AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Republican debate

AP.org By Robert Burns and Calvin Woodward 1/15/16 WASHINGTON (AP) — Did Ted Cruz mean to suggest he would have gone to war with Iran over its brief detention of U.S. sailors? Did Donald Trump forget that he proposed a massive tax on Chinese goods? And does Ben Carson really think Islamic State militants chill out with a cigar? In their rush to slam the Obama administration, play up their records and play down inconvenient realities, Republican presidential candidates served up some misshapen rhetoric in their latest presidential debate (on … Continue reading

Republican college instructor to challenge Ritz as state schools chief

(New info on Rick Perry is here and new page, “IN State Superintendent of Public Instruction” under “2016 Elections” has been added.) IndyStar.com By Chelsea Schneider 9/11/15 A college instructor from Fort Wayne announced on Friday she’s running for state superintendent of public instruction. Dawn Wooten is the first Republican to enter the race. Her candidacy comes as the GOP has struggled to find a challenger to run against Democratic state schools chief Glenda Ritz. Ritz chose to run for re-election in 2016 after briefly launching and then disbanding a … Continue reading

Here Are 21 Policy Highlights From the First 2016 Republican Debate

The Daily Signal By Melissa Quinn and Natalie Johnson, News Reporters 8/7/15 The 2016 primaries are in full momentum following months of build-up, officially kicking off on Thursday night in prime-time as the ten leading Republican candidates squared off for the first time. The 10 highest-polling candidates in the Republican 2016 presidential field took the stage tonight at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, for the first debate of the election. The candidates participating in the forum were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. … Continue reading

5 takeaways from Jeb’s big announcement

Bush brings a heavy helping of Latin flavor (and punctuation) to his debut.

By Eli Stokols and Marc Cupoto

MIAMI — When Jeb Bush finally took the stage after 40 minutes of warm-up speakers and musical acts — a prolonged windup that still pales in comparison to the 18 months of planning and plotting that led to Monday — what he said was no surprise, even if he sought to portray it that way.

“I have decided,” Bush said. “I am a candidate for president of the United States.”

His 30-minute announcement speech, a detailed and selective overview of his record that drew heavily on professional accomplishments and lighter on the personal, revealed how Bush plans to present himself to a conservative primary electorate that thinks he’s too soft and a country that’s tired of political dynasties trading the White House back and forth.

Here are five takeaways from Bush’s campaign launch…
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In crowded field, Bush runs as the grown-up candidate

While his brand of conservatism has fallen out of favor, Bush’s maturity and policy savvy have not. Politico.com By Eli Stokols 6/15/15 MIAMI — Jeb Bush isn’t a fresh face. The conservative base isn’t enamored of him. And his family name isn’t necessarily an asset. Yet when Bush climbs the stage at Miami Dade College on Monday to announce for president, there won’t be a radical makeover. It isn’t really an option. His months as a candidate-in-waiting — which have seen him lose his once-undisputed front-runner status and fade to … Continue reading

No profit left behind: In the high-stakes world of American education, Pearson makes money even when its results don’t measure up

“Ever since a federal commission published “A Nation at Risk” in 1983 — warning that public education was being eroded by “a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people” — American schools have been enveloped in a sense of crisis. Politicians have raced to tout one fix after the next: new tests, new standards, new classroom technology, new partnerships with the private sector.”

By Stephanie Simon

The British publishing giant Pearson had made few inroads in the United States — aside from distributing the TV game show “Family Feud” — when it announced plans in the summer of 2000 to spend $2.5 billion on an American testing company.

It turned out to be an exceptionally savvy move.

The next year, Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act, which mandated millions of new standardized tests for millions of kids in public schools. Pearson was in a prime position to capitalize.

From that perch, the company expanded rapidly, seizing on many subsequent reform trends, from online learning to the Common Core standards adopted in more than 40 states. The company has reaped the benefits: Half its $8 billion in annual global sales comes from its North American education division.

But Pearson’s dominance does not always serve U.S. students or taxpayers well…
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What’s in the $1.1 trillion spending bill?

(The Washington Post on 12/10/14 published “What’s in the spending bill? We skim it so you don’t have to,” as reported by Ed O’Keefe, and republished below.) This item has been updated and revised. The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late Tuesday will keep most of the federal government funded through next September — and it’s packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as “riders,” that will upset or excite Democrats, Republicans and various special interest groups. So, what’s in the bill? We’ve sifted through the legislation, consulted … Continue reading