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Rick Perry Leads the Way on Higher-Ed Reform
National Review Online ^ | August 8, 2011 | Carrie Lukas, The Corner

Posted on 08/08/2011 9:07:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Over the past two years, Gov. Chris Christie, by picking and winning a battle against the teachers’ unions in one of the bluest states in the country, has shown other conservative leaders that it is possible to take on the Left’s most powerful special-interest groups.

..Rick Perry may be in the process of teaching conservatives a similar lesson by taking on another sacred cow: the higher-education establishment.

Friday’s Washington Post article “Rick Perry wages assault on state’s higher education establishment” describes how Perry has picked a high-profile fight with the state’s university system. He is pushing reforms to improve the efficiency of the state’s universities and backing a potentially game-changing plan to create a low-cost $10,000 degree program.

Perry’s initiative is attracting fierce opposition — challenging higher education unsettles some big constituencies, like alumni groups that maybe resistant to change and potential threats to tradition.

But like Christie’s fight with the teachers’ unions, Perry’s effort to reform higher education could become a model for conservative reformers around the country.

First, runaway college costs are an important “kitchen table” issue for American families. After the economic woes of the past decade, many families are wondering how they are going to afford to send their kids to college (the yearly cost of attending an in-state four-year public college now tops $16,000 per year).

Second, like our public schools, America’s colleges are woefully underperforming. The authors of the recently published book Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses found that 45 percent of college students show no improvement in critical skills after two years in college. Troubling statistics are forcing many families to question whether investing time and money in college is really worth it, particularly since many college graduates are struggling to find employment and appear to have gained few marketable skills.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: economy; education; jobs; unions
Mona Charen: NRO Beware those 'radical' ideas -- Good opinion piece on Perry and education – Reagan simplicity that works

Chris Christie article -- Even Democrats are now alarmed about the state of education in this country but its too late because the GOP owns this issue.

UCLA: "Gov. Rick Perry’s ‘Seven Breakthrough Solutions’ would make for bad business, undermine meaning of a university"

Perry Draws Flak for Plan to Run Universities Like Businesses ……..”Perry, who has been governor since 2000, has filled state boards and commissions with those who share his vision and has launched a public attack on college costs.

“A bold, Texas-style solution,” the governor said in an address to the Legislature. “I’m challenging our institutions of higher education to develop bachelor’s degrees that cost no more than $10,000, including textbooks.”

The amount is about a quarter of what students at the University of Texas and Texas A&M pay for tuition and books. An organization formed to fight the changes, Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, counts among its members power Republicans such as TRT Holdings Chief Executive Robert Rowling, who gave $1 million to the conservative “super PAC” American Crossroads. Handling media for the group former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes, the Post reported.

Nonetheless, some of Perry’s higher-education ideas could be catching on elsewhere. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was passing on a list of higher education reform ideas from Texas known as the “Seven Breakthrough Solutions” to candidates for the Florida university and college boards of trustees, the Post reported.

Perry creates online university Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that Texas is getting a branch of Western Governors University, a private, nonprofit school whose online model dovetails with Perry's emphasis on flexibility and affordability in higher education.

An executive order issued by Perry calls on the state's education and workforce agencies to help Western Governors establish WGU Texas.

[Texas Education Agency] TEA to lay off 178 workers [Thousands of pink slips for state workers]

[Rick] Scott Promotes Controversial Education Reforms [Rick Perry has championed] “Gov. Rick Scott has begun discreetly promoting the same changes to the higher education system that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has championed. The proposals include some of the same reforms pushed by conservatives in K-12 schools: merit pay for professors, tenure reform, and generally a much greater emphasis on measurement of whether professors are turning out students that meet certain goals.

The attempt in Texas has caused something of an identity crisis in that states higher education community, with opponents saying what needs to be reformed is Perrys control over university policies.

Scott told the News Service of Florida on Tuesday that he has discussed the Texas reforms with his appointees to university and college governing boards in an effort to line up support for a nascent campaign to dramatically change how universities and colleges are funded, overhaul professor tenure, emphasize teaching over research, and give students more influence.

An admirer of Texas, Scott has developed a friendly relationship with Perry, who is flirting with the idea of seeking the Republican nomination for President in 2012. Texas is regularly praised for its business-friendly climate and has weathered the economic recession better than most states…….”

