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DeVos Confirmed Teachers Unions Enraged

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By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

 

As everyone knows who has been following the hearings, Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate 51-50 with Vice President Pence voting with the Republicans to break the tie. Many of the confirmation hearings have been problematic as the Democrats have slow walked the confirmation process, but the hearing for The Secretary of Education was particularly vehement. The Democratic donor base relies strongly upon the Teachers unions who funnel millions of dollars to the Democrats to protect their power base and union jobs. Unfortunately, the Teachers Unions have done a very poor job educating American children, particularly those students in poor minority neighborhoods.

 

Betsy DeVos stands for school choice and school choice in the form of private school vouchers and charters schools have done what public school have failed to do and that is educate. Daniel Henninger writes in the Wall Street Journal why charters are so important in educating American children and the unions have fought against it with such fury:

 

The charter-school movement emerged first in Minnesota in 1991. Wisconsin passed the first school-choice legislation in 1989, authored by a Democratic black activist named Polly Williams. Some of us thought then that Polly Williams was the start of a new, bipartisan civil- rights movement. How naive we were.

The movement persisted. According to a 2016 study by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, using state databases, these are the percentages of students now enrolled in public

charters only: In now-famous Flint, Mich.: 53%. Kansas City: 40%; Philadelphia: 32%; the District of Columbia: 45%; Detroit: 53%.

In Louisiana, which essentially abandoned its failed central-administration model after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans charters are at 92%.
The steady migration of poor families to these alternatives is a historic saga of social transformation. It happened for two reasons: to escape public-school disorder and to give their kids a shot at learning.

This is one of greatest civil-rights stories since the mid-1960s. And the Democratic Party’s role in it? About zero. Other than, as in the past two weeks, resistance.
In 2002, the Supreme Court, with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor ’s deciding vote, ruled that Cleveland’s (still successful) school voucher program was constitutional.

In 2013, the Obama Justice Department sought an injunction against Louisiana’s voucher system, arguing the alternative schools were . . . too black. By this logic, children are wards of the state first and the free sons and daughters of their parents second.
Let’s be clear. We are talking about the professional Democratic Party and their full-time adjuncts. Many Democrats, some as “wealthy” as Betsy DeVos, abandoned the party’s hard- line resistance and supported charters and choice.

America’s inner cities are the foundation of the Democratic Party. Now, its urban political arm, the teachers unions, is shrinking. And its moral foundation of black parents is drifting away. Hillary Clinton explicitly promised more of the status quo. They didn’t turn out for her.
This relentless erosion of an unreformable party explains the rage over one woman, Betsy DeVos.

Some of the least attractive elements of this opposition reemerged, notably anti-Catholicism and anti-Christian bigotry. Stories cited as reason for opposition to Mrs. DeVos her support for “Christian schools.” It’s true. Those Christian and Catholic schools, supported by vouchers, have sent thousands of black and Hispanic kids on to college, the first in their families to make it that far.

Frederick Douglass, speaking in 1894 in Manassas, Va., said, “To deny education to any people is one of the greatest crimes against human nature.” That in 2016 this reality should be redefined in our politics as it was so clearly by the fight against Betsy DeVos is one for the history books.

 

With DeVos at the helm, American student hopefully see their learning and international standing improve. But don’t expect the Teacher’s unions to go quietly. They will fight reform to their last breath, and drag the Democrats with them.

 

 

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Dare To Think: An Educational Conference about Restoring American History

 

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By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

 

The Clay County School District and The Report Card are proud to present “Dare to Think” Conference on November 4th and 5th on restoring history and civics to its proper place in education. Learn how American exceptionalism and pride in America’s heritage of liberty are being returned to the classroom. The conference will take place at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park, FL.

 

Attendees will learn how public and charter schools will

  • Instill an appreciation of American Exceptionalism and the American dream
  • Learn how the study of history and writing skills enhance overall school performance
  • Drive an understanding of America’s place in the world
  • Develops excellent reading and writing skills
  • Offers business attendees an opportunity to participate in promoting an appreciation of the free markets and learn about proven charter schools, Great Hearts Academies
  • Offer a clear timetable and methodology for implementation
  • Demonstrate that knowledge of history and civics is essential to our common future

Speakers are Nationally Renown

 

Dr. Peter Wood, President National Association of Scholars

 

Paul Horton History Department, University of Chicago Laboratory School

 

Mr. Will Fitzhugh, Publisher of the Concord Review

 

Dr. Armand Alacby, Director of Trustee Programs, American Conference of Trustees and Alumni

 

Dr. Daniel Scoggin, Chief Executive Officer, Great Hearts Schools, Phoenix, AZ

 

Rev. Marty McCarthy, President of Cornerstone Educational Foundation will conduct a panel discussion on America’s Founding Values: “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Theodore Roosevelt

 

We are pleased to present our special dinner speaker former President James Monroe who will address the audience and take questions.

