We are very pleased that the Issaquah School District is allowing our clients to start a prayer club at their school this spring," explained Kayla Toney, associate counsel at First Liberty Institute,.. "Schools should always respect the religious beliefs of their students. This is a...
  • Former Senate Candidate Tiffany Smiley Will Challenge Pro-Impeachment GOP Representative Dan Newhouse

    05/06/2024 10:09:52 AM PDT · by Eagle Forgotten · 11 replies
    National Review. ^ | May 6, 2024 | Audrey Fahlberg
    Tiffany Smiley, the former triage nurse and veterans’ advocate who ran unsuccessfully against Democratic senator Patty Murray (D., Wash.) in 2022, will announce today that she’s challenging Representative Dan Newhouse (R., Wash.) this cycle, National Review has exclusively learned, setting up a potentially bruising reelection fight for one of two remaining pro-impeachment House Republicans. A crowded jungle primary in 2022 helped Newhouse (R., Wash.) — one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach former president Donald Trump three years ago — easily fend off his primary challengers. But his path to reelection may look a bit more complicated in...
  • How furry convention descended into orgy of sex, violence and destruction as diaper clad adults dressed as cuddly animals trashed host hotel

    05/05/2024 7:38:32 AM PDT · by Angelino97 · 73 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2024 | Alex Hammer
    RainFurrest 2015 was one for the books. The convention, filled with full-grown adults dressed as bears, wearing diapers and taking drugs, catapulted the often sex-crazed subculture cast into the public eye. It was meant to be an annual convention designed for and by furries. But the debauchery that ensued left animal loving organizers banned from ever holding another event in the city of Seattle after brass at the hotel they defiled spread word about what happened the social gathering. Permanently plastered in the annals of internet history, the event started to go off the rails when someone purposely loosened a...
  • Hundreds of Migrants Swarm Seattle Park, Erect Tent Encampment, Issue List of Demands

    05/01/2024 5:18:02 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 May 2024 | WARNER TODD HUSTON
    Hundreds of migrants, most from Africa and Venezuela, swarmed into Powell Barnett Park in Seattle on Monday and hastily erected a tent encampment before issuing a list of demands including free housing, food, and other needs. The park, situated in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood, was invaded in a planned takeover by more than 200 migrants who brought in wood pallets and erected tents on top of them. One of the migrants, Republic of Congo Central African native Don Tstay, told the media they plan to stay until their demands are met. “So far they haven’t kicked us out, and we...
  • Wacky in Washington: Governor Inslee buying electric vehicles for ‘low-income’ residents, paid for by taxpayers

    04/29/2024 9:05:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Must Read Alaska ^ | 04/29/2024 | TJ MARTINELL | THE CENTER SQUARE
    One strategy for state officials looking to transition Washington’s transportation sector to electric vehicles is by subsidizing them with taxpayer dollars.This week, Gov. Jay Inslee announced $45 million in subsidies through a Department of Commerce grant program for families deemed “low-income” to purchase an EV. “Washingtonians really get it when it comes to electric vehicles,” Inslee said at a Wednesday news conference in Tukwila.The program provides up to $9,000 for families to lease an EV, or $5,000 to purchase one. The grant program allows them to purchase either new or used EVs. The funding would be available to those who...
  • Navy veteran divorcee, 37, under investigation for running pro-Russian 'Donbass Devushka' channels where she 'put on a phony accent' and 'posted at least four' classified documents leaked by 21-year-old Jack 'The Dripper' Teixeira

    04/17/2023 9:52:29 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 85 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/17/2023 | James Franley
    A prominent pro-Kremlin propagandist has been unmasked as a 37-year-old Navy veteran and tropical fish seller from New Jersey. Divorcee Sarah Bils is known to her 100,000 devoted fans online as 'Donbas Devushka', or Donbas Girl. She posed as a Russian Jew from the occupied Ukrainian city of Luhansk and a geopolitics expert. -snip- She left the military in November last year with an honorable discharge but only after being demoted. Bils claims she was 'kicked out' of the Navy due to her 'leftist views.'
  • Social-Media Account Overseen by Former Navy Noncommissioned Officer Helped Spread Secrets

