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  • Flunking Civics Should No Longer Be An Option

    04/21/2015 6:01:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 21, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    "Don't know much about history" -- Sam Cooke It's an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. A pollster asks: "What do you think about the level of ignorance and apathy in the country?" The person replies: "I don't know and I don't care." Each week, Jesse Watters of Fox News interviews mostly young people about politics, government, current events and history. He claims their displays of ignorance are not edited. The worst part is that the interviewees don't seem to care that they know little about their government and country. In a recent episode, interviewees...
  • Guilty verdicts reached for 11 of 12 in Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial

    04/01/2015 11:43:22 AM PDT · by magellan · 19 replies
    WSB Television ^ | April 1, 2015 | None Cited
    A jury has reached guilty verdicts in 11 of 12 defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter read verdicts for 26 counts Wednesday afternoon. Only one person, Dessa Curb, was found not-guilty on all counts. The decision comes 7 years after the first investigation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A grand jury indicted 35 educators in March 2013. Twenty-one took plea deals, and another defendant, former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall, died.
  • moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits

    03/30/2015 9:23:41 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tristin Hopper
    VANCOUVER – Spurned by U.S. regulators, has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada. On Monday, the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia. “We are rapidly experimenting and iterating on Amazon Prime Air … including outdoors at a rural test site in Canada,” wrote Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish in an email to the National Post. --- Located a mere 600 metres from the U.S. border, the Canadian testing grounds fulfill a lingering threat by Amazon...
  • It’s Official: Americans R Stupid

    03/17/2015 10:25:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/17/2015 | Michael Snyder
    As Americans, we tend to be pretty full of ourselves, and this is especially true of our young people. But do we really have reason for such pride? According to a shocking new report from the Educational Testing Service, Americans between the ages of 20 and 34 are way behind young adults in other industrialized nations when it comes to literacy, mathematics and technological proficiency. Even though more Americans than ever are going to college, we continue to fall farther and farther behind intellectually. So what does this say about us? Sadly, the truth is that Americans are stupid. Our...
  • 15 Megatons of Hell: The Castle Bravo Nuke Test

    03/02/2015 6:55:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | March 2, 2015 | Paul Huard
    Sixty-one years ago on an island in the South Pacific, scientists and military officers, fishermen and Marshall Islands natives observed first-hand what Armageddon would be like. And it almost killed them all. The Atomic Energy Commission code-named the nuclear test Castle Bravo. The March 1, 1954 experiment was the first thermonuclear explosion based on practical technology that would lead to a deliverable H-bomb for the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command—part of the Operation Castle series of tests needed to manufacture the high-yield weapons. Bravo was the worst radiological disaster in American atomic testing history—but the test provided information that led...
  • Judge Takes a Swipe at Common Core

    02/26/2015 11:39:05 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 25 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Ahead of the controversial Common Core exams being administered across the country, a judge ruled Tuesday that the state of Missouri’s membership with a testing company aligned with the Common Core State Standards is illegal, the Associated Press reported. Missouri conducts its Common Core math and English exams in grades three through eight under by the Smarter Balanced Consortium of 16 states, out of more than 40, who have adopted the standards. Cole County, Missouri Circuit Judge Daniel Green said the state’s membership with the testing company is “illegal interstate compact not authorized by the U.S. Congress.” snip Two private...
  • Document: Saddam Ordered Biological And Radiation Test on Presidential Sites Attacked by US in 1998

    06/21/2006 2:17:48 PM PDT · by jveritas · 86 replies · 6,853+ views
    Document ISGP-2003-00300134 contains Top Secret And Personal letters that carry Saddam orders to do radiation and biological testing on the Presidential sites that were attacked by the US in December 1998. Beginning of translation of the first top secret and personal memo In the Name of God the Most Merciful The Most Compassionate Top Secret And Personal The Republic of Iraq The Presidential Secretariat Number: 537304/1 18/12/1998 ORDER Mr. President The Leader (God Protects Him) Order: Form committees from the Ministry of Health and the Military Industrialization Commission and The Atomic Energy Organization and The Special Security Service with its...
  • Windows 10 getting put through its paces by 450,000 'highly active' testers

