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  • Profiting As Nonprofits: Schools Provide 'Lucrative' Pay and Benefits Despite Status

    12/07/2011 6:15:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/7/2011 | Tom Gantert
    As superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools, Michael Rice had a total compensation of $321,252 in 2010. Yet Rice was one of a dozen public school superintendents who signed a letter criticizing charter public schools and raising the “for-profit” status of some of the charter school’s contracted management companies. The teachers in Rice’s district make an average of $20,000 a year more than the median income for a household in the city of Kalamazoo. The median income for a household in the city of Kalamazoo is $31,189. The average teacher salary in Kalamazoo was $51,391 in 2010, according to the state...
  • Why the Union Attacks Us — and FDR

    12/05/2011 9:21:16 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/5/2011 | Tom Shull
    The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest public school employee organization, has claimed that a recent email from Mackinac Center Senior Legislative Analyst Jack McHugh is “exposing the (Center) for what it really is,” because McHugh briefly stated, “Our goal is (to) outlaw government collective bargaining in Michigan. …” The idea that this is “exposing” anything hidden is bizarre; the Center has long questioned collective bargaining in government and has publicly recommended its repeal. Significantly, however, the MEA is mounting the attack at the very time when policymakers are finally beginning to address the worst excesses of collective bargaining for...
  • Nevada Think Tank Files Complaint Challenging Ability Of Government Employees To Serve Legislature

    11/30/2011 5:16:54 PM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    Nevada News Bureau ^ | | 3:02 pm November 30th, 2011 | By Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – A conservative Nevada think tank today filed a complaint in district court against Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, saying the separation of powers clause in the state constitution prohibits government employees from serving in the Legislature. Denis works for the state Public Utilities Commission as a computer technician. Attorney Joseph Becker with the Nevada Policy Research Institute’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation said his client William Pojunis is qualified to perform, and would like to apply for, Denis’ job.
  • Suspension gap riles St. Paul school board

    11/28/2011 2:36:46 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 21 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 11-25-11 | DAAREL BURNETTE II
    About 15 percent of black students in St. Paul were suspended at least once last year, compared with 3 percent of whites. To address the problem, the district decided in 2009 to spend about $450,000 of $58 million it received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to institute the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The program requires administrators and teachers to periodically evaluate their school rules and determine which ones call for suspensions and which call for lesser punishments. They're also encouraged to be more explicit about what is expected of students in order to be successful...
  • Gun Owners Give Thanks for Three 2nd Amendment Victories

    11/24/2011 6:37:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    outdoorlife.com ^ | 23 November, 2011 | John Haughey
    Gun owners have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving with three significant Second Amendment victories within the last week. 1.) On Nov. 16, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 822, the long-awaited National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals with state-issued concealed firearm permits or licenses to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also issues concealed firearm permits or licenses, or in any state that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms. Previous versions of the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act never made it beyond the House. This time, it was approved in a...
  • Feds bag idea of curbing target practice on public lands

    11/23/2011 5:03:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Miguel Llanos ^ | 11/23/11 | Miguel Llanos
    The Obama administration on Wednesday backed off a draft policy to restrict target shooting on federal land near residential areas. In a memo, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he would direct his agency to "take no further action to develop or implement" the draft. U.S. News & World Report posted a copy of the memo on its website. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., last Friday sent Salazar a letter asking that the draft policy be canned, saying he worried it would be taken advantage of by anti-gun rights groups. "Any draft proposal regarding recreation on public lands must continue to guarantee...
  • Bureau of Land Management: Shooting Okay Again on Public Lands

    11/20/2011 2:18:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 18 November, 2011 | Howard Nemerov
    My last article was about the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to curtail shooting on public lands, curiously, I received a comment alleging this was all a “tempest in a teapot.” If so, why would the Bureau of Land Management decide to revise their draft guidelines on public land usage to include “input and recommendations” from conservation and hunting organizations? Why did they need to clarify with the following statement? “We are in no way interested in banning recreational target shooting, hunting, or fishing—on the contrary, our goal is to develop guidance that will help land managers maximize and preserve...
  • Penn State May Seek (sovereign) Immunity After Skirting Public Laws

