Though the Common Core initiative was once dismissed as a little-known and tedious education policy issue, the New York Times says that the nationalized academic standards have grown to be a central electoral issue that is separating establishment Republicans from grass roots, limited government activists.
Jonathan Martin, writing for the Times, identifies Common Core as an issue that has already led some Republicans who were once ardent supporters of the standards to abandon them due to the intensity with which grass roots groups of parents and teachers have protested them. Common Core opponents object not only to the highly non-transparent and intrusive manner in which the standards have come upon the American educational scene, but also to some of their strange content that seems to demand problem-solving skills that are not instinctive to students in general.
‘It will change absolutely everything’: Glenn reacts to new hate speech bill in the House and Senate –The Blaze
There is a piece of legislation making its way through both the House of Representatives and Senate that could have real implications for freedom of speech in the media and on the internet. On Wednesday, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219), which seeks “to examine the prevalence of hate crime and hate speech on the Internet, television, and radio to better address such crimes.” Meanwhile, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced a companion bill in the House – H.R. 3878.
It’s becoming more and more clear exactly why Lois Lerner refuses to testify and answer questions regarding the IRS scandal of targeting and harassing Tea Party and other conservative groups. It is also clear why the IRS commissioner made the claim that it would take years to produce the emails surrounding this scandal. According to a report by Townhall, the collusion between Democrats, the Obama IRS and the Obama DOJ goes even deeper than initially thought and emails obtained by Judicial Watch shows the extreme coordination between these groups in the targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups.
Teacher Slams Common Core in Resignation Letter: I Can’t Be Part of the System That’s the Opposite of Teaching
FOX NEWS INSIDER - In a viral blog post, a Colorado public school teacher resigned from her position as a high school English teacher in protest to Common Core standards. Pauline Hawkins wrote in part:
“I can no longer be a part of a system that continues to do the exact opposite of what I am supposed to do as a teacher - I am supposed to help them think for themselves, help them find solutions to problems, help them become productive members of society. Instead, the emphasis on Common Core Standards and high-stakes testing is creating a teach-to-the-test mentality for our teachers and stress and anxiety for our students. Students have increasingly become hesitant to think for themselves because they have been programmed to believe that there is one right answer that they may or may not have been given yet. That is what school has become: A place where teachers must give students “right” answers, so students can prove (on tests riddled with problems, by the way) that teachers have taught students what the standards have deemed are a proper education.”
Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Keynote 2014 WisGOP State Convention
[Madison, Wis.] – The Republican Party of Wisconsin is pleased to announce that Indiana Governor Mike Pence will keynote its annual State Convention, taking place May 2-4 in Milwaukee. The Convention will join leaders and activists from across the state and set the course for victory in November.
Since taking office in 2012, Governor Pence has worked to improve Indiana’s private-sector job growth, increase the investment in its schools and enhance workforce development initiatives, all while protecting the taxpayers.
“We’re honored to have Governor Pence join us at the State Convention to highlight the positive effects of Republican leadership,” said Brad Courtney, Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “Governor Pence’s record of putting taxpayers first is moving Indiana forward, and he has set the state on the right course with his pro-growth agenda.”
In addition to Governor Pence, the 2014 State Convention will feature speakers including Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Senator Ron Johnson, Congressman Paul Ryan, and more.
“I am excited to join fellow Republicans in Milwaukee next month to unite behind Governor Scott Walker and his strong record of reform,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Unlike the failed leadership in Washington, states are leading the way forward with real change and a renewed focus on the taxpayer, not on bigger government.”
For more on 2014 State Convention, visit wisgop.org/convention.
Leading the Way Right Tough, calm, and principled, Scott Walker should be the GOP’s standard-bearer in 2016.
Today’s chatter about nominating former governor Jeb Bush of Florida for president confirms a borderline-tragic lack of imagination among establishment Republicans. Yet another Bush? Beyond being hopelessly royalist, a Bush-45 administration would disinter the “kinder/gentler” and “compassionate” strains of conservatism. Translation: One more heaping helping of low-sodium socialism — the Bush family’s signature dish.
Meanwhile, New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s Blunt Talk Express now looks more like the Blustermobile. Despite some spending restraint, the Garden State’s economy remains stuck in neutral.
An inadvertent mistake has revealed a conversation between the director of the far leftwing Center on Wisconsin Strategy at the University of Wisconsin Madison and a UW attorney about circumventing the intent of the state’s open records law. The conversation took place after Professor Joel Rogers hit “reply all” in an e-mail between a UW lawyer and several others responding to a Media Trackers’ records request.
Madison — In the largest leap in the country, Wisconsin has jumped out of the worst states for telling taxpayers how their money is spent and landed among the best, a new report shows.
After receiving an F last year in a national report, the state received an A-minus this year in the updated study from the state and national arms of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. In the five years the report has been produced, it is the best grade given to Wisconsin, which spends $15 billion in state and federal money a year.