    12/23/2014 3:41:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Network World ^ | 12/23/2014 | By Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft is enjoying a considerable effort on the part of testers for Windows 10, who are reporting a considerable number of bugs and helping push the new operating system along quickly.Gabe Aul, engineering general manager for the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, made his December blog update on Windows all about fixes and improvements, and there are a lot. He said that more 1.5 million registered Windows Insiders are banging away at Windows 10, about 450,000 of whom are considered "highly active." This is much higher than any previous public beta for Windows.Microsoft has been receiving feedback from the Windows...
  • Kim Kardashian’s butt on Paper magazine cover can help kids do math.

    11/21/2014 11:28:21 AM PST · by machogirl · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jeanette Settembre , Zoe Lake
    Here’s a cheeky way to do math. Kim Kardashian’s naked butt broke the internet — but now it’s helping to fix students’ understanding of basic geometry. Catalyst, a test prep company, is using the ultimate semi-circle in its latest pop-culture-inspired questions to get kids primed for the SAT. (See questions below). Catalyst’s interest in Kardashian’s image from the cover of Paper magazine is not just sexploitation. It’s downright Platonic. “Kim Kardashian’s backside is almost perfectly circular,” company founder Jared Friedland tells the Daily News. “As soon as we saw that, it occurred to me that we could teach three types...
  • Rwanda Starts Testing American Visitors for Ebola

    10/22/2014 6:56:20 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Hey, West: Not everyone in Africa has Ebola. In fact, most Africans are scared you'll give it to them Rwanda is not cool with the fact that the U.S. and Spain have Ebola. Not cool at all. The African nation about 2,600 miles east of Liberia hasn’t had a reported case of Ebola yet. Perhaps that spotless record is why its government announced Tuesday that it will screen all Americans and Spaniards trying to enter the nation. That’s right, some Africans are saying you’re too much of an infection risk to enter their country. Now American and Spanish visitors will...
  • Ebola outbreak prompts fake online products (home testing kits)

    10/05/2014 5:50:41 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies
    News 10 ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | News 10
    Amarillo, TX - Scammers are now taking advantage of people's fear of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and are using the disease to make a profit. While nearly 2,000 people have been infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa, the United States has yet to see any confirmed cases of the disease. However, that isn't stopping some scammers from trying to make a quick buck at a time when the fatal disease is making headlines. Products claiming to either treat or prevent Ebola are popping up online. The FDA said they have received numerous consumer complaints of...
  • Scott Walker Calls on Wisconsin Legislature to Repeal Common Core

    07/17/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/1/7/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) called on state lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill in January that would repeal the Common Core standards and replace them with “standards set by people in Wisconsin.” According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Walker released a statement Thursday afternoon, just hours after two Republican state senators, Leah Vukmir and Paul Farrow, issued a joint press statement calling for a delay in the use of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) that are aligned with the Common Core standards. Earlier in the year, Walker helped draft a bill that would create a state board to replace...
  • Revolt Against the Testing Tyrants

    03/19/2014 4:35:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 19, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Have you had enough of the testing tyranny? Join the club. To be clear: I'm not against all standardized academic tests. My kids excel on tests. The problem is that there are too damned many of these top-down assessments, measuring who knows what, using our children as guinea pigs and cash cows. College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year...
  • National School Choice Week—Empower Parents, Improve Student Learning

    01/24/2014 2:28:23 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 1-24-14 | Ed Walton
    Last month, the results of an international exam revealed that America’s world ranking hasn’t changed much in three years. The scores were “a picture of stagnation,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan remarked. 65 countries and economies participated in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a math, science, and reading exam that is administered every three years to 15-year-old students. In the rankings for the exam, which compare the various nations that participated, the United States scraped into the top 20 in only one subject area, reading—where it was ranked 17th. While this is alarming news, it isn’t exactly...
  • Feds announce drone testing sites in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia

    12/30/2013 11:05:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12/30/2013 | MICHELLE RINDELS
    The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites, providing diverse climates, geography and air traffic environments, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said. Drones have been mainly used by the military, but governments, businesses, farmers and others are making plans to join the market. Many universities are starting or expanding drone programs. The FAA does not currently allow commercial use of drones, but it is working...
  • Are American Students Really that Dumb?