    11/16/2011 6:36:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
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  • Public School Teachers Aren't Underpaid

    11/08/2011 4:50:54 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11-8-11 | ANDREW G. BIGGS And JASON RICHWINE
    Despite recent layoffs, teachers still have greater job security than workers in private businesses. While employment in education declined by 2.9% between September 2008 and July 2011, according to BLS data, overall private-sector employment declined by 4.4%. Moreover, from 2005 through 2010 the unemployment rate for public school teachers averaged 2.1%, versus 4.1% for private school teachers and 3.8% for occupations that some consider comparable, such as computer programmers and insurance underwriters.
  • Record-Low Support Banning Handguns in U.S.

    11/07/2011 3:40:58 PM PST · by epow · 27 replies
    According to Gallup’s annual Crime Poll, conducted earlier this month, a record-low 26 percent of Americans favor a ban on the possession of handguns in the United States. When Gallup first asked Americans this question some 50 years ago, 60 percent favored banning handguns; however, since 1975, the majority of Americans have opposed such a measure, with opposition as high as 70 percent in recent years. This data follows the release last month of FBI statistics that show for the fourth straight year sales of firearms have increased while crime has continued to decrease. The Gallup poll also found that...
  • GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES IN FLORIDA SAY: “Public Sector Unions Should Not Exist”

    11/07/2011 3:17:55 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 5 replies
    Special Guests ^ | Nov. 7o, 2011 | C. Edmund Wright
    Daytona Beach, Florida – With a major referendum on public sector unions Tuesday in Ohio, three of the four candidates appearing in the Florida Tea Party Convention Debate Sunday indicated that the very existence of public sector unions is a flawed system that should be ended while the fourth, front runner Herman Cain, said a Cain Presidency would not cater to the union minority over the non union majority. The union question was posed by moderator C. Edmund Wright, an American Thinker columnist and tea party speaker who has written and spoken extensively on government union problems. Former Senator Rick...
  • Is the Public Sector Hurting? In fact, government workers have been the safest of all

    10/27/2011 8:33:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/27/2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    ‘It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about,” Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid claimed last week. Senator Reid is simply wrong: The private sector has suffered from much deeper job cuts than public-sector workers have faced. Obviously, Americans are hurting, with some 7 million losing their jobs since the start of the recession. And that doesn’t include the 7.2 million people who should have entered the work force over the same time period. But the pain hasn’t been in...
  • Public Education: How Wishful Thinking and Good Intentions Destroyed Public Education

    New Book on Public Education Public Ed Dread: How Wishful Thinking and Good Intentions Reformed Academics Right Out of Our Public Schools is a must-read for concerned parents, homeschoolers, grassroots reformers, and concerned citizens alike trying to make sense of American public education. This book was written by a teacher with years of experience in the system. The author taught in a low-income, Title I failing school in California where she experienced the politics of whole language and No Child Left Behind. She also taught in a middle-class, suburban school where she witnessed the effects of the accountability reform movement...
  • Statewide test results dismal for 11th-graders ( Illinois )

    10/20/2011 6:11:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Tribune ^ | October 20, 2011 | Diane Rado and Tara Malone
    About half of Illinois public high school students flunked state exams in reading, math and science this year, the worst performance in the history of the 11th-grade Prairie State Achievement Examination, statewide test results show. The record-low results, scheduled to be released Thursday, come after Illinois closed loopholes that kept academically weak juniors from taking the exams, a practice revealed in a 2009 Tribune analysis. Some local school officials attributed their declines in part to the larger testing pool that included less-prepared students. At the same time, grade schools posted the highest passing rate in a decade this year —...
  • NPR Host/Occupy Protester Says She's Been Fired

    10/20/2011 8:25:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 81 replies · 1+ views
    NPR Host/Occupy Protester Says She's Been Fired By Tim Graham Created 10/20/2011 - 10:56am AP is reporting NPR host/Occupy protest leader Lisa Simeone has been fired: "A freelance broadcaster who works for music and documentary programs has been fired from a job after NPR questioned her involvement in a Washington protest." Lisa Simeone said Thursday that she was fired from "Soundprint," a documentary show that is not produced by NPR, but by Soundprint Media in nearby Laurel, Maryland. "Simeone says she was fired Wednesday in a phone call during which NPR's code of ethics was read to her." Simeone is...
  • Reid signals government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs

