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breitbart.com

March 22, 2015

In the battle against the Common Core, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the proliferation of these top-down education standards is driving a massive increase in the number of homeschoolers.

Families are realizing that if they want their children to benefit from individualized education, if they want to protect their children from data mining, and if they want to be free of the Common Core's one-size-fits-all approach to education, homeschooling (and certain private schools) is the only way to go.

detroitnews.com

October 21, 2014

Meet Michigan's foulest criminals. They're chickens, but not your ordinary poultry. These nine hens are threatening to topple the government of this northern Michigan hamlet.

A young couple's attempt to raise chickens led to their arrest, the resignation of the mayor and city manager, the possible recall of two City Council members, a Michigan State Police investigation and endless chicken jokes. When Mayor Kane Kelly tried to help the couple, he was pressured to resign during a meeting that may have violated the state's open meetings law.

mrsmomblog.com

October 6, 2014

A Letter to Commissioner King and the New York State Education Department:

I have played your game for the past two years. As an educator, I have created my teaching portfolio with enough evidence so I can prove that I am doing my job over the course of the school year. I am testing my students on material that they haven't yet learned in September, and then re-testing them midway through the year, and then again at the end of the year to track and show their growth.

toprightnews.com

August 9, 2014

Sheer insanity. This isn't some raving drunk off the street. This is the president of one of the largest teachers unions in the United States - a nation which is slowly turning against the disastrous "Common Core" system of Federally-imposed standards.

Michael Mulgrew, president of New York's United Federation of Teachers, unloaded a hateful rant against critics of the Common Core Standards Initiative. "If someone takes something from me, I'm going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!" Mulgrew bellowed clownishly. "You do not take what is mine!" The union boss also challenged opponents of Common Core and union control over education to a fist fight.

RT

August 7, 2014

The United States government has concluded that a new leaker has been supplying members of the media with classified documents, CNN reported on Tuesday.

Earlier that day, The Intercept published a new article based off of disclosures provided to them by an unnamed source pertaining to the US government's use of watchlists to monitor known and suspected terrorists. Previously, The Intercept has worked closely with top-secret National Security Agency documents admittedly provided to journalists by Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the NSA. Tuesday's leak, however, is of a document dated August 2013 - weeks after Snowden chose to identify himself as the source of the NSA leak and had already arrived in Moscow where he later received asylum and remains today.

conservativetribune.com

August 7, 2014

A journalist recently exposed Obama's hypocrisy to his face during a press conference for criticizing Bush over power grabs.

It's no secret that President Obama has made unprecedented power grabs to draw more legislative power into the executive branch, the likes of which have never been seen thus far in American history. The president has abused executive orders to bypass Congress and create laws favoring his agenda, and is attempting to do so once again with amnesty. What makes this situation slightly comical is that when Obama was running for president, he slammed George W. Bush for attempting to bring more power into the executive branch instead of going through Congress, stating he planned on reversing that trend.

examiner.com

August 6, 2014

A Canadian study shared in a press release from Concordia University yesterday confirms what American researchers have known for several years: Homeschool students score better on standardized tests than public school students.

This new research, conducted by Concordian and Mount Allison Universities, added another twist, however, and compared homeschoolers with a structured curriculum with those who use an "unschooling" approach. The former were found wanting. As early as the mid 1990s, Arizona legislators had discovered that homeschoolers typically scored in the 70-85 percentile on the then-required Iowa test, while the state school pupils averaged around 40-50th percentile. This discrepancy held true for years as Arizona educators tried out different assessments.

thefreethoughtproject.com

August 5, 2014

Last year, NYPD Officer Darren Ilardi ran over 24-year-old Ryo Oyamada with his police car, killing the young student outside of a deli near the intersection of 40th Avenue and 10th Street, in Queensbridge, New York.

After the accident, Ilardi intentionally destroyed evidence and began a year long cover-up which has been revealed in a recent lawsuit. It is also highly possible that Ilardi is not the only officer who participated in the cover-up. According to the lawsuit, officers who responded to the scene failed to conduct a proper investigation. The responding officers dispersed the eyewitnesses without getting any testimony, they failed to measure skid marks or to check Ilardi's cellphone and dash-cam footage to see if he was distracted while driving. Additionally, the police report was heavily redacted and it seems that surveillance video which was taken near the scene of the crime miraculously disappeared.

aclu.org

July 28, 2014

Because freedom can't protect itself Government Spying Undermines Media Freedom and Right to Counsel, ACLU- Human Rights Watch Shows

Large-scale U.S. surveillance is seriously hampering U.S.-based journalists and lawyers in their work, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released today. Surveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately obstructing the American people's ability to hold their government to account, the groups said. The 120-page report, "With Liberty to Monitor All: How Large-Scale U.S. Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law, and American Democracy," is based on extensive interviews with dozens of journalists, lawyers, and senior U.S. government officials. It documents how national security journalists and lawyers are adopting elaborate steps or otherwise modifying their practices to keep communications, sources, and other confidential information secure in light of revelations of unprecedented U.S. government surveillance of electronic communications and transactions. The report finds that government surveillance and secrecy are undermining press freedom, the public's right to information, and the right to counsel, all human rights essential to a healthy democracy.

reason.com

July 28, 2014

Kids occasionally behave very badly and need to be sent home from school. It's tough to imagine a 3-year-old deserving such a severe punishment, though-not once, not twice, but five separate times.

At DelawareOnline.com, Tunette Powell writes about the many, many suspensions handed down to her sons-ages 4 and 3-by overzealous preschool teachers and administrators: I agreed his behavior was inappropriate, but I was shocked that it resulted in a suspension. For weeks it seemed as if JJ was on the chopping block. He was suspended two more times, once for throwing another chair and then for spitting on a student who was bothering him at breakfast. Again, these are behaviors I found inappropriate, but I did not agree with suspension. ...

      

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