    12/06/2013 1:28:40 PM PST · by xzins · 78 replies
    CBN ^ | December 06, 2013 | Heather Sells
    New international test scores show American students lagging behind in math and performing about average in science and reading. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tests 15-year-olds around the world every three years as part of the Program for International Student Assessment. Half a million students in 65 countries participated in the most recent test, administered in 2012. The top average scores in each subject came from Shanghai, China's largest city and also from Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results a "picture of educational stagnation." However, critics of the...
  • Principals say Common Core tests make little kids vomit, pee their pants

    11/25/2013 2:41:43 PM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 25, 2013 | Eric Owens
    In a frank and stunning letter to parents, eight school principals from around the state of New York have expressed deep concerns about the validity and usefulness of new Common Core-aligned tests foisted on all public-school children in grades three through eight. The multi-million-dollar battery of high-stakes standardized tests has been designed by Pearson, a multinational education conglomerate, reports The Washington Post. In their lengthy letter, the group of principals warns that many children have experienced viscerally negative responses to the high-stakes tests. We know that many children cried during or after testing, and others vomited or lost control of...
  • Union Should Support Teacher Evaluations

    08/13/2013 5:47:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/7/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Grand Rapids Public Schools is laying off teachers this year and will be using an evaluation system that takes performance — rather than seniority — into account, according to WOOD-TV. The local teachers union president is unhappy, calling the system "unfair and subjective." Previously, when school districts made layoffs in response to declining enrollment (Grand Rapids will be down about 700 students this year), they did so based strictly on longevity, ignoring how good teachers actually were at their jobs. And when districts had a problem teacher, even criminal, the tenure process made it nearly impossible to remove them. Recent...
  • Who’s setting Wisconsin’s academic standards?

    08/09/2013 7:14:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8-9-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — Sure, officials with the state Department of Instruction met with higher education stakeholders in crafting programs for college and career readiness as part of Common Core State Standards, but is that spectrum wide enough? Some educators don’t think so. Steffen Lempp, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert in training elementary and middle-school teachers, told Wisconsin Reporter that nobody came to him for input before signing on to Common Core. “They don’t come to the math department. They go to the school of education,” Lempp said. “They very rarely consult with the math...
  • Animal Testing

    06/22/2013 4:42:35 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 27 replies
    The end to animal experimentation seems to be nearer than we could previously imagine. In 2008 three US federal government agencies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" with the aim of ending animal testing of drugs and chemicals for human use. The realization of this ambitious plan will take years, but it's a start of historic importance, especially considering that the three agencies involved have been among animal testing's biggest funding bodies.This momentous agreement followed a 2007 report released by the world's most prestigious...
  • Is The FDA's Caution Hazardous To Our Health?

    05/14/2013 2:19:17 PM PDT · by oxcart · 1 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/14/13 | NPR Staff
    When it comes to approving new medical treatments, the Food and Drug Administration is balancing the need for patient safety against the urgency of making important new treatments available as quickly as possible. Some argue the FDA sets the bar too high, requiring a process that takes too much time and money to carry out. They say that can leave patients waiting longer than necessary for promising treatments or lead to drugs not being developed at all. But others counter that letting drugs on the market before it's known whether they truly help or hurt patients is a serious risk....
  • Report: Tsarnaevs motivated by opposition to Iraq and Afghan wars, Al-Queda online Mag .....

