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February 2015 Blog Posts (15)

Official Statement From Diane Douglas on HB2184

Arizona Department of Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Diane M. Douglas


Contact: Sally Stewart 602 542 5072

Superintendent Lauds Legislature for Reaching Consensus Agreement

(Phoenix, AZ – Feb. 25, 2015) – Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today praised the leaders of the state House and Senate for working with her to achieve a legislative solution that transfers…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 28, 2015 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Brown University Newspaper: ROTC=Criminal State Sponsored Killing

18 February 2015

(Editor: Brown University’s newspaper editorial featured a rant by anti-military activist Peter Makhlouf opposing a restart of ROTC on that storied Ivy League campus. Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the rest of the Ivies have a…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 19, 2015 at 9:12am — No Comments

"Writers Block" Is A Capitalist Plot?!

[Editor: This is Marxist-Critical Theory taken to the extreme. The whole purpose of this "Cultural Marxism" is to destroy society because they believe that without social and moral structure life on earth would be utopia. Now you can see how and why Marxists turn every place they control into a hell hole. "Deconstructing" or "Deconstructionism" is synonymous with "Critical Theory" ]…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 19, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

“50 Shades of Grey” Coming to a School Near You

By Bill Korach


“50 Shades of Grey” the runaway best seller on kinky sex was recently taught at a Pennsylvania Middle School this week. Emma Green in the Atlantic says this about 50 Shades of Grey:


“What’s not so conventional is their sex.…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 16, 2015 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Florida School Cracks Down on Student’s “God Bless America”

16 February 2015 The report Card

Editor: Two atheist students complained to the American Humanist Association (AHA) when a Yulee High School student making morning announcements closed with “God Bless America.” As a result, the spineless school district cracked down on the student citing “separation of church and state.” Another student who supported saying “God Bless America” correctly observed that the…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 16, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Dept Of Ed Firing Flap; Which Is The Righter Wrong?

Arizona Republic 2-13-15 Robert Robb Arizona Republic

In the firing flap, both Superintendent Diane Douglas and Gov. Doug Ducey overstepped their authority.

And, although Douglas was the one who backed down, Ducey actually made the more consequential political misstep.

Douglas fired two staff members of the state Board of Education. State statute says that they are employees of the Department of Education, which she runs. So, Douglas asserts the right to fire…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 14, 2015 at 8:59am — 4 Comments

Fewer than half of teachers now covered by unions

USA Today 2-10-15

For the first time since the rise of teachers unions in the 1980s, the percentage of USA teachers represented by unions in public and private schools has fallen below 50%, suggesting that the demographics of the teaching profession and the shift away from traditional schools are taking a toll on union membership.

In 2014, about 49% of teachers, or about 2.5 million, were covered by unions, down from 50% in 2013 and 53% just a decade ago, according to the…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 13, 2015 at 8:40am — No Comments

Douglas Recallers Assisted by Gov. Ducey?

Clair Van Steenwyk 2-12-15

As the research indicates, it appears Gov. Ducey and his staff are incorrect in their evaluation of the situation and actually should be supporting Supt. Douglas in her decisions to better operate the Dept. of Public Instruction. Douglas did exactly what the voters expected her to do when they elected her to the position. Now it appears that Ducey and the Elite GOP are attempting to assist in re-firing up the oppositions recall efforts against Supt.…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 12, 2015 at 11:05pm — 6 Comments

Governor Ducey Overturns Firings By Superintendent Douglas

ABC 15 2-12-15

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas issued a lengthy statement accusing Ducey of believing he is both governor and superintendent of schools. Douglas said Ducey is creating "a shadow faction of charter school operators and former state superintendents who support Common Core and moving funds from traditional public schools to charter schools."

Early in the day, Ducey said Douglas had no legal right to fire board executive director Christine…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 12, 2015 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Can Diane Douglas fire top staffers from the State Board of Ed? Yes she can!

Jennifer Reynolds 2-12-15 Arizonans Against Common Core

Common Core Fighters,

This is an article from our Common Core Fighter and teacher, Brad McQueen, who wrote "Cult of Common Core" and he believes Superintendent Douglas does have this authority and I have to agree!…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 12, 2015 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Douglas fires top staff at Arizona Board of Education

Jennifer Reynolds 2-11-15

This on makes me smile this evening. I've personally testified against Christine Thompson, the executive director of the State Board of Education, on previous bills and she has been a long supporter of Common Core. Write Diane Douglas a line and thank her for this latest action:

For our children,

-Jennifer Reynolds…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 11, 2015 at 11:43pm — 4 Comments

The Navy League and The Report Card Announce the 4th Annual Francesca Korach Battle of Midway Essay Contest

11 February 2015 the Report Card

Win the $1000.00 first prize and receive your award from Marine General John Kelly, Commander Southern Command at the Navy League’s Annual Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner at The World Golf…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 11, 2015 at 9:44am — No Comments

Diane Douglas Stands up for Parents and Schools and Pushes Back on Ridiculous Federal Regulations

Gilbert Watch 2-6-15

Sen. Debbie Lesko is sponsoring SB1267 stemming from an incident in which a fundraiser was told they could not sell snow cones after school unless they were allowed on a list of snacks approved…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 10, 2015 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Diane Douglas Saves School Fundraisers


“Foods sold at school fundraisers no longer have comply with federal smart snack requirements, eliminating what Arizona Schools Chief Diane Douglas calls “overreach of government.”



Added by Harry Mathews on February 10, 2015 at 8:35am — 2 Comments

AZMerit testing - Designed to Fail

Posted by Arizona Freedom Alliance on February 1, 2015

[Editor: This is from an exclusive interview with a teacher with long term experience in public and charter school environments and is currently a charter school owner. This is an assessment based on what is known, not necessarily an unbiased opinion.]

The K-6 testing of AzMerit will be in April with the sample tests being posted on the department of education’s website in mid-February. You can access 10 sample questions…


Added by Harry Mathews on February 2, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments

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