Florida might reject $100 million [Fed] grant to educate children [tied to Obamacare]

Perry's education record distinctly different from Bush's

Higher Education Coalition attack on [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry raises eyebrows

[Texas Education Agency] TEA to lay off 178 workers [Thousands of pink slips for state workers] [great Freeper discussion about education]

Gov. Perry: Veterans’ Experiences, Skills are Valuable to Our Workforce "The knowledge and skills our veterans bring back from service are an important, and all too often untapped, resource for our communities," Gov. Perry said. "While we can never fully thank them for their service to our nation, I'm proud to sign this important bill, which helps veterans and military service members transition to civilian life by applying their skills and experience to help them graduate more quickly and save money on tuition."

A cry in the black education wilderness - LINKS to education, leftists and race.

1 posted on 08/08/2011 9:07:16 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Good job compiling the background and the links.


2 posted on 08/08/2011 9:13:42 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: All
Third, colleges are creating a heavy burden for taxpayers. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, higher-ed spending accounts for approximately 10 percent of state spending. And federal subsidies for higher education (including grants, loans, tax credits, and direct payments to schools) amount to well over $100 billion annually.

Federal funding "subsidies" are in addition to what states pay for education.

Close to HALF of every state's budget goes toward public education.

But it NEVER ever is enough, for the children.

3 posted on 08/08/2011 9:16:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: samtheman

Thanks.

I do a slow burn when I think of all the wasted potential caused by the Left and their grip on education and the minds of our youth.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....


4 posted on 08/08/2011 9:18:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What precisely are Perry’s ideas
“to improve the efficiency of the state’s universities”?

I cannot find them clearly listed in the article.
It does say he is “backing a potentially game-changing plan
to create a low-cost $10,000 degree program.”
That plan is not his idea if he is backing it.

What precisely are Perry’s ideas
“to improve the efficiency of the state’s universities”?


5 posted on 08/08/2011 9:21:50 AM PDT by Diogenesis (No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. - Mark Twain)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Damnit, Barney, if we lose the stupid people’s vote, there’ll never be another democrat elected in this country!”


6 posted on 08/08/2011 9:27:11 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why is one dollar of the taxpayers’ money going to pay for the “higher” education of someone else’s kid?


7 posted on 08/08/2011 9:32:15 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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To: Diogenesis

If you took the time to look at the links I provided you’d understand.

Perry and Scott and Christie, and I’d go out on a strong limb and say all conservative governors, want to regain control of education to bring down costs and make learning the reason for universities — make education the product — the students and their parents the consumers. Separate research from teaching (that’s simplistic but you can get more information).

Start with “Seven Solutions” linked above.


8 posted on 08/08/2011 9:32:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: EternalVigilance
Why is one dollar of the taxpayers’ money going to pay for the “higher” education of someone else’s kid?

Why were billions of "stimulus" dollars used to prop up union jobs -- teachers?

Because it redistributes wealth to buy Democrat votes.

9 posted on 08/08/2011 9:37:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: blueunicorn6

And Karen Hughes is in charge of media for the group fighting these Perry changes — the same group that gave $1Million to Karl Rove’s PAC Crossroads America. (LINKED above in Post #1 “Perry Draws Flak for Plan to Run Universities Like Businesses”]


10 posted on 08/08/2011 9:40:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Can you not name ONE (1) idea of Perry regarding education?

Or is that article a sham.

Precise. Like ‘injecting children with Gardasil
by Mandate by Governor’.

See. Specific. Precise.


11 posted on 08/08/2011 9:48:12 AM PDT by Diogenesis (No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. - Mark Twain)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Republicans are just as implicated in that vote-buying scheme, in state after state after state.


12 posted on 08/08/2011 9:50:10 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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To: Diogenesis

“In addition to suggesting that tuition be reduced, a panel appointed by Governor Perry suggested that professors were “wasting time and money churning out esoteric, unproductive research.” Shocking. The panel suggested dividing the research and teaching budgets to encourage excellence in both, and introducing merit pay for exceptional classroom teachers.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/273730/beware-those-radical-ideas-mona-charen


13 posted on 08/08/2011 9:53:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Can you point me to where your beloved Governor Perry has called for the dismantlement of the unconstitutional U.S. Dept. of Education?

A link would be fine.


14 posted on 08/08/2011 9:53:45 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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To: EternalVigilance
The Republicans are just as implicated in that vote-buying scheme, in state after state after state.

What does your party platform say about education EV?

Since you're Chairman for America's Independent Party, you'd be the one to ask.

15 posted on 08/08/2011 9:58:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

With the many appointees to the Regents should get a hearing. The education community wields a lot of power from the very local elementary school through the largest university.

The Seven Solutions:

http://utsenate.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/Breakthrough-Solutions.pdf

The U of H analysis of the Solutions:

http://docs.google.com/gview?url=http://static.texastribune.org/media/documents/UHBreakthroughSolutionsExternalReviewJuly252008-1.pdf&pli=1&chrome=true

Other universities have done similar analysis.