    04/23/2013 1:09:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:21 pm on April 23, 2013 | Allahpundit
    To borrow a line from Dennis Green, they are who we thought they were. From his hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has acknowledged his role in planting the explosives near the marathon finish line on April 15, the officials said. The first successful large-scale bombing in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era, the Boston attack killed three people and wounded more than 250 others.The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation, said Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police as the two attempted to avoid capture, do not appear to have been...
  • ‘Anti-testing movement’ grows among American teachers

    01/28/2013 1:23:38 PM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/28/2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    ...“I, along with 3 million educators across the country, proudly support our members’ efforts in saying ‘no’ to giving their students a flawed test that takes away from learning and is not aligned with the curriculum,” said National Education Association President Dennis van Roekel...
  • Uncovered, the 'toxic' gene hiding in GM crops: Revelation throws new doubt over safety of foods

    01/25/2013 7:38:13 AM PST · by opentalk · 71 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    •EU watchdog reveals approval for GM foods fails to identify poisonous gene •54 of the 86 GM plants approved contain the dangerous gene •Gene found in food for farm animals producing meat, milk and eggs •Biotech supporters argue there is no evidence that GM foods are harmful A virus gene that could be poisonous to humans has been missed when GM food crops have been assessed for safety. GM crops such as corn and soya, which are being grown around the world for both human and farm animal consumption, include the gene. A new study by the EU’s official food...
  • New Report Card Compares High School Test Scores and Adjusts For Economic Status

    07/23/2012 2:33:00 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 34 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/22/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    The problem with measuring school districts has always been the trouble of making "apples-to-apples" comparisons for student achievement. For example, it is well-known that the students attending Detroit Public Schools have a low high school graduation rate and have scored poorly on standardized tests. But are these poor results because of the teachers and administrators in those schools? Or because the students being tested are from low-income households? For a long time, citizens and policymakers in Michigan have had a hard time knowing how well schools are actually educating their students. Until now. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has...
  • Texas makes progress on school standards; now classroom work is key

    07/15/2012 6:28:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | July 15, 2012 | Ze'ev Wurman
    Until the late 1980s, many, if not most, states and countries did not have defined academic "content standards." Instead they had a curriculum, a program of study that described what should be taught and often how in every grade. Some programs were regional, others were state or nationwide, and some even were local to a school or a district. In some states they were mandatory; in others they were advisory in nature. In the late 1980s — in part as the result of global competition, of recognition that different schools offered programs of widely differing quality and of the 1984...
  • Florida's FCAT farce just gets worse

    07/12/2012 2:06:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | July 12, 2012 | Staff Editorial
    No wonder Gov. Rick Scott and Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson have suggested in recent weeks they are ready to reassess the FCAT. After more than a decade of leading the national charge on school accountability, Florida on Wednesday released 2011-12 grades for public elementary and middle schools that were largely meaningless. The grades have been tweaked, adjusted and tweaked again. Even ardent supporters of the A+ plan appeared willing to concede that the process, which began with the ill-conceived grading of the state's FCAT writing test, has been a complete mess. Now leaders in Tallahassee should begin the serious discussion...
  • US takes back supercomputing crown with world's fastest computer

    06/18/2012 8:12:23 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies ^ | 6/18/12 | FoxNews
    A U.S. supercomputer has won back the crown in the never-ending battle for the world's most powerful supercomputer. Its victory is the latest milestone marking the steady climb of computing power all across the globe. The Top500 industry list gave its No. 1 ranking to the Sequoia supercomputer housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California — a spot earned by Sequoia's ability to crunch 16.32 quadrillion calculations per second (16.32 petaflops/s). Such supercomputing power is used by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration to simulate nuclear weapons tests for older weapons that have been sitting in the U.S. arsenal....
  • Take This 1931 8th Grade Exam Given in Gilmer County One-Room School

    06/14/2012 6:27:40 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 54 replies
    Gilmer Free Press (Gilmer, WV) ^ | Unknown date | Staff
    This exam was given in 1931 by the West Virginia Department of Free Schools (now West Virginia Department of Education) to students seeking graduation from eighth grade. For many students, that was the last year of formal schooling. The exam is provided John N. Beall of Wilmington, NC, who received it from his father, the teacher who administered the test in a one-room school in Gilmer County, WV.
  • What 8th-Graders Were Expected to Know in 1910

    06/14/2012 12:42:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 83 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | July 2004 | Staff
    The following 8th-grade exit exam materials for Washington state in 1910....
  • Why can't Florida's students write?

