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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Yesterday the Tennessee House votes 97 to 0 to pass HB 1035 , a bill that would replace the Common Core State Standards by the 2017-2018 school year. Here is the bill’s summary in full: AMENDMENT #1 rewrites this bill and requires the state board of education to implement a process whereby the set of standards known as the Common Core State Standards adopted in 2010 will be reviewed and replaced [...]

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If there was widespread support for opening public restroom and shower facilities to both genders, to accommodate the wishes of some transgender people, it would probably be in California, arguably the most progressive of all states. Yet there seems to be significant opposition to that concept in the state. Last year, approximately 620,000 California residents signed a petition to force a referendum on a 2013 state law that guarantees transgender students [...]

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LA CENTER, Wash. – La Center High School senior Ibrahim Ahmad thinks he’s “the bomb,” but school officials think his “promposal” is a dud. “In ‘promposals,’ you’re supposed to go big,” Ahmad told The Columbian . “It’s kind of the trending thing now, too, where everyone just asks in a really creative way.” Ahmad, who is Middle Eastern, thought it would be hilarious to strap a fake bomb to his chest and trot on [...]

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Education secretary Arne Duncan There was a time when Common Core supporters loudly insisted the program — adopted by no fewer than 46 states — was most assuredly not federal, that any allegation that this astounding national uniformity was the result of federal pressure was a nasty, vicious lie. The State Standards Initiative confidently declares as “myth” the assertions that “Common Core State Standards were adopted by states as part of the [federal] Race [...]

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  The Last Refuge Education Secretary Arnie Duncan is reminding parents in America “that all your children belong to them”. In a not-so-very veiled threat Secretary Duncan states the Federal Government will step in if parents continue to opt their children out of Common Core testing. (Via Doug ...
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New Bill Could Repeal Common Core In Tennessee

Christian Buzzerd, a teacher at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in Ellicott City, Md., conducts a language arts class on Oct. 15, 2013. (Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images) A newly-passed bill in Tennessee is being touted by some lawmakers as a repeal of Common Core education standards, but others insist it is simply a ruse that will keep them in place with a different name. Officially, House Bill 1035  ordains that Common Core be eliminated two years from now, [...]

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University investigates ‘Straight Pride Week’ posters

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University administrators didn’t take too kindly to a group of students not wanting to hear about everyone’s sexuality. The unidentified students distributed “Straight Pride Week” posters around campus that called for May 1st-8th to be a time to celebrate being straight. “Join us in celebrating straight pride week at YSU by not annoying the sh*t out of everyone about your sexual orientation!” the poster reads. “It’s easy to join [...]

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Prosecutor: Teacher IDed student sexually assaulted by colleague to intimidate her

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Three Pittsburgh high school teachers face criminal charges stemming from two alleged sex assaults on students at Plum Senior High School. Plum teacher Drew Zoldak was arrested at school Wednesday and charged with two counts of intimidating a witness after he allegedly outed a student who claims to have been sexually assaulted by his colleague, fellow Plum teacher Joseph Ruggieri, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Plum superintendent Timothy Glasspool told the news [...]

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Muslim student: Faith prevents me from paying student loan interest

SEATTLE – A Seattle college student recently wrote in to the “Get Out of Debt Experts” blog about how his conversion to Islam now prevents him from paying interest on about $65,000 in student loans. The site’s “Get Out of Debt Guy,” Steve Rhode, explained that ditching the interest on the debt is not only unlikely, it could lead to banishment from Heaven in the afterlife. Confused Seattle student Amir wrote that loans he [...]

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Campus cop blocks students from promoting conservative group

Students were told to get permission or possibly face charges of criminal trespassing. A campus police officer actively blocked students on a public university campus from speaking to their peers about a new conservative student organization last month. In videos obtained exclusively by Campus Reform , a University of Texas at Dallas campus police officer told multiple students to keep walking and blocked students from talking to two female UT-Dallas students who were promoting [...]

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Earth Day-themed condoms distributed on campuses nationwide

“When you’re feeling tender, think about the hellbender.” That’s what hundreds of college students nationwide will be thinking about when they receive free condoms featuring endangered animals on Earth Day. “When you’re feeling tender, think about the hellbender.”    According to a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity , an environmentalist non-profit, the free condoms, distributed by more than 500 volunteers, are meant to promote a solution to the “runaway human population [...]

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Islamic school bans running: Girls might lose their virginity

VICTORIA, Australia – A teacher at an Islamic school has penned a letter to education ministers, claiming the principal has banned girls from running on the cross-country team because it could harm their virginity. The former teacher at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, Victoria (Australia) says girls are being discriminated against by school administrators. “The principal holds beliefs that if females run excessively, they may ‘lose their virginity’,” the teacher’s letter reads, according to the Sydney [...]

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SNAP: Parent pulls gun in elementary school parking spot dispute

PARKER, Colo. – A Colorado man faces criminal charges after police allege he pointed a handgun at a man at Iron Horse Elementary School during a dispute about a parking spot. Police were called to the school around 3:25 p.m., shortly after two men got into a dispute over a parking spot and 31-year-old Wyatt Mayes pulled a handgun and pointed it at the other man before driving away, 9 News reports. The school [...]

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Cops: Philly first grader brought 14 baggies of heroin to school

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia first grader was hauled off by the Special Victims Unit after a little show and tell at William Cramp Elementary School Tuesday. Police contend a first-grade student brought in 14 small baggies of heroin and showed them to his classmates at lunch, two of whom told authorities, CBS Philly reports. Police said the child who brought the drugs to school got nervous and tossed them in the trash. “One of [...]

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