 

If you care about America’s Heritage in school, don’t miss this conference. Tickets are $125 and include 5 meals and dinner entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clay County School District and The Report Card Announce November Conference on America’s Historical Heritage

Charlie van Zant Clay County Florida Superintendent of Schools

Charlie van Zant Clay County Florida Superintendent of Schools

 

By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

 

 

Charlie van Zant, Superintendent of The Clay County Florida School District and Bill Korach, Publisher of The Report Card, announce Dare to Think a Conference on restoring history and civics to its proper place in education. If you are concerned that educational standards in our schools and textbooks have neglected America’s heritage, or perhaps even denigrated that heritage, then this conference is for you. Business owners concerned about the quality of the workforce will learn how American education can be world class again. Learn how American exceptionalism and pride in America’s heritage of liberty have been MIA from many classrooms, and learn about plans restore that heritage in our public and charter schools. Dare to Think will take place on November 4th, and 5th at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts in Orange Park, FL. Save the date and look for where to purchase tickets and other conference detail later this week.

 

Dare to Think is named for an essay John Adams wrote in 1765 contrasting the old feudal form of rule with growth of liberty in England and in her American colonies. He states that knowledge is the key to liberty: Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” Adams words about liberty are timely for today

 

Attendees will learn how public and charter schools will

  • Instill an appreciation of American Exceptionalism and the American dream
  • Engender an appreciation of historical benefits of the Free Markets in America
  • Drive an understanding of America’s place in the world
  • Develops excellent reading and writing skills
  • Offers business attendees an opportunity to participate in promoting history and learn about proven charter schools, Great Hearts Academies
  • Demonstrate the role of a liberal arts education in encouraging good citizenship and creates the knowledge of history and civics essential to our common future as by The Great Hearts Schools

 

Attendees will also get a clear perspective of the influence of radical leftist thinking and political correctness on textbooks and educational theory.

 

An outstanding roster of speakers have been selected for this special event:

 

8:00-9:00 A.M. Breakfast

 

9:00-10:00: History and The Free Markets: Why the Trend must be reversed

 

Dr. Peter Wood, National Association of Scholars

 

10:00-11:00

 

History with Great History Books Not Textbooks

 

Paul Horton History Department, University of Chicago Laboratory School

 

12:00-1:00 Lunch

 

1:00-2:00 Panel:  “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Theodore Roosevelt

 

America’s Judeo-Christian influence on law and ethics and it’s role in the classroom

Moderator: Marty McCarthy Cornerstone Educational Foundation

Will Fitzhugh Publisher of the Concord Review, Dr. William Saxton, Scott Dixon esq        .

 

2:00-2:30 Break

 

2:30-3:30 Do History and Writing Still Matter?

 

Mr. Will Fitzhugh, Publisher of the Concord Review

 

3:30-4:00 Panel Discussion, Raising the Bar and Rigor

Paul Horton, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Dr. Peter Wood, NAS, Will Fitzhugh, Publisher: The Concord Review

 

4:00-5:00 Losing our Collective Memory, Disappearing History in higher education and K-12

 

Dr. Armand Alacby, American Conference of Trustees and Alumni

 

Conclude Day One

 

5:00-5:30 Cocktails, Networking

 

5:30-7:00 Dinner

Special Dinner Entertainment: President James Monroe, Discusses History lessons and Liberty. Dennis Bigelow, the foremost interpreter of James Monroe in American presents a special one-act play and then takes audience questions.

 

 

Day 2 The Great Hearts Schools and Western Civilization

 

 

8:00 AM-9:00 AM Breakfast

 

9:00 AM-10:00 AM: Dr. Dan Scoggin CEO of Great Hearts Schools “The Role of a Classical Liberal Arts Education, Western Thought and Citizenship”

 

10-11:30 Breakout Groups and Next Steps

 

 

11:30-12:30: Lunch and Depart

 

 

 

 

 

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Parent Resource – “Rock of the Republic”

Rock of the Republic Textbook

America is a country whose laws and ethics have been deeply influenced by Judeo Christian principles. These facts are a matter of historical record. “Rock of the Republic” is designed to support individuals, teachers and students with a narrative and instruction regarding America’s Founders and understand the influence of the Judeo-Christian teaching on American Law and Ethics.

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