Brookings Institute Predicts Common Core Will Have Little To No Effect On Student Achievement

Brookings Institute Predicts Common Core Will Have Little To No Effect On Student Achievement

The Brookings Institute has become the latest organization to recognize the uselessness of the Common Core Standards in their recent Brown Center Report on American Education.  Below are a few highlights of the report. Predicting the Effect of the Common Core State Standards on Student Achievement:The Common Core will have little to no effect on […]

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National Education Standards–A Con Game?

National Education Standards–A Con Game?

Jim Stergios has a great column about the con game that is the Common Core Standards Initiative.  The following excerpt is particularly persuasive as most of the people who are writing the Common Core Standards have a record of failing to improve education in their own states… Given the very average and in some cases […]

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Busy Week For House Committees

Busy Week For House Committees

Fresh off spring break, Alabama legislators will jump right in with a committee meeting on the charter school bill(HB541) in House W&ME. The committee will also look at a proposed fix to the PACT program (HB603).  On Wednesday, the House Health Committee will have public hearings on the Healthcare Rights of Conscience Act (HB375), Healthcare […]

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On The Anniversary of Obamacare, Tell Congress: NO Partial Repeal!

On The Anniversary of Obamacare, Tell Congress: NO Partial Repeal!

Today marks the 2-year anniversary of the federal takeover of our health care system. A majority of Americans still oppose Obamacare and believe it must be repealed in its entirety.  Unfortunately, Congress hasn’t gotten the message.  The House of Representatives voted yesterday to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (a.k.a. the Obamacare Rationing Board).  This […]

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Prescription-Only Is NOT The Answer

Prescription-Only Is NOT The Answer

Legislation has been introduced in Alabama to make all pseudophedrine products available only by prescription.  The reason:  Criminals buy pseudophedrine-based cold medicines in bulk to make methamphetamine or “meth”.  Meth is a highly addictive, life-destroying drug that is rampant across the country.  Sand Mountain in particular is a popular spot for the manufacture of meth, […]

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This Week In The Alabama Legislature

This Week In The Alabama Legislature

Things are rolling along in the Alabama Legislature which is now into the fourth week of the 2012 session.  This week, the House passed a bill (HB243) to increase incentives used to lure the film and television production industry to Alabama.  The goal is to make Alabama more competitive with our neighboring states Georgia, Florida […]

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This Week In The Alabama Legislature

This Week In The Alabama Legislature

We’re entering the third week of the legislative session, and it looks to be a quiet week. The House will take up the texting while driving ban aka “TTYL” bill (HB2) sponsored by Rep. Jim McClendon, Rep. Mac McCutcheon’s legislation adding utility trucks and wreckers to the list of vehicles for which drivers are required […]

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Explaining the Debt Limit

Explaining the Debt Limit

We hear lots of talk about the debt limit and Congressional arguments over whether or not to raise it, but it is all kind of abstract.  This video makes a little easier to understand.

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A New Year, New Session, New Opportunities

A New Year, New Session, New Opportunities

Today marks the beginning of the 2012 session of the Alabama Legislature. A new session means opportunities and for Alabama, the opportunities are abundant.  Legislators will have the opportunity to pass meaningful education reform in the form of charter schools.  Basic principles of any market tell us that more competition leads to a higher quality […]

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Do We Need The Department of Education?

Do We Need The Department of Education?

Charles Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He received his B.A. in history at Harvard University and his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has written for numerous newspapers and journals, including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Weekly […]

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