    10/19/2011 10:38:45 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | Oct 19 2011 | By Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders. "It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about," Reid said on the Senate floor. Reid was responding to recent comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who accused Democrats of purposefully pursuing higher taxes as part of the teacher/first-responder bill, S....
  • Teachers join Occupy L.A. movement with march

    10/18/2011 12:50:06 PM PDT · by kingu · 24 replies
    KABC TV Los Angeles ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Subha Ravindhran and Robert Holguin
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A strong showing is expected in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, as more people join the sweeping movement sparked by Occupy Wall Street protesters. Demonstrators with the Occupy L.A. group have been living in tents outside of City Hall for about two weeks protesting against what they call corporate greed. On Tuesday, the teacher's union will join Occupy L.A. in a march to LAUSD headquarters where the school board will be meeting. They are looking to start a second occupation site to protest teacher layoffs. The union wants the district to re-hire the 1,200 teachers...
  • Group Urges More Money to Aid Poor in School ($18K/year in NY should be $23K/year)

    10/10/2011 12:29:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 9, 2011 | WINNIE HU
    New York State already outspends the rest of the nation on education, and a group of education experts at Teachers College at Columbia University is calling for it to spend even more. At a conference on Tuesday, the Campaign for Educational Equity, an institute of the college, will make the case that the state, which spends an average of $18,126 annually per student, should also pay for an array of support services outside the classroom that would cost an additional $4,750 annually for every poor student, or millions more every year. “This is not going the cheap way,” said Michael...
  • August construction spending up 1.4%

    10/03/2011 10:05:59 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 2 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.3.11 | Ruth Mantell
    Outlays for U.S. construction projects rose 1.4% in August on public and private spending gains...Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected overall construction spending to decline 0.3%
  • Strict eavesdropping law ruled unconstitutional in Illinois case

    09/17/2011 7:29:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    rcfp.org ^ | 16 September, 2011 | Kirsten Berg
    An Illinois judge ruled the state’s eavesdropping law unconstitutional as applied to a man who faced up to to 75 years in prison for secretly recording his encounters with police officers and a judge. “A statute intended to prevent unwarranted intrusions into a citizen’s privacy cannot be used as a shield for public officials who cannot assert a comparable right of privacy in their public duties,” the judge wrote in his decision dismissing the five counts of eavesdropping charges against defendant Michael Allison. “Such action impedes the free flow of information concerning public officials and violates the First Amendment right...
  • Obama HHS: Doctor malpractice, disciplinary data no longer public

    09/14/2011 12:41:00 PM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 6 replies
    fiercehealthcare.com ^ | Sept 14, 2011 | Alicia Caramenico
    While the healthcare industry promotes enhanced transparency, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is taking a step in the other direction, shutting down the once-public National Practitioner Data Bank, reports The Kansas City Star. As a result, the public can no longer access information on malpractice and disciplinary actions against thousands of doctors. "We have a responsibility to make sure under federal law that it remains confidential," said Martin Kramer, spokesman for the HHS's Health Resources and Services Administration, which oversees the Data Bank. The HHS defends the shutdown, noting that the names of doctors were getting leaked...
  • Senate Leader Supports Right to Work For Teachers

    09/13/2011 7:30:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/12/2011 | Tom Gantert
    State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, said he will support right-to-work for public school employees, calling it a “right-to-teach.” Richardville made his comments Friday while on WKAR's "Off The Record." Richardville said teachers wouldn't be forced to join unions, such as the Michigan Education Association, under a right-to-teach law. “They would have to recruit,” Richardville said.
  • Feds: Public workers paid better than private workers

    09/12/2011 3:45:19 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 23 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | Sept 10 2011 | Teri Sforza, Register staff writer
    Here’s the latest on who makes what from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (whose workers, we’ll point out here, happen to be public employees): Workers in the private sector made an average of $28.13 per hour in total compensation in June (wages contributed $19.81 to that, and benefits added $8.32)While state and local government workers made an average of $40.40 per hour (wages were $26.41, and benefits, $13.99). Of course, the amount one earns is a function of the skills and education one possesses. Our colleague Jan Norman tells you a bit more about the breakdown by job type here.It is often argued that many state and local government workers...
  • Home schools rise in CHINA