16 posted on 08/08/2011 9:59:24 AM PDT by deport ( In Texas it's hotter than two goats fighting in a jalapeno patch.)
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To: EternalVigilance

Rick Perry, as he is with the EPA, battling the Department of Education.

http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/14146/

And Perry sued for Texas’ $$ w/o strings attached and won.

http://www.politifact.com/texas/promises/perry-o-meter/promise/854/secure-830-million-in-federal-education-funding-d/


17 posted on 08/08/2011 10:04:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Excellent article. Thanks for all the links you've added, one in particular.

The College Credit for Heroes program is going to help alot of our returning veterans. As an old Vietnam combat veteran, I applaud Governor Perry for his initiative in this area. Veterans, taxpayers, and employers, as well as our overall economy will all benefit from his forward thinking and fiscally conservative approach.

18 posted on 08/08/2011 10:07:23 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Our platform states:

"All spending and regulation by the Legislative branch that lies outside the Enumerated Powers must cease."

So, since you're promoting Perry for President, the first question for you, and for him, is "which part of the U.S. Constitution enumerates a power to take money from one person and give it to another to "educate" their children?"

The second question, akin to the first, is "which part of the U.S. Constitution enumerates a federal power to set up a vast bureaucracy to control the education of our children?"

19 posted on 08/08/2011 10:07:59 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Perry is throwing bones and doggie treats to republicans..
Many “bitches” might bite.. the sires are suspicious..

Are you one of Perry’s bitches?..


20 posted on 08/08/2011 10:09:04 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: deport

Thank you for the information “deport.”


21 posted on 08/08/2011 10:09:57 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Your links do not lead to anything that shows Perry calling for an end to the unconstitutional U.S. Dept. of Education.


22 posted on 08/08/2011 10:10:35 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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To: deport

Downloaded that. Does not even mention the RINO Perry.

Despite the title of the thread, the RINO Perry
had NOTHING to do with it, except backing someone
else’s idea. What is it with RINOs?
The RINOs try to take credit of others.

NO RINOs.
NO PerryCARE.
NO RomneyCARE.
NO ObamaCARE.
NO RINOs.


23 posted on 08/08/2011 10:13:15 AM PDT by Diogenesis (No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. - Mark Twain)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

45% of college students are not “woefully underperforming” because of a lack of government intervention.

45% (it’s more like 85%) are underperforming BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO STUPID TO GO TO COLLEGE.


24 posted on 08/08/2011 10:15:35 AM PDT by Jim Noble (To live peacefully with credit-based consumption and fiat money, men would have to be angels.)
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To: Jim Noble
45% (it’s more like 85%) are underperforming BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO STUPID TO GO TO COLLEGE.

Well, and because the colleges are now too stupid to send a kid to.

25 posted on 08/08/2011 10:18:42 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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To: EternalVigilance

Your links do not lead to anything that shows Perry calling for an end to the unconstitutional U.S. Dept. of Education.


This “Solution” isn’t about the Feds but rather the Univerity system in Texas which comes under the Texas Constitution.


26 posted on 08/08/2011 10:19:16 AM PDT by deport ( In Texas it's hotter than two goats fighting in a jalapeno patch.)
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To: deport

But that wasn’t the question I asked her.


27 posted on 08/08/2011 10:20:32 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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To: Jim Noble

The entire education system is a mess.

High schools have to have an exit exam to show some proficiency for 14 years of instruction (Pre-K up).

Colleges have entrance exams because they don’t trust the high school exit exams (and so they can identify which remedial classes are needed — reading? writing? math?)

Now the Feds control all the education loans — BIG EDUCATION!

MANY never graduate.

MANY run up huge loans and crippling loan payments (A Scottish academic last week is asking that students be allowed to sell a kidney to help pay off their loans).

WHAT kind of usable skills and knowledge are they churning out?

They’re churning out radicalized socialist ideologues.


28 posted on 08/08/2011 10:24:31 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: EternalVigilance

It looks like Gov. Rick Perry is pushing back with much of that in mind EV.

I’m sure he is asking those questions too and why he’s promoting changes and getting a rise out of the powers that be.


29 posted on 08/08/2011 10:28:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: EternalVigilance

But that wasn’t the question I asked her.


I understand that but this proposal has nothing to do with the Feds as such and where you are trying to take the discussion. That’s a different topic/thread altogether since this is a state proposal.


30 posted on 08/08/2011 10:29:27 AM PDT by deport ( In Texas it's hotter than two goats fighting in a jalapeno patch.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The entire education system is a mess.

