US has “unimpressive” showing on new international test results

This from “Views on the News” from Teachers College at Columbia University: “The United States made an unimpressive showing on a global comparison of academic achievement among 15-year olds, touching off a fresh round of self-criticism by education reformers, policymakers and pundits, who declared that the results of the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA)…

Analysis of teachers’ union contracts exposes Jefferson County’s contract flaws

A new report shows the Jefferson County Public Schools’ teachers’ union contract has many problems and is well behind current policy in more progressive school districts in Kentucky. According to the recently approved “Analysis of Collective Bargaining Agreements in Kentucky Districts,” Jefferson County’s union contract: • Is the most “cumbersome” • “Strongly dictates the process…

Virginia judge declares parts of health care fiasco unconstitutional

Today, in a landmark decision, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson struck down parts of the new federal health care law. Specifically, Hudson declared the mandate that all individuals buy health insurance unconstitutional. “This won’t be the final round,” remarked Virginia’s attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, who filed the case, “but today is a critical milestone in…

Quote of the day

‬‪”To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his…