    09/08/2011 1:34:24 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 10 replies
    China Daily ^ | September 5, 2011 | Qihui Gao
    Home schools emerged in many places of China today due to the parents' concern about the public education, the China Youth Daily reported Monday.A growing number of parents in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces are choosing to let their children receive an education at home rather than attend public kindergartens, primary, junior or senior middle schools.Some parents think their children cannot realize the happiness of learning, acquire useful knowledge effectively and master learning for a modern society through the current methods taught in schools. A recent seminar about launching home school projects was held by 21st Century Education Research...
  • Confessions of a bad teacher

    08/30/2011 2:18:13 PM PDT · by flowerplough · 31 replies
    Salon ^ | 29 Aug | Owens
    I took a job in the NYC public school system because I wanted to make a difference. I ended up living a nightmare. ... The next day, I told my 8th graders that unless they quieted down, I would hold them after school. It didn't work. Tried again. And again. Finally, as the school day ended, I stood by the door. "No one is leaving." I said. "You're all staying after school for 10 minutes." But eight and a half minutes into this after-school faceoff, Ms. P pushed her way in. "What is going on here?!" she shouted, her mouth...
  • Why do CBO and Treasury debt figures differ by a large amount?

    08/17/2011 9:07:44 AM PDT · by rokkitapps · 5 replies
    Why does the CBO show debt at 3.4T for 2000 and the treasury shows it at 5.6T (no surplus) for 2000? cbo: http://www.cbo.gov/budget/data/historical.pdf treasury: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt_histo5.htm
  • Newsweek's Smear

    08/11/2011 4:43:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 11, 2011 | Staff
    Media: Talk about the elite lagging behind a more sophisticated public. Newsweek, trying to overcome its slide into obscurity, thought it could grab attention by smearing Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann. Big mistake. The smear came in the form of this week's cover story, which tried unconvincingly to depict GOP presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann as "The Queen of Rage," with a cover shot that made her look maniacal. But if anything, Bachmann comes across as Thatcheresque in her unmovable opposition to more deficit spending. Question her opposition a journalist may do, but don't make it out as...
  • Reading, Writing, Rioting… Philly Flash Mob Is From Oprah-Funded School

    08/10/2011 11:27:52 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 16 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | August 10, 2011, | Jim Hoft
    Are they teaching community organizing at Mastery Charter High School? Philly officials reported that the latest violent flash mob to hit the streets were from an Oprah-funded charter school. Caught On Tape: Philadelphia Teen Mob Attack: MyFoxPHILLY.com The Blaze reported: The incident occurred July 29—the same day flash mob attacks took place in another section of the city—just blocks from Mastery Charter High School. Students in the video face expulsion or suspension, school officials wrote in a letter to residents in the area where the attack took place. Sources told Fox 29 that man attacked in the video was hospitalized...
  • Despite Recall Attempts, School Funding About the Same

    08/08/2011 1:56:57 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/8/2011 | Tom Gantert
    Despite threats of a teachers’ strike and recalls of the governor and other politicians, Michigan’s K-12 public schools will receive $3.1 million more in state funding in 2011-12 than they did the previous year, according to James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. That $3.1 million is a scant 0.03 percent increase from what is an $11 billion state budget for public schools. By comparison, Ann Arbor Public Schools spent about $2.4 million on athletics in 2009. “There is the same amount of state money going to schools this year as there was...
  • ‘Forward’, He Cried From The Rear - (You’re Kidding, Right?)

