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March 2015 Blog Posts (20)

Watching a FARCE; Nominees for SBE

Watching Live Proceedings.
A TEACHER IS NOT A LAY PERSON FOR THE LAY-MEMBER FOR STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION!! STICK WITH THE STATE CONSTITUTION!! THEY ARE DOING EXACTLY WHAT THEY ASKED CHARLES SCHMIDT, if HE WOULD DO.

LIES

THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATORS ARE NOT ABIDING BY THE STATE CONSTITUTION. THIS IS A FARCE. WE HOPED FOR BETTER. We were PROMISED, BETTER!! DOUBLESPEAK. How utterly disappointing!

Added by Beth K. Hallgren on March 31, 2015 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

High schoolers sent to lobby for ‘IUD bill’ in Colorado

By   /   March 12, 2015  /  Watchdog Arena

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 30, 2015 at 6:05am — No Comments

F.D.R. Warned Us About Public Sector Unions

James Sherk 7-23-14 NYT

It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.”

That wasn’t Newt Gingrich, or Ron Paul, or Ronald Reagan talking. That was George Meany -- the former president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O -- in 1955. Government unions are unremarkable today, but the labor movement once thought the idea absurd.

Public sector unions insist on laws that serve their interests -- at the expense of the…
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Added by Harry Mathews on March 28, 2015 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Parents Have The Right To Opt Out Of AZMerit - Forward This Letter To Your School!

Common Core Fighters,



If you are being told by your school that you cannot "Opt Out of AzMERIT" based on the Attorney General's (AG) opinion (http://www.azed.gov/assessment/files/2014/12/ag-letter-re-parent-request-to-opt-out-of-azmerit_december-2014.pdf), you can forward these Supreme Court case examples…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 27, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Superintendent Douglas Announces Public Review of Arizona Arts Standards

Contact: Sally Stewart

                        Sally.Stewart@azed.gov

                        602-542-5072

 

 

(Phoenix, Ariz., March 27, 2015) – Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is seeking comment on draft versions of…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 27, 2015 at 8:18pm — 2 Comments

CORRECTION: Superintendent Douglas Travels to Washington, D.C. To Advocate for Funding, Flexibility, Arizona Standards

CORRECTION:

In a press release distributed Friday March 27 from the Arizona Department of Education, a statement was made that the Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas met with Sen. Patty Murphy while in Washington, D.C. At the last minute Sen. Murphy was called to the White House and the Superintendent and her colleagues at the Council of Chief Superintendents of Schools…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 27, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

East Valley Academy Opts Out Of AZMerit

3-27-15

A little Birdie told me:

Janet Ryan, principal of East Valley Academy, a K-6 public charter school, has advised me that she has "better things to do" than administer AZMerit! NONE of the parents of her 3rd – 6th graders wanted the test, and they have all signed the opt-out form (see below).

Letter of Assertion to Opt Out and Refuse the AZMerit Test

Dear Principal _____________________ and Superintendent_____________________,

I do not want my child,…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 27, 2015 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Public School: Never Have so Many Paid so Much to Achieve so Little

Daniel J. Mitchell | Mar 21, 2015

No other nation in the world spends as much on education as the United States.

According to our leftist friends, who…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 22, 2015 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Governor Doug Ducey Announces Appointments to the Arizona Board of Education

[Preface by Anita Christy: Jared Taylor, one of the 5 appointees, is strongly on record against Common Core.  He has strong Conservative values and I am happy to see he has been recommended for the board!  Remember, the Senate confirms the appointments.  Do you like who you see? Y / N?  Share your views with the Senate and our Governor.]


Office of the Arizona…
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Added by Harry Mathews on March 21, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

THE STONE New York Times Opinion Page
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Added by Harry Mathews on March 20, 2015 at 10:22am — No Comments

From A Ku Klux Klan Rally Or The 2015 White Privilege Conference?

photo by Eric Owens, Getty Images/William F. Campbell/The LIFE Images Collection

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 16th annual White Privilege Conference ended on Saturday not with a bang, but with a whimper. The overwhelmingly white group of participants quietly left the swanky hotel where they congregated for four exciting days of workshops, keynote speeches, “safe spaces” and lots of patronizing banter.

And now it’s time for a quiz.

Can you distinguish between workshops that were presented during the 2015 White Privilege Conference and seminars…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 17, 2015 at 10:39am — No Comments

WAIT! Look what the legislature did when we weren't looking!!!

Arizona Freedom Alliance 3-16-15

Patriots and Friends, Sad to say, but it looks like the legislature slipped one by us in the Budget. SB1469 / HB2671 as transmitted to the Governor and signed, made the SBE a new and separate agency and gave them not just 2 full time employees but grew it to 11 full time employees and $1,705,000 lump sum appropriation. While they stopped moving HB2184 with the Ward amendment making the SBE a separate agency they put it in the budget and expanded the…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 17, 2015 at 9:24am — 2 Comments

Superintendent Diane Douglas Supports Assessment Options for Arizona Schools

Arizona Department of Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane M. Douglas

                                                             

Contact: Sally Stewart

                        Sally.Stewart@azed.gov

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 17, 2015 at 8:28am — No Comments

Arizona Department of Education Announces Online Certification Portal

Arizona Department of Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane M. Douglas

                                      

Contact: Sally Stewart

            Sally.Stewart@azed.gov…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 17, 2015 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

Professors: US flag symbolizes racism, should not be displayed on campus

 Todd Starnes

By    Published March 11, 2015   FoxNews.com

A group of university professors has signed a letter showing their solidarity with students who tried to ban the American flag at the University of California, Irvine – because they said Old Glory…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 13, 2015 at 7:40am — No Comments

Which East Valley District Wastes the Most Money?

Dear Westie Connects,

I bet my district has something yours doesn't.

It has come to my attention Tempe Union High School District has a Sustainability Director.

Beat that in Gilbert Schools!

And I can't wait until TUHSD tries to justify an override.

Added by Peggy McClain on March 12, 2015 at 11:13pm — 3 Comments

Governor Ducey Budget Best In Decades

 

Gov. Doug Ducey and the budget hawks in the Arizona legislature have reached a budget deal! 

If passed, this budget would be the most fiscally responsible state budget we've seen in at least two decades.  If all goes well, the budget will move very quickly through the…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 4, 2015 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Half Of State Budget Goes To Education

Added by Harry Mathews on March 4, 2015 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Union-run charter school to close after ‘abysmal’ academic performance

EAG 3-2-15 

VICTOR SKINNER 



Victor is a communications specialist for EAG and joined in 2009. Previously, he was a newspaper journalist.



NEW YORK – It’s official: teachers union contracts…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 2, 2015 at 9:06pm — No Comments

HB2184 and the Arizona Constitution

EAN admin 3-1-15

     The makeup of the AZ Board Of Education (BOE) is laid out in the AZ constitution as, except for the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), appointed members who make policy and the SPI executes these policies. The SPI is sort of middle management with only one vote on a board of 11 members. Was it wise to set things up this way? That is certainly debatable. Based on my humble understanding of the situation, the SPI makes recommendations to the board but the…

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Added by Harry Mathews on March 1, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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