Public forum on high stakes testing, March 4

From the Wednesday, February 25, 2015, North Ridgeville Press:

“A public forum on standardized testing is slated for March 4 at the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road.

According to an event posted on Facebook, “Join a growing group of concerned parents, teachers and administrators for an informational forum to discuss the issues facing our schools and our children with the current standardized testing curriculum. Please consider joining us to learn about the high stakes PARCC testing, the 3rd Grade Guarantee and your rights regarding these tests. Speakers will be available to answer your questions.”

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“The Cancer of Multiculturalism”

by Walt Williams

President Obama’s vision is that of a man brainwashed through an academic vision of multiculturalism, in which American exceptionalism has no place. It’s a vision that has been shaped by a longtime association with people who hate our country, people such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Weather Underground leader and Pentagon bomber William Ayers and Ayers’ onetime fugitive wife, Bernardine Dohrn. A vision that sees a moral equivalency between what Christians did centuries ago and today’s Islamic savagery is quite prevalent in academia. It’s part of what’s worshipped on most college campuses as diversity and multiculturalism.
Read full article here:

http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2015/02/25/the-cancer-of-multiculturalism-n1961061/page/full

HCC is a State-Based Alternative to Obamacare in Ohio

HCC LogoBelow is a great article explaining the Health Care Compact – HCC – (HB 34) introduced in Ohio by State Rep. Wes Retherford & State Rep. Terry Boose.
Please call or email your State Rep (Click Here) and ask them to support true healthcare freedom in Ohio by supporting HB 34 – the Health Care Compact.

From The Sidney Post –

If Ohio likes its Obamacare, it can keep its Obamacare – but it won’t have to if a group of state lawmakers have their way.

State Rep. Wes Retherford, Hamilton – House District 51, and Rep. Terry Boose, Norwalk – House District 57, have introduced legislation that would give Ohio greater control over federal health care programs. It’s called the Health Care Compact, and it would allow Columbus to regulate health care and provide an alternative to Obamacare.

“We’ve begun to see with Obamacare and the Veterans Administration debacles that a centralized health care system run out of Washington is destined to fail. States should be free to come up with the approach that best reflects the needs and wants of its citizens,” Retherford said. “By transferring decision-making authority, responsibility and control of federal health care funding from Washington, D.C. to Columbus, the Health Care Compact gives Ohio the option to choose a different health insurance system than Obamacare, one that actually works to meet our families’ needs.

“The Health Care Compact will shield Ohio citizens and businesses from the burdensome regulations of Obamacare, and protect our seniors from the $700 billion dollars that Obamacare cuts from Medicare to pay for Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies,” he said.

The move to give states more say-so over health care policy is gaining momentum. The Health Care Compact has been approved by nine states — Indiana, Continue reading

Ohio House Unanimous AGAINST Common Core

On February 11, the Ohio House of Representatives voted unanimously for HB7, a bill that makes a student’s PARCC score independent from his or her pass/fail consideration. PARCC is a college readiness test that is utilizing Common Core standards, and is being implemented in this month of February to Ohio students. Parents and students have the choice to “opt-out” of the testing, and more have been making this choice as people have become increasingly frustrated with the over-testing of our students. Cleveland.com recently posted an article on the increasing number of opt-outs, and more information on the “opt-out” procedure can be found on the Ohioans Against Common Core website.

In case you missed it, Elyria High School teacher Stacie Starr won a Top Teacher Award and then promptly announced her resignation due to Common Core.  Continue reading

What Net Neutrality Will Mean

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has been sounding the alarm regarding the expected decision in favor of Net Neutrality. (From Breitbart, and from The Verge) The plan is for the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to treat broadband service as a public utility like network television and radio, thereby requiring these internet companies to prove they are allowing equal and fair access to all websites. There has been no accusation or proof that internet companies are changing service speeds depending on the content, only a supposition that they will do so unless supervised by an impartial external entity… like the FCC.

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What’s a “middle class” student, anyway?

Ironically enough, the same day this Thomas Sowell interview with David Horowitz came was published there was a debate on FNC between two women on the subject of too much testing in schools.

The woman who supported the too much testing position actually said (I paraphrase somewhat) that it was necessary to test so much for the benefit of “MIDDLE CLASS STUDENTS.”

What in the heck is a “middle class student?” I wish some pundit or another would challenge her on that. What a disparaging remark! Your academic marks are based on your economic status?

Their academic success is based on their “class” in America???????

Now, for your real edification, please enjoy Sowell’s interview, “Inequality.”

IBD’s Merline, “Obama Recovery Turns 5: Are You Better Off?”

In a speech last week in Delaware, President Obama was positively bursting with pride about what his policies have produced since the economic recovery started five years ago.

“Our businesses have now added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months,” he said. “Construction and housing are rebounding. The auto industry is booming. … Manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since September of 2008.”

Obama said that “the decisions we made Continue reading