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  • Breaking: This Place Was Just Named Number One for Islamic Threats in America- Spread This

    10/01/2015 10:38:19 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 44 replies
    When you think of places one might call “ground zero” for Islamic extremism in the United States, several places spring to mind. Perhaps New York City or Michigan — where one major city has earned the moniker “Dearbornistan” — would be your choice. However, according to an expert on Islam in America, the answer is a surprising one — the state of Tennessee, where she says Islamist indoctrination is happening on a massive scale in the school system. “Tennessee is ground zero for Muslim activism in the United States,” Cathy Hinners said at a panel at the Values Voters Summit...
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Step Down in December

    10/02/2015 4:05:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct 2 2015, 5:15 PM ET | Halimah Abdullah
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan—an advocate for reform and, at times, a target for criticism from the left and the right—will be stepping down from his post in December. Duncan is one of just two remaining Cabinet secretaries who have served in the administration since the beginning of President Barack Obama’s first term. The other is Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Obama lauded Duncan’s efforts at education reform saying “America’s going to be better off for what he has done.” During his tenure, Duncan occasionally drew the ire of liberals and conservatives for such as initiatives the Race to the Top competitive...
  • Georgia Schools Are Teaching Kids "Allah Is the Same God Worshipped By Jews and Christians"

    10/02/2015 9:24:15 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 71 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 10/02/2015 | Casey Fiano
     There’s nothing necessarily wrong with children learning about Islam. But learning about Islam to the exclusion of Christianity, and that Allah is the same God worshipped by Jews and Christians, has a lot of parents angry. Several Walton County parents say their children are being forced to learn about Islam, and want the option to exclude their children from these lessons. The teaching of Islam has banded together a group of upset parents. “My daughter had to learn the Shiad, and the five pillars of Islam, which is what you learn to convert, but they never once learned anything...
  • The Cost of Common Core

    10/01/2015 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 1, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Well, it may not work terribly well but Common Core sure is expensive. “The treatment of textbooks as mountains of words is one of the signature elements of Common Core,” Peter Wood of the National Association of Scholars (NAS) pointed out at the National Press Club Monday. In the past half-decade, the 26 states aligned with the Common Core has dropped to 7 but the price tag keeps increasing. “The Pioneer Institute estimates that the 7-year cost of Common Core is $16 billion,” Silicon Valley engineer Ze’ev Wurman said at the same Press Club event Wood spoke at. “The pro-Common...
  • Tennessee School Districts Balk At Revealing Islam Lessons

    09/30/2015 10:34:21 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 47 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 09/30/2015 | ERIC OWENS
    Tennessee School Districts Say Revealing Islam Lessons May Cost ‘Millions,’ Take Too Darn Long Dozens and dozens of taxpayer-funded Tennessee school districts are refusing to comply with an open records request from a conservative legal nonprofit seeking materials and documents relevant to the way public schools are teaching Islam — primarily to middle schoolers. The American Center for Law & Justice, a law firm that generally promotes conservative and Christian principles, sent its open records requests to all 146 taxpayer-funded school districts in Tennessee earlier this month, reports The Tennessean, Nashville’s main newspaper. A Nashville attorney, Chuck Cagle of the...
  • The Purpose of Public Schools

    09/26/2015 3:27:13 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 31 replies ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The traditional view is simply stated: the purpose of public education is to take each child as far as each child can be taken. Who can disagree with that? If a school is aiming for less, that school would seem to me to be guilty of malpractice or false advertising. Doesn’t the word “education” imply a striving for excellence? At the end of each school year, children are presumed to know more than at the start. Isn’t that a reasonable presumption? Somewhat bizarrely, given what’s going on in our public schools, the Education Establishment might claim they agree. Oh yes,...
  • About 260 Chicago Public Schools lose money due to enrollment losses

    09/26/2015 10:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-25-2015 | Juan Perez
    Chicago Public Schools ... The district said it would freeze funds for schools where students appear to be enrolled, but have not attended any days of classes or received class schedules. ... The district said 10th day enrollment totaled 367,499. In 2002, the district's enrollment was 438,589.
  • Education Secretary Duncan’s children to go to Chicago private school he attended

