Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Obama’s latest hostile takeover target

September 14, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"The Obama administration’s latest college crusade claims it will help students. In reality, it’s a hostile takeover attempt by government of the private for-profit career college sector that will hurt students, taxpayers, and the economy." (09/12/14)

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The libertarian case against public schools

September 9, 2014
posted by

Laurence M. Vance LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M. Vance  

"Conservatives and libertarians have a precarious relationship. On the surface, they appear to agree on some issues, but once you dig a little deeper, vast philosophical differences quickly become evident. To get votes and support, Conservatives sometimes spout libertarian rhetoric, claim they are 'libertarian leaning,' and -- their favorite pastime -- criticize liberals. The truth, however, is that conservatives are bitter opponents of libertarianism, lie incessantly, and are no better than liberals on most issues. Yet, the case of public schooling is one where conservatives and libertarians appear to have some common concerns." (09/09/14)

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Public school groups sue to limit public’s educational options

September 7, 2014
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Andrew J. Coulson  

"Last week, Florida’s state school establishment sued to kill an education tax credit program that benefits 60,000 low income, mostly black and Hispanic children. The credits cut taxes on businesses that donate to non-profit scholarship organizations .... Studies show performance gains for both the students who switch to private schools and the students who remain in public schools, and taxpayers save tens of millions of dollars every year. The tax credits thus create a win-win-win scenario. But Florida’s teachers union, school administrators association, and school boards association want to kill the program anyway." (09/02/14)

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How much are teachers really paid?

September 4, 2014
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Pamela Villarreal, Nick Novak and Christian D'Andrea  

"Los Angeles and New York City elementary school teachers are some of the highest paid in the country according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data. It is no surprise that the country’s two largest cities would be atop this list, but what may be surprising is the city that beats New York and L.A." [executive summary -- full article available as PDF download] (09/03/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/how-much-are-teachers-really-paid  

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Oklahoma: Losing federal waiver, winning back rightful control over education

September 1, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"By this school year all American students were supposed to be proficient in reading and math according to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the latest iteration of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). By 2011 it was clear that no state was even close, so the US Department of Education made states an offer far too many thought they couldn’t refuse ..." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q26moo2  

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LA: Jindal reportedly to sue federal government over Common Core

August 27, 2014
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Fox News    

"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal reportedly will file a lawsuit against the Obama administration in federal court Wednesday, claiming that the Department of Education has illegally manipulated grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the controversial Common Core standards. A draft copy of the lawsuit was provided to The Associated Press by the governor's office. Jindal planned to file it Wednesday in the federal court based in Baton Rouge." (08/27/14)

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For-profit colleges: Felonies or feeding frenzy?

August 26, 2014
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"For-profit colleges have been feeling a lot of heat over the last few years, and likely some of it has been fueled by politicians driven as much by politics or ideology as concerns about a uniquely awful higher ed sector. That said, for-profits do have some atrocious outcomes, and no doubt some have very shady practices. So how does the public know if attacks on specific for-profits are about real malfeasance, or about politicians -- including lots of attorneys general -- trying to make names for themselves by aggressively going after easily demonized schools?" (08/25/14)

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Parental choice, not Common Core, is the key to academic accountability

August 25, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"As long as the federal government and powerful political special interest groups control education, parents and the taxpaying public will remain in the dark about just how well students are actually doing in school. Teachers’ union leaders fight objective measures of student achievement. Washington politicians and unelected bureaucrats devise elaborate, expensive testing regimes that purport to be objective, but in reality they’re based on benchmarks that are so low significant numbers of students are deemed performing when, in fact, they have not mastered basic knowledge and skills." (08/23/14)

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NC: Judge rules private school vouchers unconstitutional

August 21, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"A new school voucher program for low-income families was ruled unconstitutional Thursday by a judge who said taxpayer money should not be used for tuition to private or religious schools. The vouchers pay for students to attend privately run K-12 schools that do not have to meet state curriculum requirements, violating the state constitution, Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood said." (08/21/14)

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Is education policy economic policy?

