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New Christian School in Des Moines to Launch Next Fall
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Grand View Christian School held their first prayer meeting at Norwoodville Elementary where they will hold classes this fall.

A group of Grandview Park Baptist School alumni and parents concerned about the decline in enrollment at the preK-12 Christian school run by Grandview Park Baptist Church could lead to the school being unable to maintain a high level of excellence, proper management, and…

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SC is Out of Smarter Balanced, Superintendent’s Race Focused on Common Core

SC is Out of Smarter Balanced, Superintendent’s Race Focused on Common Core

This is a little anticlimactic, especially after reporting that the South Carolina Department of Education was taking steps to pull out of Smarter Balanced earlier this month.  I’m a little late to the party updating this story, but last week The Post and Courier reported that South Carolina Superintendent of Education informed the State Board of Education that they are pulling out.

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…so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 3:10-11, ESV

Monte Shaw’s First TV Ad Highlights Him as a Father, Fiscal Conservative

Iowa agriculture advocate Monte Shaw, candidate for the Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, has released his first television ad of his campaign for Congress, titled, “Eden”.

Study Finds Common Core State Standards Not Properly Validated

(Boston, MA) Five of the 29 members of the Common Core Validation Committee refused to sign a report attesting that the standards are research-based, rigorous and internationally benchmarked. 

Study Finds Common Core State Standards Not Properly Validated

(Boston, MA) Five of the 29 members of the Common Core Validation Committee refused to sign a report attesting that the standards are research-based, rigorous and internationally benchmarked. 

Opt-Out of Common Core Now for the 2014-2015 School Year

Opt-Out of Common Core Now for the 2014-2015 School Year

Parental rights to raise children to respect the parent’s traditions and values have been under attack from many fronts including the U.S. Department of Education. The implementation of Common Core Standards undermines parental rights to make educational decisions for their children.  Now is the time for parents to protest this intrusion by opting their child out of Common Core for the 2014-2015…

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Grassroots to WI Gov. Walker, Legislators: You Own Common Core
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Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)

45 grassroots leaders representing 42 organizations signed an open letter condemning the lack of action on the Common Core State Standards.  That was delivered to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and every member of the…

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Don’t Count Your Keynesian Chickens Yet, Mr Krugman

Don’t Count Your Keynesian Chickens Yet, Mr Krugman

Paul Krugman is at it again. In his latest column, “Sweden turns Japanese“, he argues that Sweden is, well, turning japanese, economically speaking – meaning we in Sweden are about to experience a lost decade of low-to-no growth. His case is based on our stubbornly high unemployment, plus our inflation rate which for the past two months (an eternity in Krugman’s world) has been below zero.…

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Wisconsin Grassroots Leaders to Elected Officials: You Now Own Common Core

An open letter that was signed by 45 grassroots leaders across the state representing 42 organizations was delivered to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and every member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and Wisconsin State Senate today.

Here is the text of the letter:

At the beginning of April, the Wisconsin State Legislature concluded its 2014 floor sessions. Yet, Common Core State Standards…

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The Hypocrisy Argument, Or Why Vietnam Doesn’t Matter

The Hypocrisy Argument, Or Why Vietnam Doesn’t Matter

Regular readers will know that I mostly write about economics and European politics. This post is an exception: Today, I would like to talk about foreign policy.

More specifically, I would like to discuss the validity of what I like to call the hypocrisy argument (I don’t know whether there is an official name, but I like this one): The argument that the US has no right to intervene militarily…

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Was Mark Jacobs’ Gaffe on Iraq & Iran Headline Material?

Was Mark Jacobs’ Gaffe on Iraq & Iran Headline Material?

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The Des Moines Register editorial board interviewed Republican U.S. Senate hopeful, Mark Jacobs, today.  Apparently when discussion foreign policy he made a gaffe and Jennifer Jacobs of The Des Moines Register reported “Iowa U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Jacobs mixes up Iraq, Iran.”

Mark Jacobs was asked by one of the editorial writers about how he would have viewed military intervention in Iraq and…

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Few Illinois Teachers Feel Completely Ready for Common Core

(Watchdog.org) Springfield, IL - Fewer than two in 10 teachers in Illinois say they’re completely ready for Common Core, despite Illinois being in its fourth year of the new learning standards.

Few Illinois Teachers Feel Completely Ready for Common Core

(Watchdog.org) Springfield, IL - Fewer than two in 10 teachers in Illinois say they’re completely ready for Common Core, despite Illinois being in its fourth year of the new learning standards.

A Disturbing Tale About Bruce Braley, Harry Reid and Texas Trial Lawyers

(Des Moines, IA) In response to today’s disturbing Des Moines Register story about the six-figure support the trial lawyers’ lobby funneled through Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC to try to prop up Bruce Braley, State Senator Joni Ernst’s campaign issued the following statement:

“As a sitting U.S. Congressman who cosponsored efforts to increase transparency in the political process and rallied…

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This Common Core Critic Is Still Charged Up

On April 14, American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess and Mike McShane charged me in a blog on National Review Online with not coming up with “next steps” to “repeal and replace” for states that want to restore academic integrity to their K-12 curriculum in English language arts and mathematics. I’m almost but not quite exhausted from all the next steps I’ve taken, especially in Indiana.

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In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
1 John 4:9, ESV