    09/26/2015 10:49:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan grew up in Chicago and attended the private, prestigious University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The pre-K-12 Lab Schools are progressive institutions ... resident Obama’s two daughters attended the school before moving to Washington in 2009, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s children are enrolled there now. And in the fall, Duncan’s children will be attending Lab, too, while his wife works there. .... his children will attend a progressive private school in Chicago, a school that does not follow key school reform policies that his Education Department has set for public schools. It does not, for example,...
  • Common Core Disses Bilingual Education

    09/21/2015 11:20:14 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The bad reviews of Common Core keep pouring in, and not just from the right of center. “Among bilingual educators there has been much debate about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS),” Jeff Bale writes in the Fall 2015 issue of Rethinking Schools. “Some of the most respected scholars of bilingual education have endorsed the Common Core and are working hard to make it relevant for English learners.” “Others have been more suspicious. Not only do the standards focus on English-only, critics note, but they were bankrolled by the Gates Foundation, pushed on states in a way that amounts to...
  • This Dad Wrote Out a Common Core Math Check to the School and It’s Brilliant

    09/19/2015 10:20:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/19/2015 | PAULA BOLYARD
    An Ohio dad wanted to let his son’s elementary school know how frustrated his family is about Common Core math. Douglas Hermann from Painesville posted a picture on his Facebook page of a check made out to Melridge Elementary School with place value chart in place of the dollar amounts: If you’re unfamiliar with this method of teaching math, check out this video of a little girl demonstrating how to add three-digit numbers using both the traditional method and the Common Core method: Little Girl Destroys Common Core Math in Under 2 MinutesHermann also wrote on his Facebook page, “It’s sad...
  • Don’t Listen To Trump: Here’s the Truth About Carly Fiorina’s Business Record

    09/16/2015 6:40:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    IJReview ^ | 09/16/2015 | Liz Mair
    Earlier this week, someone who had read my piece about Donald Trump’s less-than-A+ record in business asked me if I’d write something about Carly Fiorina’s business record and why I think despite Democratic and Trumpette knocks on it, it actually indicates that she would do a good job as President (full disclosure: I have worked with and consulted for Carly Fiorina in the past). With that in mind, here goes nothing.First, let’s start broad brush, with the basic recognition that Carly Fiorina is a self-made woman. Unlike Trump, she comes from a family of academic types, not business people—let alone...
  • Republicans jockey for conservative credibility (Jeb BOOED)

    09/18/2015 8:54:15 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 32 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 18, 2015 | STEVE PEOPLES and BILL BARROW
    [SNIP] Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush triggered boos when he defended his early support for the Common Core education standards, a policy developed by state leaders in both parties that has become a target of tea party ire. "I'm for higher standards, and Common Core standards are higher than the standards that exist," Bush said before being interrupted by boos. "If South Carolina wants to be without Common Core standards, great, just make sure the standards that you apply are higher than the ones before you had Common Core. Standards matter. Accountability matters." [SNIP]
  • Minority Teachers Quitting Due To Racism And Black Income Disparity; Common Core, Child Discipline?

    09/17/2015 5:08:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies ^ | September 17, 2015 | Patrick Frye
    A new report claims the United States’ education system is seeing minority teachers quitting at an alarming rate. Experts cited by the Washington Post claim it is possible a history of racism and income disparity might explain why some black teachers are quitting their jobs, but others believe the new standardized curriculum like Common Core and the inability to apply child discipline may have frustrated these teachers.
  • Public Schools Promote Islam, Ignore Christianity: What You Can Do to Stop The Insanity

    09/17/2015 6:49:13 AM PDT · by kindred · 33 replies
    Tennessee parents are voicing their concerns about a middle school history assignment in which students were asked to write "Allah is the only god." (Washington, DC)—What if your child or grandchild's public school forced them to write out the Shahada—the Islamic conversion creed—while [skipping] Christianity? (Photo via What if your child's study guide had a section called "Origins of Islam" that included statements such as, "Around the age of 40, the angel Gabriel told Muhammad that he was to be a prophet of Allah."? Stated as fact, not belief. Yet, according to reports and numerous contacts to the American...
  • New Donald Trump Video Series "Trump Talks". He Takes Your Calls.