    04/17/2023 7:17:52 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 77 replies
    A social-media account overseen by a former U.S. Navy noncommissioned officer—a prominent online voice supporting Russia’s war on Ukraine—played a key role in the spread of intelligence documents allegedly leaked by Airman First Class Jack Teixeira. A purported Russian blogger known as Donbass Devushka, which translates as Donbas Girl, reposted the files from obscure online chat rooms. The blog is the face of a network of pro-Kremlin social-media, podcasting, merchandise and fundraising accounts. But the person who hosted podcasts as Donbass Devushka and oversees these accounts is a Washington-state-based former U.S. enlisted aviation electronics technician whose real name is Sarah...
  • Retired Navy doctor identified as man shot by police in Tukwila hotel | The Seattle Times

    04/24/2024 1:11:09 PM PDT · by OldHarbor · 29 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 24 April 2024 | Sara Jean Hreen
    The man fatally shot by Seattle police officers at a Tukwila hotel last week was a retired U.S. Navy physician who is tied to an address in Hansville, Kitsap County, records show.Bruce Coval Meneley,67, was identified Tuesday by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, which determined he died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide. Task force members were conducting a sting operation at the Double Tree Hotel in Tukwila to arrest a suspect who thought he was going to meet two young girls, ages 7 and 11, in a hotel room, according to an item posted...
  • Antifa militant with ties to MS-13, 2 public school teachers charged in anti-Israel Seattle freeway blockade

    04/23/2024 8:39:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    The Post Millennial ^ | April 22, 2024 | Ari Hoffman
    King County filed charges against 6 people for the blockade which trapped motorists and emergency vehicles for over 5 hours. Two Seattle public school teachers and an Antifa militant with ties to the MS-13 gang were among those charged for shutting down the Interstate 5 freeway in January as part of an anti-Israel demonstration. On Friday, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) filed misdemeanor charges against six people in connection with the January 6 blockade, during which hundreds of anti-Israel activists flooded the northbound lanes of the freeway and trapped thousands of motorists and emergency vehicles for over 5...
  • Seattle Nonprofit Landlords Face Huge Losses. Tenants Conditioned To Not Pay Rent.

    04/23/2024 6:22:10 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 15 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 4/23/24 | Real Estate Investing and Landlord News
    Nonprofit on boards in the city of Seattle are facing huge bosses because tenants in the city are not paying rent. Following the pandemic eviction moratorium, a lot of tenants became used to someone else paying their bills for them and continue to not pay to this day. This has hurt the revenue of the nonprofits
  • Ninth Circuit Rules Against Seattle in Using "Heckler's Veto" in Arrest of Pro-life Protester

    04/21/2024 8:50:35 AM PDT · by CFW · 10 replies
    jonathanturley.org ^ | 4/20/24 | Jonathan Turley
    We have often discussed how cities and universities will use the threat of protests to block or shutdown free speech, particularly of conservative speakers or groups. We now have a major decision out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that could prove an important precedent in resisting the growing anti-free speech movement in the United States. In Meinecke v. City of Seattle, the court ruled against Seattle in a case involving the arrest of a pro-life protester. Matthew Meinecke was harassed by Antifa and other counterprotesters, but police arrested Meineche when he refused to yield...
  • Democrats unveiling ‘Transgender Bill of Rights’

    06/28/2022 5:14:11 PM PDT · by RandFan · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/28/22 7:12 PM ET | BY ZACH SCHONFELD
    A group of House Democrats on Tuesday announced they would move to codify federal protections for transgender people. The proposal, dubbed the “Transgender Bill of Rights,” would codify the Supreme Court’s 2020 Bostock v. Clayton County decision that protects employees against discrimination for being gay or transgender. The proposal would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly include protections for gender identity and sex characteristics, expand access to gender-affirming care and ban conversion therapy. It would also require the attorney general to designate a liaison dedicated to overseeing enforcement of civil rights for transgender people and invest in...
  • Nike to lay off 740 employees at Oregon headquarters

