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  • Supreme Court Sets Up Collision Course For School Choice And Sex Politics

    07/01/2017 1:23:26 PM PDT · by Mafe · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 28, 2017 | Joy Pullmann
    The Supreme Court’s latest ruling that says it’s discriminatory to exclude organizations from public programs solely on account of their religious nature helps the legal environment for school choice. So does a Tuesday Supreme Court order that New Mexico revisit its ban on religious schools participating in a state textbook program for poor children. Thirty-seven states have constitutional amendments like that in the Trinity Lutheran case, forbidding taxpayers from funding religious organizations. These provisions have stymied school voucher programs that have otherwise dramatically increased since 2012, thanks to increased Republican control of state legislatures. With Trinity Lutheran favorably decided against...
  • Trump nominates conservative activist Betsy DeVos as education secretary

    11/23/2016 10:20:12 AM PST · by hotsteppa · 211 replies
    BREAKING NEWS: President-elect Donald Trump has named Betsy DeVos, a conservative activist and billionaire philanthropist who has pushed forcefully for private school voucher programs nationwide, as his nominee for education secretary, according to a person close to DeVos.
  • Chicago’s public housing divide (luxury rent paid by CHA)

    03/15/2016 8:45:18 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 12, 2016 | Brett Chase
    The CHA pays him $3,911 a month in federal funds to lease his townhouse to the woman and three others in her household, including a child under the age of 6, records show. It also has been a good deal for Lai’s tenant. She pays no rent because, CHA officials say, she has no income. The CHA declined to identify her or other voucher clients, though it released the names of landlords. Public housing doesn’t conjure images of a near-$1 million home. But the CHA foots most or all of the bill for Lai’s tenant and others to live in...
  • (San Diego, CA) Gun Owners Give Up Weapons for Groceries

    12/21/2012 3:03:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fox 5 News Staff
    Gun owners give up weapons for groceries SAN DIEGO — Gun owners had a chance to exchange weapons for Friday morning. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the United African American Ministerial Action Council held another installment of their “Guns for Gift Cards” program from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tubman/Chavez Multicultural Center in Valencia Park. The program allows people to turn in working-condition guns, no questions asked, in exchange for monetary vouchers redeemable at area grocery stores. Shotguns and rifles bring $50 credit each, while pistols and assault-type weapons fetch $100 apiece. Participants must place the weapons,...
  • Obama More Flexible on Medicare Than Rhetoric Suggests (Start of a VOUCHER PROGRAM ?)

    09/08/2012 9:37:24 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 6 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | September 8, 2012 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    In his convention speech in Charlotte, President Obama vowed to block the Republican Medicare reform plan because “no American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.” But back in Washington, his Health and Human Services Department is launching a pilot program that would shift up to 2 million of the poorest and most-vulnerable seniors out of the federal Medicare program and into private health insurance plans overseen by the states. The administration has accepted applications from 18 states to participate in the program, which would give states money to purchase managed-care plans for...
  • Prop. 32: What really scares California's big unions

    08/28/2012 10:32:37 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/24/2012 | Larry Sand
    Michael Hiltzik infers in his column Sunday that Proposition 32 is a big lie -- because it prohibits both corporations and labor unions such as the California Teachers Assn. from extracting involuntary political contributions from the paychecks of workers. Hiltzik argues that its prohibition of corporate deductions is of minor impact, but that union political fund-raising will be crippled. He is amazingly untroubled by the fact that taking such payroll deductions for political purposes without consent is patently immoral. Why should a worker have some of his forced union dues spent on candidates or causes that he doesn't agree with?...
  • La. Supreme Court refuses voucher program injunction [unions in a panic]

    08/22/2012 8:13:07 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    KSLA ^ | August 16, 2012 | news
    <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to stop the launch of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program, which began this month.</p> <p>The high court denied an injunction request by teacher unions and school boards to stall the voucher program as they challenge whether it is constitutional. A hearing in the court case is set for October.</p>
  • Louisiana Governor’s School Voucher Plan Clears Legislature