    05/29/2012 7:18:20 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 49 replies ^ | 5/29/2012 | Kingsley Guy
    When the passing rate for students taking the writing FCAT dropped to 30 percent this year, compared to 80 percent last year, the Florida Board of Education addressed the problem with typical aplomb: It changed the grading scale. Like magic, failure turned into success for tens of thousands of students. Of course, they can’t write any better than before, but that’s beside the point. The students passed the FCAT, didn’t they? So their schools’ letter-grade ratings won’t go down, and their self-esteem will remain intact. That’s what’s important, isn’t it? The high initial failure rate was due at least in...
  • NJ 3rd Graders Asked To Disclose Secrets On State Exam [EXCLUSIVE/POLL]

    05/11/2012 10:17:57 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 58 replies ^ | 11 May 2012 | David Matthau
    Some Garden State parents are furious after learning their 3rd graders were asked during the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge exam, NJ ASK, to disclose a secret about their lives – and why it’s hard to keep. Dr. Richard Goldberg – a Marlboro father of twin boys in the 3rd grade – says the youngsters were asked “The Secret” question, and ” I was kind of shocked because it was just a very – it was an outrageous question…to ask an 8-year-old, a 9-year-old to start revealing secrets in the middle of an exam – I thought was...
  • Increased bromide caused by lab error not drilling, researchers say (fracking)

    11/29/2011 10:47:16 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 7 replies
    The Daily Review ^ | 29 November 2011 | Laura Legere
    A study by Penn State researchers is being revised after test results apparently linking increased bromide in some water wells to Marcellus Shale gas drilling were traced instead to a lab error. An error notice was published on Nov. 22 on the website of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which funded the study and released it in late October. According to the notice, an accredited laboratory contracted by the researchers incorrectly reported the bromide concentration data that was used in the original report. Updated data showed that increased bromide levels were recorded in one of 42 water wells, not seven...
  • Focus on standardized tests may be pushing some teachers to cheat

    11/07/2011 5:40:59 PM PST · by 68skylark · 8 replies · 9+ views
    LA Times ^ | Nov 6, 2011 | Howard Blume
    The stress was overwhelming. For years, this veteran teacher had received exemplary evaluations but now was feeling pressured to raise her students' test scores. Her principal criticized her teaching and would show up to take notes on her class. She knew the material would be used against her one day. "My principal told me right to my face that she — she was feeling sorry for me because I don't know how to teach," the instructor said. The Los Angeles educator, who did not want to be identified, is one of about three dozen in the state accused this year...
  • STAR test scores up despite statewide school budget cuts [ Steepest cuts net best scores- ever ]

    08/15/2011 8:27:16 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 6 replies
    KABC ^ | Aug 15 2011 | John North
    RESEDA, LOS ANGELES -- The scores are in for Southern California students who took the annual STAR exam. Despite cutbacks and layoffs, scores are up for the ninth straight year. They're at their highest levels since the testing began. At a 10th-grade physiology class at Reseda High School, reading and language skills are combined with mathematics, and there are improved results in the latest statewide Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) examinations given to nearly 5 million students in grades 2 through 11. "Despite the cuts we are seeing that kind of significant progress. It's been steady over the last nine...
  • Report: China Was Testing for EMP Attack on Taiwan

    07/25/2011 5:52:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7/25/11 | Seth Mandel
    According to a declassified 2005 report released last week, China had been testing the effects of an electromagnetic pulse attack–the detonation of a nuclear device at high altitude to maximize the area affected by the EMP–possibly meant for Taiwan. According to the report, China was actually testing two kinds of nuclear blasts and the effects the resulting radiation would have on humans. (China was testing them on animals, which experienced “high mortality rates.”) The point of an EMP attack (all nuclear explosions result in an EMP), however, is to disrupt the electronics devices within range of the blast.
  • Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients Makes Sense

