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  • (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
    Theindychannel.com ^ | 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
    www.newsnet5.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 (www.adl.org) 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: http://anchorsnews.com/2009/05/shock-parents-outraged-as-obama-cuts-scholarship-recipients-for-african-americans/President 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... http://conservativebrawler.blogspot.com/2009/04/no-vouchers-for-you.html
  • 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...
  • Arizona court rules against school choice

    05/18/2008 2:41:51 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 4 replies · 67+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 5/16/08 | Associated Press
    An Arizona court has ruled against school choice for parents, forcing them to continue sending their children to failing public schools. A state appellate court in Arizona has ruled that two voucher programs for foster and disabled children attending private schools violate the Arizona Constitution by using public money to help private and religious schools. The 3-0 ruling Thursday by a Court of Appeals panel in Tucson reverses a trial judge's ruling that upheld the programs enacted in 2006 at the urging of school choice supporters. The programs provide grants worth thousands of dollars for students, with the money paid...
  • Vouchers go down in flames [Utah votes no]

    11/07/2007 2:39:08 AM PST · by The Raven · 53 replies · 132+ views
    Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | Nov 7, 2007 | Glen Warchol
    Voters decisively rejected the will of the Utah Legislature and governor Tuesday, rejecting what would have been the nation's most comprehensive education voucher program in a referendum blowout. ... Voucher supporter Overstock.com chief executive Patrick Byrne - who bankrolled the voucher effort - called the referendum a "statewide IQ test" that Utahns failed. "They don't care enough about their kids. They care an awful lot about this system, this bureaucracy, but they don't care enough about their kids to think outside the box," Byrne said.
  • Is Romney Voucher Program's Best Hope?

    10/29/2007 11:39:04 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 80+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | October 25, 2007 | Carrie Lukas
    Governor Mitt Romney has an opportunity to help to deliver a victory at the ballot box in Utah next month when voters will decide whether to repeal the state's recently-enacted universal school voucher program. The benefits of sustaining this kind of program are clear: An education marketplace encourages innovation, greater efficiency, and more diversity. Instead of being stuck with one-size-fits-all, local-government-run public schools, parents are able to choose the schools that best meet their children's unique needs and talents. Schools respond by offering a variety of curricula and specialties. If parents have doubts about whether their child is thriving they...
  • Conservative Leader John Tory: Evolution Must be Taught in Science Class; Creation only for Rel...

    09/09/2007 8:50:09 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 52 replies · 1,542+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 6, 2007 | John-Henry Westen and Elizabeth O'Brien
    Conservative Leader John Tory: Evolution Must be Taught in Science Class; Creation only for Religion Classes Tory plan seen by some as first step to forcing all private schools to absorb Ontario government's full secular curriculum By John-Henry Westen and Elizabeth O'Brien TORONTO, September 6, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Conservative Leader John Tory's election promise to give public funding to faith-based schools began to unravel at the seams yesterday as he spoke about evolution in the classroom.  Asked by a radio interviewer if creation would be permitted to be taught in the classroom, Tory replied, "The Christian-based school would have to...
  • School Voucher Questions

    06/10/2007 8:18:57 PM PDT · by NavySon · 7 replies · 241+ views
    I was having an argument with a classmate a little while ago about using the voucher system for education. I was telling him that free market style competition between schools would only make the quality of education better and that if a student is forced to receive an education, then they should be able to at least choose whichever one they want. The only point he made which I'm not sure how to respond to is that those students living in poor neighborhoods would still be stuck going to the poor quality schools they live near because they wouldn't be...
  • Choices That Are Changing Lives in D.C. (school vouchers)

    05/22/2007 8:25:28 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 8 replies · 568+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/21/07 | Fred Hiatt
    If it were up to the children and their parents, there'd be no question that the District's five-year experiment with school vouchers would be renewed for an additional five years or more. That's the most emphatic finding of an independent evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program published last week. "The vast majority of families participating in this study are satisfied with the OSP in general, and their choice of new schools in particular," the report found. "Before . . . his grades were below average, and for the first time he made the honor roll . . . He...
  • Exploding the Charter School Myth

