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'Taxmageddon,' Coming in 2013, Means You'll Work Longer Than Ever to Pay for Government
by Matt Cover
May 1, 2012
The tax increases scheduled to take effect in January 2013 - dubbed Taxmageddon - could have the American people spending more days than ever working to pay for federal and state government, a report from the Tax Foundation shows.
A host of tax rates are scheduled to rise in January 2013 - when George W. Bush-era tax rates and the annual patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax expire - leading to a tax increase of approximately $500 billion in 2013, according to the conservative Heritage Foundation. The Congressional Budget Office reported in January that taxes would increase by $4.6 trillion over ten years, if Congress allows the rates to rise as scheduled at the end of this year.
'This Is What Happens When You Call the Cops' Rap: Catchy, True, Sad
July 17, 2014
Earlier this week, a little-known rapper who goes by the monicker "Rob Hustle" released a song that's quickly racking up views on Youtube.
Titled 'Call the Cops,' it's a catchy tune, but a depressing catalogue of some of the most prominent recent abuses committed by law enforcement in recent years. Hustle warns that when you call the cops, you often put your own life at risk. It's a problem that Reason readers are certainly familiar with. His music video shows countless clips of officers punching, pepper spraying, and otherwise brutalizing people.
'Three Little Pigs' rejected as offensive to Muslims
World Net Daily
January 23, 2008
Fearing Muslims would be offended, a story based on the "The Three Little Pigs" was rejected by a government-funded British agency from consideration for an annual award.
Judges for the national school honor said the digital book re-telling the classic tale is unacceptable because "the use of pigs raises cultural issues," the BBC reported.
'Time to Stop Talking About the Importance of Teacher Quality,' Union Chief Says
by Penny Starr
July 12, 2011
The head of the American Federation of Teachers on Monday complained about "those who blame teachers for everything that goes wrong in our schools... but do nothing to support us in our work."
In a speech at the AFT's conference in Washington, Randi Weingarten did not name names, but she did mention "so-called reformers" and those "on high" who try to improve education with "one-size-fits-all" remedies. "It's time to stop talking about the importance of teacher quality. It's time to start building a high-quality education system by cultivating high-quality educators-from excellent teacher colleges, with ample clinical experience, focused induction, and ongoing professional support throughout a teacher's career, in an environment that fosters respect." Weingarten called for "new reality," in which teaching becomes a "sustainable profession" rather than a "service project" or a temporary job.
'Tolerant' Liberals Tweet Hateful Messages
Personal Liberty Alerts
by Bryan Nash
August 30, 2012
Hurricane Isaac interfered with the Republican National Convention and resulted in a storm of tweets from liberals. Entertainers from "tolerant" Hollywood unleashed hateful messages aimed at those in Tampa, Fla., the site of the RNC.
Actress Ellen Barkin retweeted a message from one of her followers saying: "C'mon #Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean! #RNC." Samuel L. Jackson also got in on the action, tweeting that it was unfair that Hurricane Isaac missed the Republican convention, saying he didn't understand God's plan.
'What if we homeschooled?'
by Rose Godfrey
August 1, 2012
Walking through a couple of big box stores this past week, I couldn't help but notice the displays of back-to-school gear. Lists for what to buy for each school were conveniently displayed next to the racks of products.
You don't have to go there, either. There is an alternative. Imagine the possibilities of homeschooling. This year, ask yourself this question: "What if we homeschooled?" What if you walked past the lists this year? You could look around for what was interesting and find what appealed to your child. Your children could purchase what they needed for their own use and not worry about recommendations and sharing with the class.
'Won't Back Down' stars undaunted in face of union protests of school-choice movie
by Mary Katharine Ham
September 27, 2012
This week actresses Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis learned that making a movie about going up against teachers' unions to save a failing public school means going up against teachers' unions in real life, too.
Protesters gathered at the New York and L.A. premieres of "Won't Back Down," a film about a pair of determined moms- one a bartender and one a teacher- who take on apathetic teachers, bullying bureaucrats, and yes, entrenched teachers unions to turn around their children's failing public school. "Won't Back Down" opens everywhere Friday.
'Work-Study' School Set For 2007
The Washington Post (WA)
by Jay Mathews
January 20, 2006
The first private high school in the area to support itself largely through wages earned by students working one day a week for local employers will open in Takoma Park in fall 2007.
Archdiocese officials said the new Cristo Rey school, based on a work-study model first tried in inner-city Chicago 10 years ago, will be its first new archdiocese high school in more than 55 years. The Cristo Rey model has been hailed by many Catholic educators as a way to reverse the decline of parochial schools in inner cities and also give low-income students a way to earn private school tuition.
'You Are a Bad Person if You Send Your Children to Private School'
by Daniel Doherty
September 2, 2013
At first, I thought this was satire. Evidently it is not...
I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good.
'You are such a liar. No wonder nobody likes you': What teachers 'told teenager with learning difficulties in class'
by Lydia Warren
November 10, 2011
Two teachers have allegedly been caught calling a 14-year-old girl with special needs 'dumb' and 'lazy' - after she recorded them.
When the student's parents, from Washington Court House, Ohio, feared their daughter was being bullied, they hid a tape recorder in her clothing. They were stunned to hear teacher Christy Wilt and her aide Kelly Chaffins allegedly poking fun at the teenager's weight and forcing her to run on a treadmill.
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