    06/28/2011 5:34:43 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 19 replies ^ | 06/28/2011 | Gina Miller
    Should we require people who receive taxpayer money welfare handouts to submit to random drug testing? As with most social-fiscal issues, this is a divisive one. Opponents claim this would be a violation of Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable search, and of course, some of them play the race card as well and insist that this would be a racist thing to do (do they understand how very old the race card is?). Supporters claim this would save millions in taxpayer dollars and help people get off drugs. We already see that many employers require their employees to submit to...
  • Bereaved dad seeks tough laws for drugged driving

    06/23/2011 4:55:31 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 20 replies
    WHIDBEY NEWS TIMES ^ | June 23, 2011 | Jessie Stensland
    Ed Wood is on a mission to change state laws regarding drugged driving. Wood has a very personal stake in the issue. His son, 33-year-old Brian Wood, was among three people killed in a Sept. 3, 2010, car crash on North Whidbey last fall. Evidence introduced at trial showed the two Oak Harbor women responsible for the collision had illegal drugs in their systems. Wood, a Colorado resident, wasn't happy about the sentences handed down this month to the women. But he hopes his story of loss and injustice will spur a law change in this and other states. "It...
  • Schools: Fossils Preserved in Political Amber

    06/01/2011 1:14:21 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 2 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-28-11 | Jack Curtis
    We don’t buy tickets or recordings of mediocre or worse musicians but we keep paying for and sending our kids to exactly such teachers; the No Child Left Behind mandated testing shows it. Of course, the teachers’ unions object and the Obamans intend to satisfy them by dumping such effective testing. In Part (1) of this article, the questions were: the necessity of locking up all the kids every day and were it found necessary, should it be done by the government or could the private sector do it better? We postponed looking much at the means for delivering education....
  • Schools: Fossils Preserved in Political Amber

    06/01/2011 1:14:12 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-28-11 | Jack Curtis
    We don’t buy tickets or recordings of mediocre or worse musicians but we keep paying for and sending our kids to exactly such teachers; the No Child Left Behind mandated testing shows it. Of course, the teachers’ unions object and the Obamans intend to satisfy them by dumping such effective testing. In Part (1) of this article, the questions were: the necessity of locking up all the kids every day and were it found necessary, should it be done by the government or could the private sector do it better? We postponed looking much at the means for delivering education....
  • FCAT on Passover causes conflict for some families

    04/13/2011 9:31:52 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 13, 2011 | Marc Freeman
    A long-anticipated conflict between the FCAT and Passover starts on Tuesday, but local public schools are accommodating observant students by offering alternative test times and makeup exams. The Jewish holiday begins at sundown on Monday and ends on April 26. In Palm Beach and Broward counties on Tuesday, fifth-grade students are scheduled to take the first of two days of the science portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Jewish students usually do not miss school throughout Passover, but some may be absent for a couple of days. When the testing schedule was published last year, some parents complained that...
  • Maricopa County Testing Workers for Nicotine

    03/16/2011 11:01:10 AM PDT · by yorkie · 29 replies
    Fox News - AP ^ | March 15, 2011 | Staff
    Some Maricopa County workers are burned up about a new health-plan requiring them to submit saliva for nicotine analysis.
  • No senioritis without state testing

    12/17/2010 2:37:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 16, 2010 | Tara Malone
    Come April, Illinois 11th-graders will need to sweat through two days of state testing before they can advance to the senior class. Illinois education officials approved the new rules Thursday, taking aim at a loophole some schools used to keep academically weak juniors from taking the test, thereby avoiding accountability for their scores under federal law. The new regulations would allow local schools to continue to determine what it means to be a junior, whether by counting a student's years at high school or the number of academic credits earned. But students must sit for the Prairie State Achievement Exam...
  • 'Nowhere to Hide': U.S. Army testing New 'Smart' Weapons in Afghanistan

