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The children in care left without a school place

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Daily, Global | 0 comments

The children in care left without a school place

They are some of society’s most vulnerable children – those taken into care. And yet some schools are failing in their responsibility to give them places when asked. These disadvantaged children are meant to be placed before all others when it comes to school admissions. But politicians and officials from Oxfordshire are highlighting how more than 30 so called “looked-after children” in the area have been left without schooling – some for months at a time. A group of cross-party MPs have written to the schools...

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Speak American!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blogs, Daily | 0 comments

Speak American!

A New Jersey high school teacher recently caught hell because on one occasion, while she was teaching, she thoughtlessly admonished students who were whispering to each other in Spanish to “speak American.” Of course, they should have paid attention to the lesson by using the universal language of silence. She prefaced her remarks with a gratuitous editorial about the link between the nation’s legacy and the sacrifices its heroes made to protect and preserve linguistic purity. Or untoward words to that effect. The students...

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CPS enrollment drops over 20K in two years; schools get their ratings

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Daily | 0 comments

CPS enrollment drops over 20K in two years; schools get their ratings

Chicago Public Schools on Friday announced another five-figure enrollment drop, counting 371,000 students in the country’s third largest school district. District officials also released school ratings, blaming the Cubs in part for a dip of schools with the top rating, and named four privately-managed schools that aren’t performing well enough to stay open past June. CPS has lost about 21,000 students from its rolls in the last two years and now has just about 26,000 more students than the fourth largest, Miami-Dade County Public Schools in...

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X-rated classroom party gets teacher fired from Florida school

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Daily | 0 comments

X-rated classroom party gets teacher fired from Florida school

A South Florida teacher is out a job after throwing an after-school surprise birthday party in a classroom that featured sex toys and X-rated party favors, according to a report. Parents told WSVN-TV that the party at the Mater Lakes Academy charter school in Miami Wednesday exposed the students — who were as young as 11 — to sex-themed party favors. The mother of a young girl who was an attendee said the party was for a former male student, and when he walked into the classroom “they surprised him with a hat that had a penis...

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I Only Know One Truth- It is Time to Discuss AZ School Letter Grades on NPR

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blogs, Daily | 0 comments

I Only Know One Truth- It is Time to Discuss AZ School Letter Grades on NPR

by Matthew Ladner – Yours truly did a interview with our Arizona NPR station on Arizona’s preliminary school grades.  I explain why we have school grades, why grades can be better than fuzzy descriptors, why the preliminary Arizona grades lack face validity imo, and mistakes made in other states. Oh and why technological advances and revealed consumer preference may be making the process of state determined grades antiquated. Source: I Only Know One Truth- It is Time to Discuss AZ School Letter Grades on NPR | Jay P. Greene’s...

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Textbooks available free at Missouri and Kansas colleges

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Textbooks available free at Missouri and Kansas colleges

  By Mará Rose Williams – A college undergraduate spends an average of $1,200 on textbooks a year, enough to buy about five pizzas a week for the entire fall, winter and spring semesters. It’s no wonder that free “open textbooks” are spreading fast on college campuses across the country. “I’m in a lot of biology classes and those books can cost $300 or $400 a piece,” said Katherine Semler, a freshman biology major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She’s from Blue Springs and receives financial aid to help pay tuition. “If...

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Eye-Opening Survey Shows No.1 Fear for US Citizens is Government, NOT Terrorism

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

Eye-Opening Survey Shows No.1 Fear for US Citizens is Government, NOT Terrorism

By Matt Agorist – An extensive survey of hundreds of adults across the United States has just revealed that the thing most Americans fear—more than anything else—is their own government. In fact, according to the survey, no other fear even comes close to the percentage of Americans who worry about their corrupt government officials. The survey was conducted by Chapman University and it serves to back up the point that while Americans claim to live in the Land of the Free, deep down, they realize they are living in a corrupt oligarchy....

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Progressives Go Pagan

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blogs, Daily | 0 comments

Progressives Go Pagan

Religious liberty actually has had a long and noble history in the United States, at least until recently. In 1790, George Washington wrote a letter to a Hebrew congregation in Rhode Island in which he claimed, “All citizens share and possess liberty of conscience and unity of citizenship.” Mark David Hall of George Fox University, who read that excerpt at the Philadelphia Society’s regional meeting, said, “There is absolutely no reason to believe that the Founders viewed religious accommodations and exemptions as unconstitutional.” Indeed...

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Amazon’s headquarters hunt a wake-up call on US education

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

Amazon’s headquarters hunt a wake-up call on US education

For the U.S. to continue to lead the way in tech, we must have a world-class education system. Amazon recently sparked a competitive frenzy among U.S. cities when the Seattle-based company announced its search for a second corporate headquarters (“HQ2”) in North America. Thursday is the deadline for interested cities to submit their bids. Approximately 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars worth of economic activity hang in the balance. For Vegas oddsmakers who may be assessing the serious contenders in this competition, they would be wise to...

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We Need a Radio Free America on Campus

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

We Need a Radio Free America on Campus

Peter Wood – Deep within the United States Code a dynamite charge lies buried. Once ignited, it could blow the current landscape of higher education to smithereens, replacing its monotonous ideological expanse with an alpine variety of competing views and perspectives. Triggering the charge would require a willingness to overcome political reflexives that often serve conservatives well. But the hour is late, the need for action desperately real, and pragmatism sits proudly at the nation’s helm. So let us strike the fuse. The dynamite is...

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