    04/05/2012 11:58:31 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 47 replies
    BATON ROUGE — Louisiana will be home to one of the nation’s largest school voucher programs once Gov. Bobby Jindal signs legislation that recently passed his state’s legislature. Today, by a vote of 60-42, the Louisiana House of Representatives approved Gov. Jindal’s voucher expansion, which passed the Senate last night 24-15. “This is a momentous day for the families of Louisiana,” State Superintendent of Education John White said. “All students deserve a fair chance in life, and that begins with the opportunity to attend a high-quality school. These policy changes are aligned with that central belief, and Gov. Jindal and...
  • The Future of American Education

    03/06/2012 1:35:52 PM PST · by bthockey · 2 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 3/5/12 | Alex Ritschard
    Education, like many other things in America under the current Administration, is in decline. The youth of this country must be competitive with the youth of our major global rivals. That being said, they must be equipped to do that, which means the current education system must be reformed. In a country where, economically, competition has allowed the best to thrive and the worst to disappear to make America the most prosperous nation in the world, it only makes sense that the same idea would be applied in the education sector as well. The key to success of a society...
  • Daniels Signs Sweeping Education Reform Bills

    05/05/2011 11:27:41 AM PDT · by Abathar · 33 replies ^ | May 5, 2011 | uncredited
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the nation's broadest private school voucher system into law Thursday, part of sweeping education reforms he championed that won approval in the Indiana Legislature. Lawmakers and supporters joined Daniels at a Statehouse ceremony where he signed the voucher bill and another proposal aimed at expanding charter schools, which are public schools free of many state regulations. The controversial voucher program would allow even middle-class families to use taxpayer money to send their children to private and religious schools. Unlike other systems that are limited to lower-income households, children with special needs or those in...
  • 82% of US government run schools are failing

    03/15/2011 3:39:03 PM PDT · by Scottmkiv · 48 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 3/15/11 | Scott Connery
    There are many reasons why America's students are falling behind those in other countries. A recent comparison showed that America ranked 25th in Math, 17th in Science, and 14th in reading. This is out of only 34 countries. Obviously, this poses a number of extreme problems. If our graduates our inferior to the greatly more populous China (and they are), then inevitably our economy will suffer. The world's economy is dependent on highly skilled jobs, and a nation that perpetually turns out c students is bound to fall behind no matter the lead it started with. The problems grow larger...
  • Question About School Vouchers

    01/28/2011 6:21:04 PM PST · by lostblueblood · 20 replies
    I'm looking for some opinions out there. I was talking politics with one of my employees the other day and we got onto the topic of school vouchers. He's a huge proponent of them but I'm a fairly strong Libertarian so I'm against mandatory or public schooling of any form. He is very passionate about it but isn't very good at arguing his points and recommended I looked through here for some enlightenment. I searched around a bit but didn't find a lot of arguments one way or another and I was wondering if anyone could give me a good...
  • Akron mom gets 10 days in jail in Copley-Fairlawn schools residency case

    01/19/2011 4:24:57 AM PST · by crescen7 · 21 replies ^ | 1/18/2011 | Bob Jones
    AKRON, Ohio - A Summit County jury started deliberating around 11:30 Saturday morning in the case of a mother accused of stealing educations for her children from the Copley-Fairlawn school district. At 7 p.m. Saturday, a decision was reached. Kelly Williams-Bolar, 40, is charged with one count of grand theft and two counts of tampering with records. Her father, Edward Williams, 64, is also on trial for grand theft. Prosecutors said Mr. Williams took part in the deception against the district. ...Williams-Bolar, who was standing before the bench with her attorney, Kerry M. O'Brien, nearly collapsed into the arms of...
  • A Crack in the School-Choice Dike?