    08/27/2006 10:29:48 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 31 replies · 1,251+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 27, 2006 | NY Times
    <p>A federal study showing that fourth graders in charter schools score worse in reading and math than their public school counterparts should cause some soul-searching in Congress.</p> <p>Too many lawmakers seem to believe that the only thing wrong with American education is the public school system, and that converting lagging schools to charter schools would cause them to magically improve.</p>
  • Republicans Unveil School Voucher Plan

    07/19/2006 7:15:14 PM PDT · by ChessExpert · 145 replies · 1,419+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 18 July 2006 | BEN FELLER
    Congressional Republicans on Tuesday proposed a $100 million plan to let poor children leave struggling schools ...
  • Colo. Teacher Defends Bush-Hitler Remarks

    03/07/2006 2:43:02 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 102 replies · 3,669+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8 March 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    A high school social studies teacher who was put on leave after comparing President Bush's State of the Union address to speeches made by Adolf Hitler defended his lecture on Tuesday, saying he was trying to encourage students to think. "My job as a teacher is to challenge students to think critically about issues that are affecting our world and our society," Jay Bennish said on NBC's "Today Show." Bennish is on paid leave from Overland High School in suburban Aurora, Colo., while Cherry Creek School District investigates whether his Feb. 1 lecture violated a policy requiring that balancing viewpoints...
  • Scooping the mainstream media [AP bias on Bennish story]

    03/07/2006 11:23:04 AM PST · by DeweyCA · 9 replies · 1,318+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2006 | Todd Manzi
    The Associated Press reached a new level of incompetence, and the "news" industry they serve doesn’t seem to care. If you want political opinion, you’ll find it in Associated Press dispatches. If you want news, you might have to read conservative opinion columns. On February 22nd, Walter Williams, a Townhall.com columnist, scooped the mainstream media. Williams reported that high school teacher Jay Bennish lectured his geography class stating: 1) "[President Bush’s State of the Union Speech] sounds a lot like the things Adolf Hitler used to say." 2) "Bush is threatening the whole planet." 3) "[The] U.S. wants to keep...
  • SAUNDERS: An MP3 player for a teacher [Bennish]

    03/07/2006 7:45:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies · 1,959+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/7/6 | Debra J. Saunders
    COLORADO high-school sophomore Sean Allen couldn't convince his father that his geography teacher was as over-the-top as he contended. So Allen taped one of his teacher's rants on his MP3 player. Too bad for Jay Bennish: His 20 minute lecture ended up on talk radio. As aired on Mike Rosen's show, Bennish said President Bush talks like Hitler: "I'm not saying that Bush and Hitler are exactly the same," but that the two share "eerie similarities." Peruvians and Iranians arguably have "a right to bomb North Carolina" because the state grows tobacco. On Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda operatives were...
  • Lauer for the Defense: Matt Asks Colorado Teacher "Were You Set Up?"

    03/07/2006 5:09:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 64 replies · 2,797+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein March 7, 2006 Turns out the real culprit in the Colorado kerfluffle over the teacher who compared Pres. Bush to Hitler is . . . the student who complained about it. Just ask Matt Lauer. Interviewing teacher Jay Bennish this morning, Lauer laid out this sympathetic scenario: Lauer: "The family here, the student's family, didn't go to the school board with this tape." Bennish: "They never contacted me." Lauer: "They shopped it around to conservative media outlets and finally released it to one and created an uproar. On the tape you can hear Sean Allen [the student...
  • Student 'starting to get crucified,' his dad says

    03/05/2006 11:42:03 AM PST · by Pikamax · 55 replies · 2,842+ views
    rockymountainnews ^ | 03/04/06 | Julie Poppen
    Student 'starting to get crucified,' his dad says By Julie Poppen, Rocky Mountain News March 4, 2006 Sean Allen's dad says he isn't handling this week's media attention and threats as well as his son. "Sean has handled this way better than his father," Jeff Allen, Sean's dad, said in an interview with Sean Hannity, syndicated talk show host with Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes. "To read some of these e-mails that are attacking Sean is just devastating," he said. "It looks like the tactic is to turn it around, to make it about Sean and not about the...
  • Students Walk Out Over Teacher's Suspension for Anti-Bush Comments - on Leave After Criticizing Bush