    09/02/2015 6:02:28 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 20 replies ^ | 08/02/2015 | Steven Crowder
    This one's all in good fun. But a new video series, "TrumpTalks" in which Donald Trump takes calls from you, the voters. Do not click if you don't like comedy or are easily offended by even the slightest of jokes at Donald Trump's expense.
  • New York Officials Think Common Core Name Change Will Totally Fool Everybody

    09/17/2015 9:41:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/17/2015 | Eric Owens
    The state of New York looks to be the next state with plans to re-brand the Common Core by calling it something else but otherwise making virtually no substantive curriculum changes. New York Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch announced in a public radio interview on Tuesday that education bureaucrats are “toying with” the possibility of a new statewide name for the perpetually unpopular Common Core State Standards Initiative... There is so much politicization about those words — ‘Common Core,'” Tisch said in the interview. “So we can call them the Empire State Standards, or New York’s Higher Standards. The...
  • Common Core Co-Author Admits He Wrote Curriculum to End “White Privilege” (written last year.....)

    09/15/2015 8:29:26 AM PDT · by yoe · 54 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | November 6, 2014 | Dean Garrison
    According to (Onan Coca), "Dr. David Pook is a professor at Granite State College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He's also the chair of the History Department and one of the authors of the ( Common Core standards). He was a guest at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics when he opened up on his reasons for participating in the creation of the Common Core standards."[snip] No, it's not about uniform and effective educational standards that benefit our children. This is about (a leftist agenda) and yet another shining example of (the trainwreck called political correctness.) Dr. Pook's startling admission is...
  • Students forced to recite 'Allah is the only god'

    09/15/2015 7:59:19 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    WND ^ | 09/14/2015 | Bob Unruh
    Amid a new report of Islamic indoctrination in public schools, the American Center for Law and Justice is fighting back with a petition drive that already has garnered 120,000 signatures. Earlier this year, public-school students in Madison, Wisconsin, were given an assignment to “pretend you are Muslim,” while students in Florida were instructed to “recite the Five Pillars of Islam as a prayer, make Islamic prayer rugs and perform other Muslim rituals,” ACLJ said Monday. Now, parents of public-school students in Tennessee are protesting assignments that include writing a declaration that Allah is supreme and textbooks that recount Islamic doctrines...
  • Increasingly Uncommon Common Core

    09/15/2015 7:32:23 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 14, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As more states learn what Common Core involves, fewer of them want anything to do with it. “The number of states participating in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Common Core-aligned testing consortium has fallen from 26 plus Washington, DC in 2010 to just seven states and Washington, DC today, according to the Pioneer Institute,” Heather Kays reported in School Reform News. “Ohio abandoned PARCC on June 30, making it the latest state to back out of the consortium.” “Ohio officials decided in July to use the assessments created by the American Institutes for Research...
  • 'There is no God but Allah'? School accused of indoctrination [Converting American Kids to Islam]

    09/11/2015 10:10:07 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 75 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/10/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Maury County, Tennessee is in the heart of the Bible Belt. So it’s understandable why the local church ladies got all shook up when they discovered that school children had been forced to declare, “There is no God but Allah.” Seventh graders at Spring Hill Middle School spent three weeks covering Islam in a Social Studies class – enraging some parents who say the lessons crossed the line into indoctrination and proselytization. “I am not pleased that my 12-year-old was taught the Islamic conversion prayer,” parent Brandee Porterfield told me. Could you imagine the outcry from liberal activists if the...
  • Less Than Half of California Students Passed New Common Core Standards

    09/09/2015 8:05:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    The assessments, called Smarter Balanced, test understanding of the new Common Core standards, benchmarks for what students should master by the end of each grade in reading and math Less than half of all California students passed new math and English tests aligned with the Common Core standards and considered indicators of college and career readiness, according to results released Wednesday. Forty-four percent of students in third through eighth and 11th grades met or exceeded the new language-arts assessment, while 34 percent passed the math test. Though state education officials cautioned against drawing comparisons with previous standardized tests, the...
  • Students score low on California’s new standardized tests

    09/09/2015 2:51:25 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 9, 2015 | Jill Tucker
    California schools posted standardized test scores Wednesday for the first time in two years, and the results were not stellar. Just one-third of the state’s public-school students were tested as proficient for their grade level in math and only 44 percent in English, state education officials said. Under the old test in 2013, 51 percent of students were proficient in math and 56 percent in English.
  • GRADE SCHOOL GIRLS in Germany Ordered to Cover Up – So As Not to Incite Muslim Refugees