    08/07/2011 3:05:55 PM PDT · by R.A. Hawkins · 13 replies
    August 7, 2011 | R.A. Hawkins
    ‘Forward’, He Cried From The Rear - (You’re Kidding, Right?) by R.A. Hawkins As we headed for summer this year I listened to the likes of Carville (The lefty skin head) and numerous other leftwing minions as they warned of possible violence and uprisings here in the US. Did I just say they were warning us of the possibility? Yeah I did, didn’t I? I guess I was just being nice. I’m over that now. The left has called for civility in the political dialogue for quite some time now. While they’ve opined they have repeatedly pulled stunts like Carville’s....
  • Police Beat -Taser 'Gentle' Mentally-Ill Homeless Man To Death In Full, CA (Graphic image)

    07/27/2011 6:08:35 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 162 replies
    .dailymail.co.uk/news ^ | 27th July 2011 | Rachel Quigley
    A shocking video has been released allegedly showing police officers tasering and beating a homeless man to death who they claim was resisting arrest. Though the video is not clear, eye witnesses say the homeless man - Kelly Thomas, 37 - was unable to put up any resistance and was lying on the ground on his front when the attack took place on July 5. His screams and cries for his father can be heard amid the tasering noises.
  • Major Media Tricked By Education Spoof [satire]

    07/27/2011 5:16:03 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies
    EducationImproved,blogspot.com ^ | July 23, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    President Obama met with executives from the nation’s largest corporations and demanded large cash payments for education. Corporate bosses eagerly agreed to fork over what amounts to additional taxes for a schools system that does little to educate future employees. President Obama agreed to do nothing in return to improve the state of the public schools. He orated: “We’ll tell you what you need. Your job is to feel guilty and sign checks.” Corporate executives and government officials held hands and sang verses from Gilbert and Sullivan, with an especially rousing rendition of “We are the very model of a...
  • HHS RACE/GENDER/SEX DATA COLLECTION("Affordable Care Act") deadline for public comments

    07/27/2011 11:11:26 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed to begin collecting data on the race, gender identity, ethnicity, disability status, primary language, sex and sexual orientation of every patient and every citizen. The federal government needs to hear from you! DEADLINE - The deadline for your public comments is this coming Monday, August 1st at 11:59 p.m. EDT. However, if you plan to mail your comment by U.S. Post, it must be postmarked today, Wed, July 27.
  • Tech bubble, busted. Housing bubble, busted. Education bubble, coming soon to a university near you.

    07/26/2011 9:38:10 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 24 replies
    The Battalion ^ | 07.26.2011 | Taylor Wolken
    Imagine a product where sky-rocketing prices outpace the growth of inflation and personal income. These prices are fueled by government subsidies, favorable taxation and cheap credit. The peddled product is highly priced and considered a signal and source of middle class prosperity. Those who have it are successful. Those who don't have it are left in the dust and both political parties in Washington, D.C. push relentlessly to expand the products availability to all Americans. No, this is not about the housing bubble. This is the higher education bubble. According to the College Board, tuition and fees at public universities...
  • Sharia in Toronto: the Muslim Girls on Their Period Have to Sit in the Back

    07/21/2011 5:36:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    pj ^ | July 19, 2011 | Bruce Bawer
    This sort of thing should send a chill down the spine of anyone who understands what it means for a country to be free or for a school to be public. It never ceases to amaze. Sharia is putting down roots all over the West, in ever more explicit and obvious ways. And bien pensant folks on the Left continue to insist, fiercely and self-righteously, that nothing of the kind is going on — even though it’s happening right under their noses. One of the lastest breathtaking examples: a public middle school in Toronto where Friday prayers are part of...
  • 14 Cities That Are Being Eaten Alive By Public Sector Workers

    07/18/2011 10:40:47 AM PDT · by fifedom · 36 replies
    Busiess Insider ^ | Jul. 13, 2011 | Grace Wyler
    After years of declining tax revenues, cities and towns across the country are now running out of ways to deal with their ballooning budget deficits. ... Public employee costs account for a large share of municipal budget woes.
  • Kids' Playtime Turns Into Syringe Jabs

    07/14/2011 10:16:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    KRQE ^ | Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011
    Donated syringes left in school closetAt least four Albuquerque kids in pre-school program were stuck with needles after a box apparently donated for their play turned out to contain syringes, city officials said Wednesday. The youngsters in the city-run program at Gov. Bent Elementary School all were 5 years old, Chief Administrative Officer for the city of Albuquerque, Rob Perry, said. Perry said the donated box may have been sitting at the school for about a year. It is not yet clear if the needles were sterile. Or if there were more than just the two officials recovered. Both have...
  • OPS buys 8,000 diversity manuals [Omaha Public Schools]