    03/02/2006 5:00:41 PM PST · by Brilliant · 66 replies · 2,095+ views
    ABC ^ | 3/2/06 | ABC
    March 2, 2006 — A Colorado school is in upheaval following the suspension of a teacher who was recorded comparing President Bush's rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler. More than 100 students at Overland High School in Aurora, Colo., walked out of class this morning to protest the decision to put geography teacher Jay Bennish on administrative leave. The school administration made the move after a student went public with a 20-minute recording of Bennish's comments to his class. In the tape, the teacher is heard saying there were similarities between remarks Bush made in his State of the Union...
  • Yes...Competition works...even for humans...even in schools

    03/01/2006 6:46:26 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 13 replies · 600+ views
    Townhall ^ | March 1, 2006 | John Stossel
    One exciting thing about the free market is that you can't predict what the market will create. Big-government advocates tell you exactly what will happen when their plans work (as if they actually would work!), but we who trust the free market can only say that people will compete and good ideas will win. We do know that competition works. It works because it gives people the chance to be creative...
  • Florida Court Strikes Down School Vouchers

    01/06/2006 5:46:24 AM PST · by TexCon · 18 replies · 726+ views
    AP ^ | January 6, 2006 | Bill Kaczor
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 6) - The Florida Supreme Court struck down a statewide voucher system Thursday that allowed children to attend private schools at taxpayer expense - a program Gov. Jeb Bush considered one of his proudest achievements. It was the nation's first statewide voucher program. In a 5-2 ruling, the high court said the program undermines the public schools and violates the Florida Constitution's requirement of a uniform system of free public education. Voucher opponents had also argued that the program violated the separation of church and state in giving tax dollars to parochial schools - an argument a...
  • Fla. Court Kills 'School Choice' Voucher System

    01/05/2006 1:45:36 PM PST · by fuyb · 108 replies · 1,181+ views
    News Max ^ | Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 4:00 p.m. EST
    The Florida Supreme Court struck down a statewide voucher system Thursday that allowed children to attend private schools at taxpayer expense - a program Gov. Jeb Bush considered one of his proudest achievements. It was the nation's first statewide voucher program. In a 5-2 ruling, the high court said the program violates the Florida Constitution's requirement of a uniform system of free public education. About 700 children are attending private or parochial schools through the program. But the ruling will not become effective until the end of the school year. Voucher opponents had also argued that the program violated the...
  • Rosen: Education friends, foes

    12/09/2005 7:28:44 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 2 replies · 292+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 9 December 2005 | Mike Rosen
    Rosen: Education friends, foes December 9, 2005 'Mike Rosen is no friend of public education." This assertion was passed on to me by an ally, a lonely free spirit within the public education establishment. It wasn't his view, mind you; it was the opinion of one of his colleagues. Au contraire, Pierre. That indictment couldn't be further from the truth. Who could possibly be opposed to an educated public? It's the pathway to success in our society. I'm very much a friend of rigorous programs to create an educated public. And I'm also committed to our traditional approach of funding...
  • High School Equivalency Exam

    01/06/2005 7:58:45 PM PST · by Kevin OMalley · 238 replies · 13,724+ views
    World Wide Web Links | 1/6/05 | Kevin O'Malley
    I've been getting asked more and more about my position that high school is a waste of time and my recommendation for parents to give their children a choice to skip high school. This is in response to the liberal agendas now prevalent in high schools as well as the simple fact that such a strategy would give kids a 4 year head start on their peers. Below are some useful links for investigating this option. I will repost my own experience under that. http://parents.berkeley.edu/advice/school/equivexam.html UCB Parents Advice about School Taking the High School Equivalency Exam Advice and recommendations from...
  • Voucher: Solution or Flawed Compromise ?

    06/30/2005 8:26:26 AM PDT · by cinives · 34 replies · 1,572+ views
    FEE ^ | 6/30/05 | Robert Parker
    American public schools can be described in only one way: an unmitigated failure. The government has created an educational system free of the checks and balances that normally guide success and encourage innovation in the marketplace, namely, profit and loss in a setting of open competition. Instead, government schools shelter teachers through life-long tenure, virtually eliminating all accountability about what and how subjects are taught in the classroom. Furthermore, there are few incentives for cost-efficiency because this could result in budget reductions. Instead, whenever there seems to be a “learning problem,” the cry is for more of the taxpayers’ money....
  • A U.S. Faith Initiative for Africa