    05/20/2010 4:47:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 281+ views ^ | May 20, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Few organizations are as consistently liberal as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), especially when it comes to matters of church and state. The ADL devotes an entire page on its Web site ( to church-state separation and wants the "wall" between the two to remain as high and impenetrable as possible, believing that to lower it would have a negative effect on both. Which makes it remarkable that the executive committee of ADL's Philadelphia chapter has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution endorsing vouchers that would allow children in underperforming schools in poor neighborhoods to escape to schools that would...
  • Dropouts Seek a Boost From Equivalency Exams

    09/14/2009 7:18:59 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 3 replies · 737+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept 12, 2009 | S. MITRA KALITA
    Dropouts Seek a Boost From Equivalency Exams Numbers Seeking a Degree Swell -- But Gains May Be Limited A growing number of Americans are taking high school equivalency tests in their hunt for any leg up in a bleak labor market. Adult-education centers across the country report backlogs and waiting lists for prep courses cramming dozens of topics and years of lessons into weeks or months. But the potential for a better job and pay that drives many to seek a General Educational Development diploma comes with a caveat: The certificate generally is of limited value unless students use it...
  • Obama Officially Cuts School Choice Voucher Program, Will Offer Current Students an Extension

    TWO VIDEOS: Obama said that he would allow students currently enrolled in the program to finish up through high school, but that no new students would be allowed to enter the program. Thus, a president who exercises school choice himself, has consigned thousands of low-income students to attend massively underperforming D.C. public schools.
  • No Voucher For You

    04/30/2009 11:22:33 AM PDT · by Seth_Stuck · 1 replies · 256+ views
    Conservative Brawler ^ | 4/30/09 | Conservative Brawler
    "The reckless dismantling of the D.C. voucher program does not speak well of the promise by Obama to be the Education President." -- Juan Williams Is it really all that surprising that liberals are opposed to voucher programs? Let's think this through: Aside from the MSM, what is the biggest supplement of liberalism? That's right... student indoctrination...
  • Democrats Block GOP Bid to Extend DC Vouchers

    03/11/2009 6:49:09 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 33 replies · 1,050+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 3/10/09 | AP via Newsmax
    Senate Democrats have dealt a setback to a Republican-sponsored school voucher program that gives schoolchildren in the nation's capital the chance to attend private schools. The Senate voted 50-39 along mostly party lines to reject a bid by Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign to extend the program beyond the 2009-2010 school year. That leaves in place a provision contained in a huge spending bill that requires Congress and the Washington, D.C. government to re-approve the program. Republicans say that is likely to kill it. About 1,700 mostly low-income and minority students kids receive the $7,500 vouchers, which offer an alternative...
  • Obama Blinks on Vouchers?

    03/05/2009 12:45:06 PM PST · by AT7Saluki · 14 replies · 694+ views
    Slate ^ | 3/4/09 | Mickey Kaus
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that poor children getting vouchers to attend private schools in the District of Columbia should be allowed to stay there, putting the Obama administration at odds with Democrats trying to end the program. Duncan opposes vouchers, he said in an interview with The Associated Press. But he said Washington is a special case, and kids already in private schools on the public dime should be allowed to continue. "I don't think it makes sense to take kids out of a school where they're happy and safe and satisfied and learning," Duncan told said. "I...
  • Denver cabbies fear being stiffed by delegates' vouchers (RATS DO NOT PAY THEIR FARE SHARE?)

    08/19/2008 7:46:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 216+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 8/19/08 | Daniel J. Chacon
    Denver cabbies fear being stiffed by delegates' vouchersBy Daniel J. Chacon, Rocky Mountain News Updated 07:45 p.m., August 19, 2008 The 5,000 delegates coming to Denver for the Democratic National Convention will each be getting $40 transportation vouchers. But the vouchers may be worthless in the eyes of some taxi drivers. City Councilman Michael Hancock said some taxi company owners are concerned that their drivers won't accept the vouchers out of fear that the Denver 2008 Host Committee won't reimburse them. "We want to make sure that taxi drivers feel confident that they'll be taken care of ... and that...