That being the case, would you personally support the dismantlement of the U.S. Dept. of Education?

For that matter, would you support the repeal of the bulk of Article 7 of the Texas Constitution?

I'm not asking Rick Perry, by the way. I'm asking you.

31 posted on 08/08/2011 10:29:42 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Education is not a product that you can consume, like say, Vitamin C, that has a favorable effect if only you will take it.

Education is a process, and a participant sport.

Half the kids in college don’t belong there, and another 25% are lazy.

A politician who promised to cut enrollment in the UT system by 67% would be saying something worth hearing.

Another program to keep the scam going? No thanks.


32 posted on 08/08/2011 10:30:10 AM PDT by Jim Noble (To live peacefully with credit-based consumption and fiat money, men would have to be angels.)
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To: deport

Uhmmm...he’s obviously running for President of the United States. So, the question is perfectly appropriate.


33 posted on 08/08/2011 10:30:56 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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To: Jim Noble

I imagine once the walls have been breached Jim Noble much can happen.


34 posted on 08/08/2011 10:34:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So, what does Rick think of the tea Party Movement?

How about an opinion on the current economic situation?

Is he too busy polling right now?


35 posted on 08/08/2011 10:34:59 AM PDT by right way right (Put down the remote, and vote!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It looks like Gov. Rick Perry is pushing back with much of that in mind EV.

Hah. That's funny.

Or, at least it would be funny if we weren't so deep into the quicksand as a country.

36 posted on 08/08/2011 10:35:26 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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To: EternalVigilance
Since you ask so nicely EV --(Am I the only person remaining in the world that still converses with you) -- I do not like what has become of education -- it is BIG Education -- BIG government run program.

When I began school it was in a one room school house (with a 3 holer outhouse). If the teacher wasn't performing or didn't fit with what parents wanted, the school board fired her/him and hired a new teacher.

When I entered 3rd grade, schools had consolidated and classes were taught in twos: first and second; third and fourth; etc. We memorized the times tables, learned math, read, wrote essay questions -- had solid subjects.

By junior high, we'd moved to a new state in an urban setting and the school building was old (like a big boxy jailhouse). It was pretty good and I believe I learned a lot -- just good solid subjects and gym.

On to high school and graduation in the mid-sixties and off to college and a degree.

A lot has happened since then to teaching and schools and institutions of higher education and you can track the rise of socialism in our country and what I see as DECLINE in education and the RISE of anti-American "thought."

Getting out of this has to start somewhere.

It's easy to say dismantle and repeal. I have no idea how that would be done but I'm for what will put power back into the hands of taxpayers, parents - where children are educated so they can lead happy, productive lives.

Now, if I haven't answered something to your liking, or missed giving you some piece of information you wanted, forgive me but I've exhausted my patience with you.

37 posted on 08/08/2011 10:59:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: right way right

Tea parties like Rick Perry because he’s concerned about the same things they are.


38 posted on 08/08/2011 11:02:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Getting out of this has to start somewhere.

The starting point is the dismantlement of the U.S. Dept. of Education.

And the taking of responsibility by parents for the education of their own children.

39 posted on 08/08/2011 11:05:51 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.' - -John Adams)
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40 posted on 08/08/2011 11:39:53 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: EternalVigilance; All
This is the kind of garbage being churned out by "researchers" in institutions of higher learning. We're treated weekly to some "report" or "study" that academics have published.

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"Just in time for kids to go back to school, sack lunch in hand, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a study from the University of Texas showing those lunches may be unsafe. Key word being maybe.

For the study researchers looked at the home-packed lunches of more than 700 preschoolers at nine child care centers in Texas. They found that only 45.1 percent of the lunches had at least one ice pack.

The temperature of the lunches was then measured with a noncontact temperature gun an hour and half before the kids ate them. They found that over 90 percent of the lunches, even those with multiple ice packs, were at unsafe temperatures, making them susceptible to illness-causing bacteria.

Whether or not those lunches actually made kids sick however, was not studied, a criticism some say limit the study’s usefulness. Dr. Michael Green, a pediatrician with the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and a professor of pediatrics and surgery at the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, told msnbc.com the increased temperature of the food could raise risks, but it’s impossible to know by how much....[snip] Source

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I guess they need another study!

41 posted on 08/08/2011 12:47:13 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Gov. Rick Perry said "no" to competing in "Race to the Top." Texas Knows Best How to Educate Our Students

But Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee and her Democratic Party wanted Perry's signature so the "money would flow to our schools within days."

Gov. Perry sued for Texas' money (without Washington telling us how to spend it) -- And won! Promise Kept.

42 posted on 08/10/2011 2:11:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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