    05/30/2005 6:41:04 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 2 replies · 255+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 29, 2005 | Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger
    WASHINGTON — Escalating its courtship of a politically powerful constituency, the Bush administration is teaming up with some of the nation's best-known and most influential black clergy to craft a new role for U.S. churches in Africa. The effort was launched last week, when more than two dozen leading African American religious figures met privately with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and senior White House officials at the State Department, according to administration officials and meeting participants. The hourlong session focused largely on how the administration's faith-based initiative could be expanded to combat the spread of HIV and provide help...
  • Time for Napolitano to accept compromise school-funding bill

    05/04/2005 5:49:01 PM PDT · by HungarianGypsy · 1 replies · 242+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 4 May, 2005 | Tribune Editorial
    The Legislature has listened to Gov. Napolitano's request for expanded full-day kindergarten, and responded by including funding for it in an education bill. Now if the governor would only listen to the Legislature's request for expanded school choice and approve that provision of the same bill. Yet she was still insisting on Monday, after the House approved House Bill 2782 to fund full-day kindergarten as well as a small voucher program for students from low-income families, that the measure was unacceptable. Amazingly, she is still claiming that it's legislative leaders who refuse to compromise on the budget impasse. “The governor...
  • No Price Tag: Campion College Successor Seeks a Radical Alternative

    12/01/2004 12:08:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 542+ views
    San Francisco Faith ^ | December 2004 | ERIK KEILHOLTZ
    While the future of Catholic higher education tends to look increasingly bleak, with widespread abandonment of the Faith, financial scandal, and an overall secularization, a solidly Catholic liberal arts college is being created in San Francisco by a core group of students, teachers, administrators, and friends of the now-closed Campion College. The idea of a new Catholic institute of higher education started during the dismantling of Campion College of San Francisco, a two-year Catholic liberal arts college that announced to its students and faculty in June that it was closing due to the cessation of funding by the Guadalupe Associates,...
  • Cash Cow

    09/02/2004 2:50:12 PM PDT · by truth49 · 3 replies · 301+ views
    NEA ^ | 9-2-04 | Kristen Loschert, John O’Neil, and Dave Winans
    For businesses looking to grab a bigger share of the $393 billion K–12 education industry, the bottom line is looking up. But when private profits outweigh public accountability, educators and kids pay the price.
  • Fare plan drives hub hack to eye FEC gripe

    06/20/2004 3:29:29 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 9 replies · 218+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Sunday, June 20, 2004 | By Jules Crittenden
    As Boston police hackney officials and Democratic National Convention hosts prepare to meet cabbies tomorrow to work out a discount voucher plan, one irate driver is exploring a Federal Election Commission complaint. Cab driver Bill Ford, an independent driver who says he's voted for more Democrats than Republicans, objects to what he considers a forced donation to the Democratic Party. The plan now being discussed would require cabbies working the airport to accept discount vouchers and multiple riders. Estimates on the value of the vouchers have been placed at $10 or more, but cabbies said compared to their regular multiple-rider...
  • Taxi drivers blast convention voucher plan (Dems rip off drivers)

    06/18/2004 5:01:18 PM PDT · by visagoth · 66 replies · 553+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/17/2004 | Associated Press
    BOSTON (AP) Boston taxi drivers are angry over a city proposal that they accept vouchers from delegates to the Democratic National Convention instead of using their meters for rides to and from Logan International Airport. The city first offered vouchers worth $8, then raised the amount to $10, taxi drivers said. ''If you take one person to town, it's usually about $30, and I'm going to take one person for $10?'' said 45-year-old Jean Abrahm, a cabbie for 16 years. ''And I have to pay the toll, too? With gas now up, this is just a rip-off.'' The vouchers, combined...
  • Boston Cabbies Blast Convention Voucher Plan (big RATS looking for a handout - possible strike)

    06/17/2004 6:54:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 275+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/17/04
    Cabbies Blast Convention Voucher Plan 1 hour, 56 minutes ago Boston cab drivers spoke out Thursday about Mayor Tom Menino's plan to give $10 cab vouchers for each delegate that attends this summer's Democratic National Convention. NewsCenter 5's Janet Wu reported that the drivers said that trips from Logan International Airport to hotels in the Back Bay cost a whole lot more, and they'd rather take the week off. Drivers thought they were going to make a killing the last week in July -- or at least make up for the rest of the summer if it turns out to...
  • Black Clergy Group Backs Voucher Plan for Schools (5% of the black vote on the way)