    09/08/2015 5:21:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 64 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/8/15 | Pamela Geller
    Let’s review: American schools under Common Core are teaching our children the shahada (the Muslim declaration of faith inscribed on the black flag of jihad). Schools in Europe will stop serving pork in schools to avoid offending Muslims. Magazine editors in Europe are murdered in cold-blood because they ran cartoons of Muhammad. An event we organized in Texas was the target of a mass murder attempt by jihadis because Muhammad was depicted. I have a fatwa on my head for organizing the event.And still more submission, more surrender is required. Just the way I was attacked for organizing an art...
  • School Parents Angry After Students Instructed To Write ‘ALLAH IS THE ONLY GOD’ [Daniel 7, Rev 13]

    09/07/2015 4:16:22 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/5/2015 | Eric Owens
    Parents in a Nashville suburb expressed alarm this week because their middle school children are learning about Islam in a world history class but, they say, the school is pointedly ignoring Christianity. Brandee Porterfield, who has a seventh-grade daughter at Spring Hill Middle School in Spring Hill, Tenn., said her daughter came home with world history schoolwork all about the Five Pillars of Islam and other core teachings of the Abrahamic religion. Specifically, according to Spring Hill Home Page, Porterfield said her daughter’s world history project was based around the Five Pillars. The first and most important pillar — the...
  • Eliminate Common Core: Keep State and Federal Dollars

    09/07/2015 6:52:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | September 20, 2013 | Karen Schroeder
    If you live in Wisconsin or any state that supports "local control" of schools, here is some exciting news. School districts that replace Common Core Standards with a different set of standards are entitled to receive state and federal funding. The process is simple. It is time to stop complaining and take some action. Become a voice for the children. [....] Those states that are not local control states have the right to reject Common Core Standards and replace them with a preferable set of standards according to Article 10 in the U.S. Constitution and to three federal statutes: The...
  • I would like some guidance regarding the elimination of Common Core

    09/07/2015 6:15:34 AM PDT · by knarf · 30 replies
    self | September (already?) 7, 2015 | knarf
    Like many school districts, mine accepted government funds promising to install common core.
  • Public School Parents Angry After Middle Schoolers Instructed To Write ‘ALLAH IS THE ONLY GOD’

    09/05/2015 11:17:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies ^ | september 5, 2015 | Eric Owens
    Parents in a Nashville suburb expressed alarm this week because their middle school children are learning about Islam in a world history class but, they say, the school is pointedly ignoring Christianity. Brandee Porterfield, who has a seventh-grade daughter at Spring Hill Middle School in Spring Hill, Tenn., said her daughter came home with world history schoolwork all about the Five Pillars of Islam and other core teachings of the Abrahamic religion. Specifically, according to Spring Hill Home Page, Porterfield said her daughter’s world history project was based around the Five Pillars. The first and most important pillar — the shahada in Arabic...
  • TN 7th graders write, recite ‘Allah is the only god’ in history class

    09/05/2015 5:00:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    EAG News ^ | 09/04/15 | Victor Skinner
    Brandee Porterfield doesn’t think her daughter should be assigned to write “Allah is the only god; Mohammad is his prophet” as a school assignment. “To me, a Christian child should not be made to write that,” Porterfield, mother of a seventh grader at Spring Hill Middle School, told the Columbia Daily News. She also takes offense to what she said is a three week focus on Islam in her daughter’s history course, especially since the class skipped past a chapter on Christianity – the predominant religion in Tennessee. “I have a big problem with that,” Porterfield said. “From a historical...
  • Smells Like Common Core

    08/31/2015 11:46:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 31, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Even when teachers don’t appear to be complaining about Common Core they actually are, because CC is so unpopular that bureaucrats and politicians try to camouflage it. Yet and still, like the spots on a leopard, C squared’s trademarks are becoming easy to spot. For example, on his personal blog, Bronx teacher Jamaal Bowman complained about the Tyranny of Standardized Testing but the CC standards are fairly simple to discern. I tried to make them even easier by italicizing: “As a classroom teacher, the state test jargon became part of the lexicon. We were told to focus more on “non...
  • South Dakota Drops Study of Early U.S. History as a High School Requirement

