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April 10, 2013

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul will unleash his take on the education system that focuses on "the biblical principle of self -government and personal responsibility," this fall.

Paul's educational institution, the Ron Paul Curriculum, was announced over the weekend as a two-tiered educational approach to homeschooling. The first is a free K-5 course system, supplemented by educational online videos and reading materials.

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April 10, 2013

A Connecticut gun shop that legally sold weapons used in the Newtown school massacre lost its federal firearms license after the December shooting because of hundreds of violations over the past several years, according to federal authorities.

A document prepared by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives explains why Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor lost its license. Some of the violations included letting a felon buy ammunition and selling firearms without completing background checks. The document was obtained Wednesday by WFSB-TV and the Journal News in New York. The shop's lawyer, Rob Altchiler, told the TV station that shooter Adam Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza, bought the Bushmaster rifle he used to kill 20 first-graders and six adults from Riverview, as well as a Sig Sauer handgun found at the school. Altchiler disputed the violations were serious enough to warrant license revocation.

April 10, 2013

With a $10,000 grant from the Northern and Central California Region of the Wells Fargo Foundation, NatureBridge is proud to offer scholarship funding for high school students in California's Central Valley...

two-week backcountry science expedition in Yosemite National Park. NatureBridge's Summer Field Research Course gives teens the opportunity to conduct rigorous field science investigations among the deep valleys and giant sequoias in one of the most iconic national parks in the country. Students will work with NatureBridge field science educators and produce their own ecological research project, which will empower them to make informed decisions about the Sierra Nevada ecosystem.

April 10, 2013

'We'll have to see what the Howard students thought,' Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul shouted from an elevator Wednesday afternoon, answering MailOnline's question about whether his foray into winning the hearts and minds of black youths was successful.

Paul, a Republican darling who is already laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run with a coming appearance in New Hampshire, had just wrapped up a two-hour appearance at the Howard University School of Business. Howard is among the U.S. colleges classified as 'historically black,' and the audience of approximately 300 included few white faces apart from those belonging to reporters. 'Some have said that I'm either brave or crazy to be here today,' Paul told the students, acknowledging the seeming incongruity of a Republican competing openly for the support of young African-Americans. 'I've never been one to watch the world go by without participating. I wake up each day hoping to make a difference,' he said.

April 10, 2013

A national database of student-specific data is very concerning for many reasons. The national databases being created now include detailed records of students, including race, gender, birth information, learning disabilities, detailed academic records..

This information is being collected soon after birth, all the way through graduation from college. The more personal information that is included, the greater the danger to the student's privacy and safety if the data is breached. Will certain data make it harder for students to get into higher education? Will it be disclosed to government employers, or even private employers?

March 29, 2013

Rock Hill police are investigating after a 3rd grade teacher was arrested and charged with assaulting a 9-year-old female student.

According to the Rock Hill School District, Daniel Johns, a third-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary School, is on administrative leave with pay following an incident that occurred Wednesday morning before school began. Officials say the incident involved Johns and a third-grade student.

March 27, 2013

The process began in the Clinton Administration, had an assist from the George H. W. Bush Administration, was given a powerful push forward by the George W. Bush Administration and then was given a big push over the fence by the Obama Administration.

The result was a transformation in the federal role in education. Prior to the Clinton administration, the federal government's role had been to aid, assist, prod and push the schools, districts and states. But the key word was always "aid." There was no question about who was in charge and it was never, in that whole period, the federal government. By which I mean that it was up to the government to offer financial aid to assist disadvantaged students, to help others develop curriculum that schools were genuinely free to use or not as they chose, to aid in the development of stronger vocational programs, but always of the schools' design, and so on. In that entire period, from the 1950s to the 1990s, the federal government did not interfere in any important way with the design of the larger system and the way it worked, except with respect to school desegregation, which was the result of decisions made by the courts and not primarily the result of executive or legislative branch decisions.

March 26, 2013

A Texas mother is stirring conservatives after discovering her son's fifth grade quiz points to the US causing the 9/11 and may be "indoctrinating" kids to leftist ideals.

The test question asked why the U.S. may be a target for terrorism and her son chose the correct answer to the test that covered material from a video students watched in class: "Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere."

March 19, 2013

One bill would give the health commissioner the power to ban any supplement deemed "harmful," no matter how tiny the risk. A state-based Action Alert!

The New York state legislature is considering two new bills that could have a devastating effect on supplements, and if they are successful, they may be copied by other states. The first bill (S.3650 and A.4700) will establish a Dietary Supplement Safety Committee that would create a system for adverse event reports; assess data and make recommendations to ban whichever nutritional supplements it deemed harmful; and establish a public health education campaign on dietary supplements. Most dangerous of all, the health commissioner would have the ability to ban supplements as recommended by committee.

March 10, 2013

Obama's call for universal preschool access, one of the few concrete proposals in an otherwise bland State of the Union Address, was the culmination of an idea inspired by the success of programs like the Perry Preschool Program.

There has been some research to suggest that children who attend preschool regularly go on to lead more successful lives than those who don't, even when socioeconomic factors are accounted for. In response to the President's State of the Union speech, the WSJ took a look at Oklahoma, one of the first states to roll out state-funded preschools, to see how their program is actually faring.


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