    04/19/2024 5:19:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2024 | Granth Vanaik
    Nike will lay off about 740 employees at its world headquarters in Oregon, a letter showed on Friday, as the top sportswear maker looks to rein in costs after warning of a revenue dip in the first half of fiscal 2025. The "second phase of impacts" would begin by June 28 at its headquarters, Michele Adams, Nike's vice president for people solutions, said in a legally mandated notice to state authorities. The company's shares were up marginally in after-hours trading. They have declined nearly 13% this year. Nike had in December announced a cost savings plan for $2 billion over...
  • Trump endorses GOP challenger to House Republican who voted to impeach him

    04/13/2024 4:58:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/12/24 | Zoë Richards
    Donald Trump on Friday endorsed a primary challenger to Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington, one of two remaining House Republicans who voted to impeach the former president over his role in the Jan. 6 riot. In a Truth Social post, Trump threw his support behind Jerrod Sessler, a former petty-officer in the Navy who has gone after Newhouse for his impeachment vote. "Jerrod Sessler is a fantastic candidate and will be a GREAT Congressman for Washington State’s 4th Congressional District," Trump wrote, while also citing Newhouse's impeachment vote. Newhouse's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday...
  • Seattle dance squad says they were told American flag shirts made audience members feel 'triggered and unsafe'

    04/11/2024 10:23:02 AM PDT · by MAGA2017 · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/11/ | Kendall Tietz
    Members of a regional women’s country line dance team were reportedly kicked out of a Seattle dance convention after organizers claimed their American flag-themed shirts made some attendees feel "triggered and unsafe." Over the weekend at the Emerald City Hoedown in Seattle, the Borderline Dance team was set to perform, but were essentially told they weren't welcome by organizer Rain Country Dance Association, an LGBTQ+ dance community, over their matching American flag themed shirts, Jason Rantz reported for 770 KTTH. "Unfortunately, what our team was met with upon arrival was that our flag tops were offensive to some of the...
  • Seattle-area community protests 'con man' squatter who won't leave rental house: 'Exploiting the system'

    04/05/2024 11:02:31 AM PDT · by linMcHlp · 4 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 18, 2024 | Taylor Penley
    Washington neighbors take 'matters into their own hands,' demand squatter be removed from home. Landlord Jaskaran Singh and journalist Jonathan Choe discuss a Washington community coming together to demand a squatter be removed from a local home. [Today, April 5, 2024, FoxNews [TV] had an update of the story.]
  • WHOOPS: Washington State forced to shut down lottery A.I. website for generating nude images

    04/04/2024 6:45:42 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 10 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 4/4/2024 | Grateful Calvin
    We're not really sure how to categorize the latest craziness out of the state of Washington. Is it government incompetence? The dangers of artificial intelligence? 'Come to Seattle for hot, sexy singles'? Maybe we should just go with 'all of the above.' (OK, not that last one, that wasn't nice.) Yes, just when you thought the state that brought us 'CHAZ' back in 2020 couldn't get any more batpoop insane, a new report from local radio host Jason Rantz shows us that Washington has not yet begun to plumb the depths of its depravity. EXCLUSIVE: Washington Lottery was forced to...
  • Officer acquitted in Manny Ellis' death resigns days after becoming Thurston County deputy

    04/04/2024 6:00:45 AM PDT · by TrailWalker · 12 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 04/03/2024 | KOMO News Staff
    Two days after being sworn into the Thurston County Sheriff's Office (TCSO), Christopher Burbank resigned from the position. The TCSO on Wednesday said the former Tacoma Police Department officer came to the decision "based on community response and death threats made" to his family. Burbank was one of three Tacoma police officers cleared of criminal charges in the 2020 death of Manuel "Manny" Ellis, a Black man who was shocked, beaten and restrained facedown on a sidewalk as he pleaded for breath.
  • Seattle Public Schools shuts down gifted and talented program for being oversaturated with white and Asian students

    04/03/2024 7:09:16 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 68 replies
    NY Post ^ | 04/03/2024 | Melissa Koenig
    Seattle Public Schools is dismantling its gifted and talented program, which administrators argued was oversaturated with white and Asian students, in favor of a more “inclusive, equitable and culturally sensitive” program. The district began phasing out its Highly Capable Cohort schools and classrooms for advanced students in the 2021-22 school year due to racial inequities, the school district notes. The program will completely cease to exist by the 2027-28 school year, with a new enrichment-for-all model available in every school by the 2024-25 school year. “The program is not going away, it’s getting better,” school officials said on the district...