    05/25/2004 6:00:22 AM PDT · by frithguild · 16 replies · 264+ views
    NJ.COM ^ | Tuesday, May 25, 2004 | KATHY BARRETT CARTER
    <p>Parents of inner-city school children locked in failing public school systems should be given school vouchers to attend private or public schools elsewhere, a coalition of black clergy leaders said yesterday.</p> <p>"For the 26 years I have been in New Jersey, there have been a host of public school reform proposals, a multitude of major state Supreme Court rulings and billions of dollars spent to achieve parity and improve test scores," said the Rev. Reginald T. Jackson, executive director of the Black Ministers Council. "Yet, the fact remains, that with few exceptions, urban schools and most minority students still do not meet minimum state standards or receive a quality education," Jackson said, speaking at a news conference in Trenton.</p>
  • President Delivers Remarks to Catholic Educational Association

    01/11/2004 5:51:12 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 308+ views
    The White House ^ | January 9, 2004 | President Bush
      For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryJanuary 9, 2004 President's Remarksview listen President Delivers Remarks to Catholic Educational Association Remarks by the President to the National Catholic Educational AssociationThe East Room 2:10 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Welcome. Thanks for coming; please be seated. Thanks for coming. (Laughter.) Welcome to the people's house. We're glad you're here. The last 100 years, the leadership of the National Catholic Education Association has been vital in advancing the work of Catholic schools around the nation, and therefore has been vital to the hopeful future of America. I'm honored to join you for celebrating...
  • Senate Republicans to Force Vote on School Choice for Washington's Poor Children

    11/17/2003 8:46:08 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 104+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/17/03
    Republican Senate leaders plan to force a vote this week on the nation's first federally funded school voucher experiment by tucking the program into broader spending legislation that would be politically difficult for Democrats to block. The Senate proposal would allow a number of poor children in the District of Columbia, perhaps 1,700 or more of the 65,000 in the capitol's school system, to attend private school at public expense. Democrats stopped action on the bill early this year. With the Senate working this week to finish business for the year, the GOP majority is moving to an expected...
  • Judge: State Must Post $2 Million To Keep Running Voucher Program

    11/11/2003 6:46:14 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 120+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | 11/11/03 | Jackie Hallifax
    The state Department of Education must set aside another $2 million to continue implementing Florida's original school voucher program, a judge ruled Monday. Circuit Judge Kevin Davey said the state must post the additional bond while it appeals his 2002 decision that the voucher program violates the Florida Constitution by spending tax dollars on religious institutions. That issue is pending before the 1st District Court of Appeal, which heard oral arguments this spring. Although Davey concluded in August 2002 that the voucher law was unconstitutional, he said the state could continue to issue vouchers while it appealed. But there was...
  • D.C. School-Voucher Plan Bogs Down (Landrieu - Louisiana RAT - makes demands)

    09/29/2003 6:21:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 252+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/25/03 | BEN FELLER
    D.C. School-Voucher Plan Bogs Down Thu Sep 25, 8:02 PM ET By BEN FELLER, AP Education Writer WASHINGTON - Legislation creating an experimental private-school voucher plan bogged down Thursday in the Senate after a proposed compromise fell flat. The measure would provide $13 million for at least 1,700 poor children in the District of Columbia to get a private education, provided they are accepted by a school and can pay any expenses not covered by the maximum $7,500 voucher a year. Republicans, who hold a slim majority in the Senate, are trying to secure at least 60 votes to overcome...
  • D.C. voucher debate catches California's attention

    08/03/2003 10:16:06 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 3 replies · 197+ views
    North County (San Diego County) Times ^ | Aug 3, 2002 | Erin Walsh
    California educators have joined a political battle over a plan to let families use school vouchers, or taxpayer money for private tuition, to escape failing campuses. But the fight isn't in California. It's nearly 3,000 miles away, in the public schools of Washington, D.C., where lawmakers are poised to create the nation's first federally funded voucher program. The program would set a precedent that supporters hope will open the door for vouchers all over the country. What happens in the faraway district could affect whether a similar school voucher plan eventually makes it into the classrooms of California, where 70...