    11/18/2010 9:39:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11/18/10 | Sarah Netter
    Nine years into the war in Afghanistan, a handful of U.S. soldiers have a new weapon in hand, a lethal combination of technology and explosives that the Army has called a "game changer." Looking like it came straight out of a sci-fi movie, the XM-25 fires highly specialized rounds that can be programmed to explode at the precise location where the enemy is hiding behind cover. (Snip) Though the XM-25 has tested well in the United States, military brass will be watching the weapon's performance in real-life combat to assess not only how well it performs, but also what weapons
  • The Bomb Chroniclers: Secret Corps of Filmmakers Documented Nuclear Bomb Tests

    09/16/2010 9:16:09 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 13, 2010 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    They risked their lives to capture on film hundreds of blinding flashes, rising fireballs and mushroom clouds. The blast from one detonation hurled a man and his camera into a ditch. When he got up, a second wave knocked him down again. Then there was radiation. While many of the scientists who made atom bombs during the cold war became famous, the men who filmed what happened when those bombs were detonated made up a secret corps. Their existence and the nature of their work has emerged from the shadows only since the federal government began a concerted effort to...
  • "1945-1998" by Isao Hashimoto (video)

    09/11/2010 9:58:26 AM PDT · by altair · 6 replies
    CTBTO Preparatory Commission ^ | 2003 | Isao HASHIMOTO
    Multimedia artwork "2053" - This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe.*Profile of the artist: Isao HASHIMOTO Born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959. Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator. Created artwork series expressing, in the artist's view, "the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons": "1945-1998" © 2003"Overkilled""The Names of Experiments" About "1945-1998" ©2003 "This piece of work is a bird's eye view of...
  • N.J. is among coalition of states awarded Race to the Top funds to assess standardized tests

    09/02/2010 3:15:06 PM PDT · by nmh · 1 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 9/2/10 | Jessica Calefati
    TRENTON — The U.S. Department of Education today awarded a total of $330 million to two coalitions of states — both of which include New Jersey — to create a new generation of standardized tests that will assess national standards for what students should learn in school. The U.S. DOE is awarding funding for the new assessments through its $4.35 billion Race to the Top competition. The federal government awarded nearly all of its Race to the Top funding through an education reform competition that New Jersey narrowly lost last week. But $425 million was left over to create better...
  • BP testing delayed on Gulf oil fix (Big Gubamint officials want more analysis of the plan)

    07/13/2010 7:41:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/10 | Tom Breen and Harry R. Weber - ap
    NEW ORLEANS – BP is delaying critical tests on a new well cap designed to finally stop the flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico after government officials said more analysis was needed on the plan. ... National Incident Commander Thad Allen said in a statement Tuesday night the process "may benefit from additional analysis" that would be performed overnight and Wednesday. He did not say when the tests would start.
  • iPhone Antenna problem predicted 15 days ago: Is the iPhone 4 born with antenna problems?

    06/26/2010 9:03:59 AM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 14 replies · 1+ views ^ | Thursday 10th juni, 2010 14:55 June, 2010 | Jens Nielsen
    NOTE: The original article is in Danish; since not too many FReepers speak Danish, I've included a link to, and excerpts from, the Google translation of the page. "Its never been done before. And its really cool engineering.” And its really cool engineering. "How Steve Jobs introduced the metal frame on the new iPhone because the phone the other day was revealed to the wondering world. The frame serves as the phone antenna. But the fact is the principle behind the iPhone 4-antenna system is far from new. And possibly it is even so problematic that it will reduce the...
  • Perry says state will not apply for education grants

    06/01/2010 1:14:05 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 18 replies · 623+ views
    Houston Comicle ^ | June 1, 2010 | ERICKA MELLON
    Gov. Rick Perry, reiterating his concerns about a federal takeover of education, gave the final word today that Texas will not apply for the second round of a federal grant worth up to $700 million for local schools. Perry refused to compete for the first round of the Race to the Top grant in January, but had not definitively said the state would sit out round two. The Republican governor repeatedly has criticized President Barack Obama's education grant because it favors states that adopt common curriculum standards. “This administration's attempt to bait states into adopting national standards is an effort...