The Associated Press has the story.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
"Relatively few citizens are aware of the amount of money already going
to Oklahoma's public schools," The Oklahoman correctly notes.
In the 2013 budget year, the total amount of funding for Oklahoma schools — including all state, local and federal dollars — was $8.2 billion, according to figures from the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services. That’s $1 billion more than in 2008, yet critics continue to complain that schools are "financially starved."
Writing in the Washington Post about lockdown drills, a pre-K teacher laments that "we are rounding up and silencing a generation of schoolchildren, and terrifying those who care for them."
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
"A new independent film, now showing in select theaters on the West
Coast and making its way to the Midwest and East Coast in November, is
currently screening to sold out audiences," Christine Escobar blogs over at Huff Post Chicago. Here's a trailer:
Excellent editorial today in the state's largest newspaper.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
"Ultimately, Common Core rests on the faulty premise that a single, centralized entity knows what's best for all 55 million students nationwide," Vicki Alger writes. "Raising the education bar starts with putting the real experts in charge: students' parents."
Thursday, October 23, 2014
I commend to your attention a very helpful report from Dr. Vicki Alger entitled "Faith-Based Schools: Their Contributions to American Education, Society, and the Economy."
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Clarence G. Oliver, Jr., Earl Garrison, and David K. Pennington are all Baptists. These Baptist gentlemen all share a history of presiding over school districts
which, as a matter of law and public policy, must (like Peter) deny Christ. And as plaintiffs in a current lawsuit, they're now leading an effort to discriminate against Christians on the basis of their religion.
By way of contrast, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is now asking the question if sending one's children to a public school is even a permissible option anymore. "For Christians who take the Christian worldview seriously and who understand the issues at stake," he says, "the answer is increasingly no."
That's a pretty big gap.
"Parents should not be forced, for financial reasons, to send their children to schools in which the values taught conflict with those they want to pass on to their children," writes Melissa Moschella, an assistant professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of America. "An effective voucher or scholarship program of some sort is therefore also a requirement of parental rights."