    08/31/2015 5:42:12 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 48 replies
    govtslaves ^ | August 31 2015 | Steve Straehley
    Students in South Dakota will now graduate from high school without studying early American history, under new teaching guidelines adopted by the state. After a year of deliberations, the state Board of Education adopted new curriculum standards that no longer require instructors to teach the first 100 years of U.S. history. Such milestone events and developments as the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution could be completely ignored. Cutting out early U.S. history in 11th grade hurts the ability of students to “think historically” when they reach higher education, according to a letter sent to the state...
  • U. Wisconsin official: let's stop prosecuting shoplifting

    08/30/2015 8:07:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | Peter Fricke
    Mitchell, a former assistant district attorney, says his comments were not an endorsement of shoplifting. A University of Wisconsin-Madison official claims laws against shoplifting are just an excuse to over-police minority communities. “I just don’t think that they should be prosecuting cases… for people who steal from Wal-Mart,” said Everett Mitchell, director of community relations for the university, during an on-campus event. “I don’t think [with] Target or all them other places, them big box stores that have insurance, they should be using the fact that people steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police practices, right?”...
  • As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

    08/29/2015 6:59:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2015 4:43 PM EDT | Christine Armario
    Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. They all participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups of states awarded $330 million by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop exams to test students on the Common Core state standards in math and English language arts. Scores in...
  • Anita Hoge on the Women On The Wall Conference Call- How Data will Control your Child

    08/28/2015 7:38:28 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 10 replies ^ | 08/27/2015 | Alice Linahan
    Alice Linahan hosts the Women On the Wall Conference Call with special guest Antia Hoge on the devastating agenda behind the Re-Authorization of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965)Here is a link to the full conference call~ Alice-linahan – Anita-hoge-and-lynne-taylor-on-women-on-the-wall-with-alice-linahan Documents and links to prove Anita in right. HR5 - Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative-…-revitalization Anita Hoge's post Just the Page HR5 Student Success Act -…bers-S-1177.pdf RTI & PBIS Response to Intervention & Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Data Based Individualization-…CHOBABBLE-2.pdf Positive Behavior Intervention and Support and Comprehensive School and Community Treatment Process Document…S_Checklist.pdf
  • Education Wonk Changes His Mind on Arne Duncan

    08/24/2015 8:28:57 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 24, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Michael Petrilli recently wrote an apologetic op-ed for Fordham’s e-mail newsletter entitled “The new ESEA will be ‘loose-loose’ because Arne Duncan went overboard with ‘tight-tight’.” arne duncan A champion for Common Core, a top-down, federal government mandated education curriculum, Petrilli reversed course on his opinions of Arne Duncan’s Department of Education and its overreach in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). He admitted he’s changed his views and took issue with criticism over this change. Petrilli noted the criticism from an “Obama administration alumnus” Chad Aldeman, currently at Bellwether Education Partners...

    08/24/2015 5:45:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 23 Aug 2015 | SARAH RUMPF
    Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare—a move that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled was optional and up to state discretion—is a sore subject for fiscal conservatives and led to him being, not just left out of an event held in his backyard, but attacked by several of the event’s speakers, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and AFP President Tim Phillips. Obamacare critics do not like how the law allows Medicaid, originally enacted as a safety net to provide health coverage for poor mothers and children, to be expanded to cover able-bodied, working-age adults. Federal funds cover the costs...
  • Trump on Rowdy Town Hall Meeting: 'These Are My People'

    08/20/2015 6:25:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 19, 2015 | Greg Richter
    Donald Trump held his first town hall meeting Wednesday night before a rowdy Derry, New Hampshire crowd that cheered, chimed in and booed when he mentioned his presidential rivals. "These are my people," a gleeful Trump said. Jeb Bush, the establishment favorite, was nine miles away holding a simultaneous town hall event, and Trump couldn't help but comment on the man who's crown he appears — at least for now — to have taken and whom he has described as an unenthusiastic candidate. "Right down the road we have Jeb. Very small crowd," Trump said. "We have 2,500. … There...
  • Jeb Bush pitches "total voucherization" at education summit

    08/19/2015 12:40:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/19/15 | STEPHANIE CONDON
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and other 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls on Wednesday endorsed school vouchers as a means of driving competition and innovation in the nation's school systems. "Why not allow total voucherization? Nevada is moving in this direction," Bush said at a New Hampshire education summit. "Let the suppliers come up with the creative solutions, have high expectations and accountability, and get out of the way." Bush said schools would benefit from "innovation" since "the system we have today is still designed as though it was in the 1930's."
  • Bush, Kasich get F grades on Common Core, group says (Cruz A-; Trump B-)

