From the AARP Blog: Three Big Wins for Retired People in New Budget Act

Three Big Wins for Retired People

in New Budget Act

People of retirement age and their families scored three significant victories in the budget act passed by Congress.

1. We preserved every cent of current Social Security recipients’ benefits. Millions of Social Security recipients were going to have their benefits automatically cut by 20 percent in 2016. That’s been stopped. No current recipient will lose a cent of Social Security benefits.

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2. We halted skyrocketing Medicare premiums. Millions of Medicare recipients were going to see their premiums climb by 52 percent. That’s now off the table and reduced by more than two-thirds.

3. We closed loopholes that endangered Social Security. A very small number of people — perhaps less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all Social Security recipients nationwide — took advantage of so-called file-and-suspend claiming strategies to increase their take. It was all perfectly legal but wasn’t doing anyone (other than the tiny fraction of recipients employing these strategies) any good. As a result, these loopholes — and the unnecessary drain on the Social Security system they created — have been closed.

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REPOST: CURMUDGUCATION…The High-Priced Death of Common Core


WSJ: The High-Priced Death of Common Core

Posted: 03 Nov 2015 05:48 AM PST

I’ve been saying this for a while,

but yesterday the Wall Street Journal put it out in the main stream media– the Common Core as a single unifying force

in US public education is dead.

The actual headline for Michael Rothfeld’s piece is “Financial Woes Plague Common-Core Rollout

.” But “plague” is a generous description of the situation Rothfeld describes.

Five years into the biggest transformation of U.S. public education in recent history, Common Core is far from common. Though 45 states initially adopted the shared academic standards in English and math, seven have since repealed or amended them. Among the remaining 38, big disparities remain in what and how students are taught, the materials and technology they use, the preparation of teachers and the tests they are given. A dozen more states are considering revising or abandoning Common Core.

In other words, the dream that Common Core would be the single educational vision of the entire country– that dream is dead. Dead dead deadity dead.