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Monday
Mar312014

Newsmax - NH Gets a "D" Grade For Charter School Support

Three States Get Failing Grade for Charter School Laws

More than half of U.S. states earn a grade of C or below for their charter school laws — and just five earn an A, according to a new report.

"With the length of the average charter school waiting list increasing to nearly 300 students, there absolutely needs to be a sense of urgency around creating strong charter school laws that will accelerate the pace of growth to meet demand," said Kara Kerwin, president of the Center for Education Reform (CER), which released the 15th edition of its Charter School Laws Across the States report.

And Alison Consoletti, the CER's executive vice president and lead author of the report, said: "While it is true the charter school sector in the United States has grown at a steady, linear pace since the first charter school law was passed in 1991, we know the highest charter school enrollment growth is in jurisdictions with strong charter school laws."

The CER assigns a numerical value to four major charter school law components that have an impact on the creation and development of charters:

  • ·  Multiple authorizers — does the school board authorize charters, or does the state permit independent authorizers to create and manage charter schools.
  • ·  Number of schools allowed — is the number capped and do the caps impede the growth of charters.
  • ·  Operations — how much independence do charter schools and teachers have.
  • ·  Equitable funding — do charters receive the same amount of money for each student and do they receive financial support from the same sources as other public schools.

States also gain or lose points according to their accountability and how well they implement the law.

These rules must be codified in law, "otherwise they fall prey to the whims of politicians," Kerwin said. "We are seeing this play out right now in New York City under Mayor Bill de Blasio," who announced plans to slash funding for charter schools.

Among the 43 states (including the District of Columbia) that have charter school laws, five receive an A grade from the CER: Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, and the District of Columbia. They all receive high marks for multiple authorizers and number of schools allowed.

States receiving a B grade are New York, Florida, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Missouri, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Eight states earned a grade of D: Rhode Island, Illinois, Arkansas, New Hampshire, Alaska, Connecticut, Maryland, and Wyoming.

Virginia, Iowa, and Kansas received an F grade from the Center. They scored very poorly in teacher freedom and school district autonomy.

The other 18 states got a C grade.

Mississippi showed the biggest improvement from last year, moving from an F to a C. Arizona rose from a B to an A, and Wisconsin improved from a C to a B.

"As the nation celebrates 20-plus years of charter schools, history suggests state laws need to be modeled after success, not theory," Kerwin said. "There should be no excuses from elected officials now that we have powerful evidence of what works."

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Saturday
Mar292014

World's Changing View of President Obama - No One Clapped

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Well That's Embarrassing, No One Clapped 3/25/2014

Obama’s bloated ego hardest hit!  

Via Free BeaconTotal video is 1:19

President Barack Obama failed to receive any applause or cheers Tuesday in the Netherlands at the conclusion of his joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

After thanking the crowd twice, Obama remained at the podium, expecting the usual fanfare and applause.

Instead, he was met with one slow, awkward clap.


Sunday
Mar232014

Heritage - The Foundry's Top 5: GET READY TO PAY THE OBAMACARE TAX

Sunday
Mar232014

Newsmax - Kelly Ayotte: Time for Obama to Reveal Afghanistan Troop Plans

KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. senator leading a bipartisan delegation to Afghanistan called on President Barack Obama Saturday to announce a decision on his plans for future troop levels in the country on the assumption a much-delayed security pact eventually will eventually be signed with Kabul.

During a visit to Afghanistan, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire stressed no American forces would remain in the country without a bilateral security agreement, but she also said Obama shouldn't wait for that to give an idea of what the U.S. presence would look like after the NATO-led combat mission ends at the end of this year. [...]


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Friday
Mar212014

Personal Liberty Digest - Climate Science Abandons Science

March 21, 2014 by

The American Association for the Advancement of Science must be getting desperate. More people are growing wise to the lies, doctored data and climate model subterfuge of the anthropogenic global warming crowd. Their lies are disintegrating in harsh winter temperatures and because of the fact that actual temperatures show that the Earth is not getting warmer and that it has not in almost 20 years.

Last week, AAAS issued a new report, stating: “The rate of climate change may now be as fast as any extended warming period over the past 65 million years, and it is projected to accelerate in the coming decades.”

The scientists predicted, according to The Guardian: “An 8F rise — among the most likely scenarios could make once rare extreme weather events — 100-year floods, droughts and heat waves — almost annual occurrences.[...]

Read rest of article here -------->  Climate Science Abandons Science