Public Schools Are Failing…Could Complete Privatization Be The Answer?

Public Schools Are Failing…Could Complete Privatization Be The Answer?

David Warren argues that privatization is precisely the answer to our epidemic of failing schools.  He points out that the concept of public education has long been engrained in the minds of Americans, but it didn’t start out that way.  In fact, the Constitution says nothing about public education… In the case of education, we […]

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'Waiting For Superman' Not What We've Been Waiting For?

'Waiting For Superman' Not What We've Been Waiting For?

Neal McCluskey points out the producers of Waiting For Superman have their own agenda, beyond charter schools. Unfortunately, Waiting for “Superman” doesn’t just seem to want to make people wait for good schools by promoting charter schools and not full choice. On its “take action” website, it prominently promotes the very opposite of parent empowerment: Uniform, government-imposed, national standards for every […]

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Ethics Reform Should Be A Priority For Alabama Legislators

Ethics Reform Should Be A Priority For Alabama Legislators

Alabama’s ethics law was last updated in 1992.  Since then, we’ve had multiple legislators indicted, and reportedly one of the largest investigations into public corruption in the country. The BGA Integrity Index ranks Alabama 4th in the nation in terms of public corruption.  If ever there was a need for ethics reform, Alabama has it. […]

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Rolling Reserve Budget Act Key To Solving Alabama’s Problems With Education Funding

Rolling Reserve Budget Act Key To Solving Alabama’s Problems With Education Funding

For the past two legislative sessions, Rep. Greg Canfield (R-Vestavia) has introduced a budget reform measure entitled the Rolling Reserve Budget Act.  The proposal would cap education spending based on a rolling 15-year average growth rate.  The state currently bases the education budget on a projection of Education Trust Fund revenues.  Extreme revenue fluctuations make […]

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Entitlement Nation

Entitlement Nation

The Chicago Tribune has a good article today re: the growth in federal entitlement spending. The bad news: Reports The Wall Street Journal, “Nearly half of all Americans live in a household in which someone receives government benefits, more than at any time in history” (our emphasis). In 2008, that group encompassed 44.4 percent of […]

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Common Core Standards For Public Schools: A Bad Idea

Common Core Standards For Public Schools: A Bad Idea

by Phyllis Schlafly The No Child Left Behind Act, which allowed states to set their own public school standards for “proficiency,” is opposed and considered a failure by all factions in the education world. Therefore, we obviously should force all kids in every state to be held to uniform national standards of proficiency. Right? No; […]

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Insurance Premiums Rising As A Result of Obamacare

Insurance Premiums Rising As A Result of Obamacare

Yesterday, The Heritage Foundation published this piece about how Obamacare would simultaneously cause insurance premiums to rise and prevent companies from raising them. The Heritage article is extremely relevant given this piece from Monday’s Birmingham News: In filings with the Alabama Department of Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and VIVA Health reported they […]

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The Federal Takeover of Education

The Federal Takeover of Education

Great article in the American Thinker on national education standards and the Common Core Standards Initiative.  Thanks to State School Board Member Betty Peters for prompting the writing of this piece. The Federal Takeover of Education by Bill Costello Federal control over education has been growing since the 1960s despite the fact that the word education […]

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Dems Pull EPA Appropriations Bill Over Cap and Trade Resolution

Dems Pull EPA Appropriations Bill Over Cap and Trade Resolution

This flew a little under the radar, so in case anyone else missed it… Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee was set to vote on an amendment to the Interior-EPA Appropriations bill that would have imposed a one-year ban on global warming regulations.  The amendment would have defunded the EPA’s regulatory program on global warming. […]

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Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality: Government Takeover of the Internet What is Net Neutrality? We all know there are different types of content on the internet–emails, websites, photos, videos, etc.  Certain types of content (especially videos and very large files) take a lot more bandwidth than other types of content.  Think of the internet as a highway, and […]

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