August 4, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Lenore Ealy  

"We live with a collective sigh of despair, punctuated by angry controversy over various proposals for reform ranging from school choice to the Common Core standards movement. Yet for all the tax dollars, political capital, and ink spilled on issues of education reform and school improvement, we have failed to ask a fundamental question: Who is education for?" (08/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2dzejg  

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A word on teachers

August 4, 2014
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Keir Martland  

"Those of a certain age who perhaps attended a grammar school and have done moderately well ought to be forgiven for believing that, while the state system is now grossly inefficient and obviously dumbed-down, the students have never had it so good. ... Quite the contrary. State high schooling is a highly depressing and demotivating experience; nowhere else can you get the atmosphere of a police station, a hospital, and an asylum all in one." (07/31/14)

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College: Not the be all, end all we’re led to believe

July 30, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Gannon LeBlanc  

"The average starting salary for the class of 2013 was $45,259 a year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. While such earnings are certainly enough to get by, a graduating member of the class of 2013 also owed an average of US$35,200 in student loans. Meanwhile, salary growth is only at 2.4 percent and barely keeping up with annual inflation of 2.1 percent. With these deflating facts in mind, young people need to start looking at themselves in the mirror and asking if college is what’s truly right for them." (07/30/14)

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Is Common Core on the ropes?

July 30, 2014
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Opponents of rigid and controversial Common Core education standards just may be winning the battle. That pending victory is something Reason has pointed out in the past, as we've urged that libertarians should cheer for such an outcome, and work instead for expanded flexibility in education, and more consideration for the diversity of the kids on the receiving end of educrat ambitions. It's impassioned moms who are defeating Common Core, suggests Stephanie Simon at Politico, overwhelming 'sedate videos' and 'talking points.'" (07/29/14)

http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/29/is-common-core-on-the-ropes  

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More states abandoning the sinking Common Core ship

July 29, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Originally, 45 states signed on to Common Core, but so far four states have formally pulled out. Indiana recently became the first one to reverse course and implement state standards instead. This decision earned a threatening letter from the U.S. Department of Education about withholding funds and revoking Indiana’s waiver from onerous federal No Child Left Behind Act mandates. South Carolina, Missouri, and Oklahoma have also ditched Common Core standards." (07/28/14)

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Lessons from Teach For America

July 25, 2014
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Lloyd Bentsen IV and Megan Simons  

"There is widespread agreement among education reformers that public school teachers should be hired based on their subject matter competence rather than their formal credentials; that the best teachers should be assigned to the lowest performing schools; and that teachers should be paid based on performance rather than tenure. Exactly the opposite takes place in most school districts. However, there is a program that does recruit, select, train, pay and evaluate teachers in a manner that most reformers would support." (07/24/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ib147  

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LA: Common Core supporters sue Jindal

July 22, 2014
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ABC News    

"Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards are suing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the Republican governor and his Division of Administration 'have sown chaos in the education system' and violated the Louisiana Constitution by issuing a series of executive orders aimed at undermining Common Core." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ldmj4ha  

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OK: Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal

July 16, 2014
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Fox News    

"The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core education standards for English and math in the state's public schools. The state's highest court took the action a little more than four hours after attorneys presented oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the Legislature's action. The lawsuit alleged lawmakers violated the state Board of Education's constitutional authority over the 'supervision of instruction in the public schools' when they repealed Common Core standards earlier this year. But the Supreme Court's 8-1 decision said the Legislature's action was not unconstitutional." (07/15/14)

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Teachers’ job security more important than kids’ futures?

