Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are threatening to block Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s school voucher bill over fears that Muslim schools could receive funding. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Monday that Haslam hinted that he would withdraw his bill after objections from Republican…
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http://www.youtube.com/v/fci7oaOWr6o?version=3&f=videos&app=youtube_gdata Excerpt from: Privatize Schools Teach Hippies are Dirty & Celebrate the KKK
Here’s what 8th graders in Louisiana know, for sure, about the 1960s rabble-rousers better known as hippies (emphasis mine):They went to Canada or European countries to escape being drafted into military service. They went without bathing, wore dirty, ragged, unconventional clothing, and deliberately broke all codes of politeness or manners. Rock music played an important part in the hippie movement and had great influence over the hippies. Many of the rock musicians they followed belonged to Eastern religious cults or practiced Satan worship.How do they know it? Because their history textbook — “America: Land I Love” — told them so!Dirty hippie-gate is just one of many reasons the quality of the Louisiana school system’s voucher program has been called into question. Other schools involved in the program have taught students that dragons are real and that, except for the whole owning human beings as property thing, slave owners were actually pretty nice guys.Continue Reading… … Read More
To celebrate Mardi Gras properly, bars in Boise, Idaho, have opted for an unusual door prize in attempt to perk up customers: a free boob job.
The bars China Blue, Dirty Little Roddy’s and Main Street Bistro are all owned by one man, Ted Challenger, who has promised to hand out a $3,000 voucher for breast augmentation surgery as a door prize.
“We’re just trying to put some fun back into Mardi Gras,” Challenger explained to The Idaho Statesman.
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Wednesday-night dinner turned into a big surprise and a super-big score for folks lucky enough to be eating theirs at Bocanova Pan-American Grill in Oakland, CA. Between the fourth course and dessert, officials from LAN Airlines — the main carrier in Chile, Ecuador, Peru and other countries and the only airline to run nonstop flights between San Francisco and South America — stood up from their table at the back of the room to announce that every single diner was about to receive a voucher for a free round-trip ticket to anywhere in South America. Naturally, everyone flipped out. Here’s how they looked before the announcement — a full house of unsuspecting diners enjoying one of chef/co-owner Rick Hackett’s locally famous wine dinners:Read More…
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The most promising Republican leader on the national stage is confident, consistent and charismatic. And he sometimes curses, too. That leader is Chris Christie. And Mitt Romney is no Chris Christie.I’m not saying I support much of what Chris Christie stands for. As governor of New Jersey, Christie raised taxes on the poor and middle classes while advocating tax breaks for the rich. Christie vetoed marriage equality legislation and said that civil rights should have been subject to a “popular” vote in the 1960s.Christie pushed a voucher plan to drain money from public schools to fund private education while bashing teachers and other public sector unions. And after all this, New Jersey’s unemployment rate hovers around 9.8% as of September — a full two percentage points higher than the rest of the nation. Not much to be proud of there.Continue Reading… … Read More
During Monday’s presidential debate, Gov. Mitt Romney declared
his undying affection for America’s teachers:
Moderator Bob Schieffer chimed in: “I think we all love
new study from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
finds that it’s not just teachers who are getting the love money, though they are
getting plenty of it as well.
America’s public schools saw a 96 percent increase in students
but increased administrators and other non-teaching staff a
staggering 702 percent since 1950, according to a new study of
school personnel by the Friedman Foundation for Educational
Choice….Teaching staff, in comparison, increased 252 percent.
Even states that had actual decreases in enrollment often had
major bumps in education hiring:
Maine had a decrease of 10.8 percent in student population yet
increased its non-teaching staff by 76.1 percent.
South Dakota lost 3.9 percent of its student population yet
increased non-teaching staff by 55.4 percent.
The District of Columbia lost 14.8 percent of its students yet
increased non-teaching staff by 42 percent.
Here’s the money math:
If non-teaching personnel had grown at the same rate as student
population, American public schools would have an additional $24.3
billion annually. Scafidi’s report concluded that $24.3 billion is
equivalent to an annual $7,500 raise per teacher nationwide or a
$1,700 school voucher for each child in poverty.
And here’s your handy abysmal performance vs. astronomical
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