    08/19/2015 8:01:28 AM PDT · by VinL · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/19/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush and John Kasich get failing grades on Common Core, while Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are the only Republicans running for president to escape blame on the thorny education issue, according to a new analysis from a conservative think tank. The Hill got an exclusive first look at a report card produced by the American Principles in Action that grades the GOP candidates on how fiercely they oppose Common Core, the set of education standards that were adopted by 46 states five years ago but have since become toxic with the conservative base Nearly the entirety of the...
  • Jeb Bush, seemingly perfect on paper, just hasn't caught on with GOP voters

    08/17/2015 5:29:43 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 69 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/17/15 | SEEMA MEHTA
    On paper, Jeb Bush is the perfect establishment candidate for the Republican presidential nomination: A two-term governor of a crucial swing state who oversaw economic expansion and spearheaded education reform. A conservative, but with a cerebral, optimistic tone that probably won't enrage moderate voters, unlike the unabashed social-issue warriors in the GOP field. A prolific fundraiser whose advantage stems from the powerful donor networks of his brother, former President George W. Bush, and his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Yet the former Florida governor — for all his might on paper — has failed to catch on with Republican...
  • In Bush, Cruz Finds Increasingly Useful Foil

    08/14/2015 8:25:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 8/12/15 | Patrick Svitek
    As Ted Cruz traipses through the South, his mentions of one Republican draw more derision than that of any Democrat, President Obama and presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton included. Jeb Bush. During campaign stops Monday and Tuesday in Tennessee and Mississippi, Cruz's references to the former Florida governor, now a staple of the senator's stump speech, often elicited loud booing, sometimes accompanied by scattered shouts of "Establishment!" or "RINO!" (Republican In Name Only). For months, the Republican Texas senator has been alluding to Bush as the archetypal moderate, insufficiently conservative and guaranteed to shut the GOP out of the White House...
  • At Iowa State Fair, Jeb Bush plays the sober adult in a summer of anger

    08/14/2015 10:50:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/14/15 | Philip Rucker
    Jeb Bush stepped onto the fabled soapbox under a broiling sun at the Iowa State Fair here Friday and offered himself to voters as a sober adult campaigning in a summer of anger — a reformer, a consensus-builder, a competent executive who would roll up his sleeves and fix things. "I’m tired of the divides," the former Florida governor said. "I campaign the way that I would govern — out amongst everybody, no rope lines, totally out in the open." Then the fairgoers started asking Bush questions. They asked about the legacy of his brother, a former president. And his...
  • Back-handed compliment of the day: Ted Cruz on Jeb Bush

    08/12/2015 4:51:08 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/12/15 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz offered rare and most likely tongue-in-cheek praise to his ideological rival, Jeb Bush, for his "candor" in not backing down from his more moderate positions on immigration and Common Core. Cruz, who has looked to position himself as the furthest-right candidate in the field, said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that he appreciated that Bush, who may be the GOP's furthest to the left, was not changing his positions. "There are candidates in the field who attempt to change their position to do better in primaries, and Jeb Bush has demonstrated a remarkable candor defending positions,"...
  • Transparently Predictable Political Tripwires: Tonight, Carly Fiorina

    08/10/2015 6:05:25 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 38 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | 8/10/15 | Sundance
    Transparently Predictable Political “Tripwires”.. August 10, 2015 First the good news ! Many people are beginning to have the awakening, the fundamental paradigm shift needed to understand the rather complex construct of the GOPe machine. At the request of many people who are only recently accepting the scope of the ruse, that is the 2016 GOP primary, we are going to begin identifying the “tripwires” before they are crossed, and then highlighting the tripwire WHEN it is crossed. Yesterday we told you of a specific “tripwire” to look for. Today, we share what it looks like moments before it is...
  • Hillary Clinton Unveils $350 billion plan to kill college debt

    08/10/2015 11:27:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/10/2015 | By NIRVI SHAH and KIMBERLY HEFLING
    Hillary Clinton on Monday rolled out a sweeping higher education plan — a $350 billion proposal that would help millions pay for college and reduce interest rates for people with student loans. The plan, which would change the way a large swath of Americans pay for college, borrows ideas from the left and the right and even expands a program enacted by her husband. It includes ideas already being discussed in Congress and for which groundwork has been laid by the Obama administration. The proposal, dubbed the New College Compact, is unlikely to win over many in the GOP because...
  • Is Jeb Bush Shifting to the Right?