June 25, 2014
posted by

Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"Having organized a labor union at a Boston candy store when I was 15, during the Depression -- where students worked nights and weekends for 35 cents an hour -- I am not anti-labor union. Threatening a strike as Christmas business neared, we won our 50 cents an hour. But in recent years, as a reporter on education, I have found teachers' unions bullishly and contractually protective of their members' jobs, most commonly at the expense of low-income and minority students." (06/25/14)

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Armed teachers — school shooters

June 25, 2014
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"There are several items in the news these days about 'allowing' some teachers and administrators to be armed in order to respond to 'school shootings.' In fact, some schools are actively in the process of providing for this. Even more surprising is the fact that many in 'law enforcement' are starting to support the idea. While I very much agree that teachers, like anyone else, must be free to carry arms for self defense, maybe a better alternative to armed teachers and 'guards' in 'public schools' is to stop gathering hundreds or thousands of helpless potential victims into these tactical nightmare environments." (06/24/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4941  

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Drop out and get a real education

June 25, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by James Guzman  

"We presently have the tools to completely change the face of education. The only things holding us back from fully implementing these new techniques are awareness and the psychological borders people have been trained to believe in. In today’s economy, it is more important than ever to think as entrepreneurs and harness innovation as it becomes available. The amount of opportunity out there for an autodidact is hard to fathom, as we are swimming in a sea of information." (06/24/14)

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How the Common Core supports capital

June 24, 2014
posted by

In These Times
by Shawn Gude  

"Glenn Beck and Karen Lewis, state’s rights proponents and Gates critics, anti-standardized testing skeptics right and left -- all are lining up to pillory a policy that counts Randi Weingarten, Jeb Bush, and the National Parent Teacher Association among its supporters. Opponents, if one can draw parallels between the grievances of prudish conservatives, militant unionists, and Louis C.K., fret that the Common Core circumscribes creativity and regiments schooling. Conservative detractors are skittish about government indoctrination, lefties about corporate domination. So severe is the scorn that even the Gates Foundation, a financial backer of the standards, is backpedaling; last week, it said schools should hold off on using test scores to evaluate teachers and promote students until the two-year initial implementation process is complete." [editor's note: I'm far more alarmed about how it distorts & prevents actual learning of the basics, like simple math? - SAT] (06/24/14)

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The danger of Big Data and the progressive plot for education

June 19, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Hailey Vrdolyak  

"With the federal government’s increasing involvement in education, advocates of this national education system claim gathering immense amounts of data is necessary for the system to properly function. This data is more than simple aggregate of test scores, but rather it is personal information about individual students, including their values and facts about their family life." (06/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nq3zhtu  

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LA: Jindal seeks to block Common Core tests

June 18, 2014
posted by

Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took steps Wednesday to block the use of tests tied to the Common Core education standards, a move that puts him at odds with state legislative, education and business leaders but one that could help the likely 2016 presidential candidate with tea party supporters and conservative voters. Top Louisiana education officials said the Republican governor's executive order is meaningless and they intend to go ahead and roll out the standards and the testing tied to them. Jindal once supported Common Core, but reversed his stance earlier this year." (06/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p7gy2vx  

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The threat of Common Core: Confusing the true purpose of education

June 4, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Hailey Vrdolyak  

"The true aim of education is to create free persons, capable of governing themselves and independent from any large entity, enabling them to pursue their own, individual goals for the sake of the common good. Education is a type of liberation that equips individuals with the proper tools to be able to discern their own future rather than have it dictated to them. Antithetical to the true purpose of education, the Common Core State Standards Initiative simply prepares students to enter college o[r] the workforce." (06/04/14)

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Common Core: Raising the bar-barians

May 27, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki E. Alger  

"Supporters claim Common Core will provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students should know to be prepared for college and their future careers. On the contrary, many experts serving on Common Core review committees warn that academic rigor was compromised for the sake of political buy-in from the various political interest groups involved -- including teachers unions. Unsurprisingly, the curriculum is being used to advance a partisan political agenda, showcasing one-sided labor union, ObamaCare, and global warming materials, along with more graphic, adult-themed books under the auspices of promoting diversity and toleration. But the politicization doesn’t stop there." (05/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lvmzuow  

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