    07/11/2011 8:09:08 AM PDT · by freespirited · 23 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | 07/10/11 | Joe Dejka
    The Omaha Public Schools used more than $130,000 in federal stimulus dollars to buy each teacher, administrator and staff member a manual on how to become more culturally sensitive. The book by Virginia education consultants could raise some eyebrows with its viewpoints. The authors assert that American government and institutions create advantages that “channel wealth and power to white people,” that color-blindness will not end racism and that educators should “take action for social justice.” The book says that teachers should acknowledge historical systemic oppression in schools, including racism, sexism, homophobia and “ableism,” defined by the authors as discrimination or...
  • Atlanta public school educators cheat to improve student test scores

    07/06/2011 8:14:18 AM PDT · by Steve495 · 15 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | July 6, 2011 | Steve McGough
    Georgia attorney general releases 800-plus page report detailing cheating scandal at Atlanta public schools. Teachers, school administrators and principals were directly involved with various efforts – including outright cheating and changing student answers – to increase the Atlanta school systems student performance scores. Some even held “erasure parties” on weekends to change answers. The report stated that children were denied special-educational assistance because their falsely reported CRCT scores were too high, and during testing, teachers pointed to the correct answer while standing at students’ desks. According to the report, Parks Middle School had the most educators accused of cheating under...
  • Dozens of Atlanta educators falsified tests, state report confirms

    07/05/2011 12:07:40 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 25 replies
    CNN (Communist News Network) ^ | Today | CNN Wired Staff
    Dozens of Atlanta public school educators falsified standardized tests or failed to address such misconduct in their schools, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday in unveiling the results of a state investigation that confirmed widespread cheating in the city schools dating as far back as 2001. "I think the overall conclusion was that testing and results and targets being reached became more important than actual learning for children," Deal said. "And when reaching targets became the goal, it was a goal that was pursued with no excuses." Falsifying test results made the schools appear to be performing better than they really...
  • Two Rulings Find Cuts in Public Pensions Permissible

    07/01/2011 9:26:16 AM PDT · by Qbert · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/1/2011 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    Judges in Colorado and Minnesota have dismissed court challenges by retired public workers whose pensions had been cut — developments that may embolden other states and cities to use pension reductions as a tool to help balance their budgets. The two lawsuits sought to reverse reductions in the cost-of-living adjustments that Colorado and Minnesota had previously promised to retired public workers. Generally speaking, once lawmakers have agreed to provide certain pension benefits to public workers, it is difficult, if not impossible, to roll them back because of protective language in state laws and constitutions and years of court interpretations. Public...
  • Public sector strike hits across Britain (unions ticked off about pension rights)

    06/30/2011 4:10:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/30/11 | Andy Bloxham, Robert Winnett and Andrew Porter
    Public sector strike hits across BritainHundreds of thousands of public sector workers have begun to strike across the country, closing or disrupting schools, colleges, courts, Government offices and job centres. By Andy Bloxham, Robert Winnett and Andrew Porter 8:19AM BST 30 Jun 2011 Port and airports are being affected, causing travel chaos for holidaymakers trying to head abroad. Anyone arriving in the UK today is likely to be among those facing long queues. The impact of the strike began to be felt as early as last night as border control staff refused to turn up for work. Early indications this...
  • PUBLIC UNIONS FLOOD CALIF. ELECTION WITH CASH, LOSES ANYWAY!-

    06/29/2011 5:42:47 AM PDT · by geraldmcg · 4 replies
    WebToday ^ | June 29, 2011 | WebToday
    Public Unions and public union employees spent more than ten times the normal campaign budget to block an anti-public union candidate from winning a Costa Mesa council seat. The result? How did the union candidate fare with more than 1000% of the usual campaign war chest stuffed in it from unions? They lost and the anti-public union candidate won! Times are a changing’ as they say. First Wisconsin, now California. Is this the new normal? For the pro-public unions to get creamed? Americans have it in their DNA to compete and win, and how they want to be compensated for...
  • Christie goes all Scott Walker on Jersey