    08/10/2015 8:37:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 68 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/10/15 | ELIANA JOHNSON
    Jeb Bush’s most famous, or infamous, remark of the campaign season was that a Republican candidate must be willing to “lose the primary” in order to win the general election. For the most part, Bush has campaigned like he meant what he said: He’s defended his positions on immigration reform and Common Core, though they’re unpopular with much of the Republican base, and he angered conservatives on Capitol Hill by pushing for a confirmation vote on Attorney General Loretta Lynch, which some were trying to hold up at the time. But in the week leading up to the first Republican...
  • Fiorina Campaign Explains Past Support for Race to the Top, NCLB

    08/09/2015 4:50:44 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 43 replies ^ | May 15, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign explained her past support for Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind today. Sarah Isgur Flores, Fiorina’s communications direct, sent Caffeinated Thoughts the following email: Carly does not support Common Core. As she has said, there is absolutely no evidence that the work of a big, centralized bureaucracy in Washington makes things better. In fact, there’s loads of evidence to the contrary. The Department of Education has been growing in size and budget for 40 years and the quality of our education continues to deteriorate. Carly has always believed that choice...
  • Jeb Bush And The Common Core Debacle

    08/09/2015 5:33:26 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies ^ | August 7, 2015 | Remso Martinez
    During the first round of the 2016 GOP presidential debates, Jeb Bush was pressured by the moderators to explain his history of pushing for Common Core implementation across the country. In his statement, Bush said: “I don’t believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards directly or indirectly, the creation of curriculum or content. It is clearly a state responsibility. I’m for higher standards…” In his statement though, Bush avoided the specific answer the moderators wanted, which was whether or not he did or did not endorse the current Common Core curricula be adopted by various...
  • Two Nine-Year-Olds’ Magnificent Open Letter to Disney About Racial and Gender Stereotypes

    08/09/2015 10:15:31 AM PDT · by Defiant · 34 replies
    Brain Pickings ^ | August 9, 2015 | Maria Popova
    In the spring of 2015, a nine-year-old boy named Dexter went to Disneyland with his family and found himself deeply unsettled — not by a scary ride or the unpleasantness of waiting in line, but by some of the most unsettling cultural issues of our time: racial and gender stereotypes. Disney, the world’s most prolific purveyor of pink plastic, has a long history of perpetuating gender stereotypes and feeding our unconscious biases, but what Dexter so astutely observed seemed like a particularly acute symptom of a larger cultural malady. .......... Dexter and Sybilla go to The Cathedral School of St....
  • White House was ‘grateful’ to Jeb Bush for helping with Common Core, says former Obama aide

    08/09/2015 6:37:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/9/15 | Valerie Strauss
    This canÂ’t be a tweet that Jeb Bush is going to like. Daniel Pfeiffer, a former senior advisor to President Obama for strategy and communications, expressed the White HouseÂ’s gratitude to the former two-term Florida governor on Thursday, the day of the GOP presidential contender debates were held in Cleveland. For what? For supporting the Common Core State Standards and even helping them to persuade states to adopt them. HereÂ’s the tweet Dan Pfeiffer âś”@danpfeiffer When I worked in the White House, we were always grateful to @JebBush for his efforts to help us urge states to adopt Common Core...
  • All about the Barack Hussein Obama Muslim connection to Common Core

    08/06/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by wtd · 12 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | August 5, 2015 | BNI
    All about the Barack Hussein Obama Muslim connection to Common CoreIn the last few years we have seen a movement in our country to nationalize our educational system, to implement Common Core in all schools. Inside the schools, the most drastic change has been an overwhelming influence of Islam and Sharia law. Education publishing giant, Pearson, whose biggest investor is the Libyan Investment Authority, is a major supplier of Islam-oriented text books for American schools. As is the nation of Qatar.Pearson owners are deeply involved in the Muslim Brotherhood and linked to CAIR. “Muslim Brotherhood documents seized by the...