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Kids are being bombarded with online ads (sometimes graphic)––in school. Time to STOP online ads to students?

Disclosure: I am one of many grandparents, parents, etc. who see technology as a threat to our children. I would rather my grandchildren physically read literature, book in hand and do their school and homework in a black and white composition notebook or loose-leaf binder.  On a personal note, ...
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Fox News Rebukes Sean Hannity & Jeanine Pirro

  Fox News announced Monday that Sean Hannity would not be campaigning for Donald Trump at the rally in Missouri but, rather, would only cover it for Fox News. Hannity tweeted along the same lines Monday. “To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the president,” ...
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Nanny State of the Week: City fines residents for chipped paint, mismatched curtains

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Watchdog.org/Franklin Center by Eric Boehm If we were inclined to give out such an award, Pagedale, Missouri, would be a leading contender for Nanny State of the Year. In this suburb of St. Louis, residents have been ticketed and fined by the town’s police force for violations that don’t ...
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These Two Tweets Say it All about #ESEA Re-authorization: #AffordableHealthCare Tactics?

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effrem tweet What’s the reality about the #ESEA re-authorization being an open process? From an activist opposed to this bill and trying to discover exactly what’s in it (sent 11.18.15): I am disgusted with the way the esea reauthorization process is being abused and the lack of access to the document that is under consideration. To begin, members of the conference committee only received the language last night in a cardboard box. It is [...]

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1.5 million current and former student SSNs at risk says MO Auditor

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Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 10.53.46 PM A recently released cyber audit of DESE’s student data system (MOSIS) revealed several weaknesses that MO State Auditor Galloway said placed 1.5 million current and former students’ personal information, such as social security numbers, at cyber risk. The report noted that the state has “no business reason” for collecting social security numbers. Galloway takes a strong position on data security. In a statement to KCUR she said, “We [...]

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Superintendent Telling Tales Out of School

Superintendent Telling Tales Out of School
.  Isn’t is odd how desperately DESE wants all students to take the SBAC test, especially since SBAC itself has admitted it has no external validity, a judge has ruled that it was created by an illegal interstate compact and very few districts even now how the infrastructure in ...
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With Education Legislation- Caveat Emptor

With Education Legislation- Caveat Emptor
Caveat Emptor is a slogan for the free fully actualized man who pursues knowledge and takes responsibility for the consequences of his choices.  There is an enormous world of merchandise available to you, but it is your responsibility to know what you are buying and then be willing to ...
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Court Upholds Parent’s First Amendment Rights in School Board Metting

 . Several months ago a parent in New Hampshire was arrested for “exceeding his two minute comment period” when he spoke at a school board meeting in Gilford to draw their attention to some questionable material his high schooler was required to read. The honors  class had been assigned ...
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