    06/24/2011 11:50:53 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 24 Jun 2011 | Jazz Shaw
    We may never know how he did it. It could have involved some sort of broad scale mind control experiment. Perhaps he brought in somebody from over the border in Delaware to cast a spell on the state legislature. But in New Jersey – a state generally defined by partisan warfare between liberal Democrats and really liberal Democrats – Governor Chris Christie has met the public workers unions on the field of battle and sent them running like pigs from the gun. New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday approved a broad rollback of benefits for 750,000 government workers and retirees, the...
  • Guess what's the average San Francisco city pension? [ It's 2x the average wage in SF ]

    06/20/2011 11:43:01 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    San Franciso Chronicle ^ | June 20 2011 | SF Chronicle
    Here's some fun facts. OK, maybe not so fun depending on your perspective. The average retiree from San Francisco city government earns an annual pension of $46,272, according to the San Francisco Employees' Retirement System. The average retiree who worked at least 30 years in city government earns an annual pension of $76,981. The average pension for a retiree from the fire department is $108,552. From the police department? $95,016. And everybody else? $41,136. The figures show most retirees aren't getting anywhere near the fat packages that outrage many city residents - like the $264,000 pension paid to former Police...
  • Texas House strip funds from public hospitals performing elective abortions

    06/09/2011 11:45:34 AM PDT · by TLI · 11 replies
    DallasNews.com ^ | June 8, 2011 | ROBERT T. GARRETT
    AUSTIN — The House voted Wednesday to deny state funds to public hospitals that perform elective abortions or do business with entities that provide “abortion-related services.” The amendment added by Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, to a comprehensive health care savings bill would deny funding to any hospital district that uses locally generated taxes to help pay for abortions, except those required in medical emergencies. The taxpayer-supported hospitals also would lose state funding if they “contract or affiliate with other organizations, agencies or entities that provide or refer for abortion or abortion-related services.” The provision was one of two anti-abortion measures...
  • Alabama Passes Mandatory E-Verify & Immigration Enforcement Bill

    06/03/2011 10:10:03 PM PDT · by lwoodham · 136 replies · 1+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | 6/3/2011 | lwoodham
    Alabama Passes Mandatory E-Verify & Immigration Enforcement Bill Friday, June 3, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT An Alabama House and Senate conference committee agreed on a new bill, which both chambers have already passed, that requires the use of E-Verify by all businesses in the state and includes several immigration enforcement provisions. Should Gov. Robert Bentley sign the bill into law, it would become one of the largest state crackdowns on illegal immigration in the country. The bill requires all businesses, public and private, to begin using E-Verify effective April 1, 2012. Businesses that do not comply face suspension of its...
  • Middle school yearbook groups Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, George W. Bush

    Open up the Russellville Middle School yearbook. You'll see the students' pictures, the administration, and a pretty controversial list that's supposed to be covered with a piece of black tape. The list is titled "Top 5 worst people of all time." The top three, in order, are Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, and Charles Manson. Numbers four and five are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
  • Plain White T’s Evil? ‘Diverse’ Group of Students Suspended for Claims of White Supremacy...

    05/30/2011 6:41:33 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 30, 2011 at 2:05pm by | Naked Emperor News
    SOQUEL, Calif. – Students banned from a Central Coast school for wearing a white t-shirt. On Wednesday, Soquel High School suspended at least two students. The students say it’s because of allegations, they’re part of a white supremacist group.
  • Conservative Public School Teacher Calls Florida Exam ‘Soviet-Style Propaganda’

    05/18/2011 8:29:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Big Government ^ | 5/18/11 | Kyle Olson
    There are many conservative teachers sounding the alarm about the hijacking of their profession and the radicalization of school curriculums by left-wing union leaders. Exhibit A: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis saying they’re not teachers but “education workers.”Dean Kalahar is a Sarasota, Florida high school economics teacher. On his blog, he says his guiding principles include private property rights, free market entrepreneurial capitalism and the U.S. Constitution.Kalahar recently brought attention to the new Florida high school senior exit exam, which he says will “indoctrinate children into a progressive and revisionist model critical of America.”