Jersey Jazzman Blog: Beating Up Schools With The College Remediation Club

These days, college remediation is the reformster 5 iron: the club they seem to want to pull out of the bag first.

Except this club is being used to beat up America’s K-12 school system — particularly suburban schools.

Read the thing yourself, then see if you wind up thinking the same things I did :-

When did we decide that the K-12 system was solely responsible for our current college remediation rates? 

Don’t the colleges themselves have some culpability here?

Why are they accepting so many students if those students aren’t up to their standards?

Read the rest of the blog post here: Jersey Jazzman: Beating Up Schools With The College Remediation Club

Who Would Jesus Pee With? | Sojourners

“It was a funny moment. Of course, in North Carolina, there would likely be some big dust-up over a person in a skirt using a urinal… Instead of being concerned about what’s in people’s hearts and in their stomachs, we’re fixated on what’s in their pants.”

Source: Who Would Jesus Pee With? | Sojourners

Trump’s Biggest Policy Flip-Flops 

Donald J. Trump has managed to avoid taking firm positions on many issues — and when he is forced to do so, he abandons them, fast. As he focuses his attention on appealing to a wider audience ahead of the general election, Trump is flipping his past positions faster than ever. Here are some examples: Donald Trump’s Biggest Policy Flip-Flops | Rolling Stone

Alzheimer’s News – This Should Be Front Page! | By David Perlmutter M.D.

Extensive literature that clearly associates diabetes with Alzheimer’s disease, both in terms of risk and now in terms of mechanism.

It’s a staggering statistic, but we are told that by the year 2050 as many as 16 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease. Projected costs, mostly dedicated to nursing homes and homecare, are estimated to exceed $1.1 trillion.

Research dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease is laser-focused on finding a cure. Unfortunately, our most well-respected institutions are coming up empty-handed despite the incredible dedication of monetary resources in this area.

With these ideas in mind, it is unfortunate, if not heart-wrenching, to consider the simple fact that there is a profound relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

– See more at: http://www.drperlmutter.com/alzheimers-news-front-page/#sthash.6PMqDUbC.dpuf

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Why Bernie Sanders Should Stay in the Race—and How He Can Win 

Would Hillary Clinton drop out if Sanders forced the matter by carrying his base in a third-party run for the presidency?

Would Democratic Party elites double down on their support for Clinton? Or would fear of a loss convince them to relent?

The question could hinge on whether elites really want to avoid a Trump presidency.

Read the full op-ed from Truthdig’s Patrick Walker and Kevin Zeese here:

Why Bernie Sanders Should Stay in the Race—and How He Can Win – Truthdig

Mackinac Center publishes sloppy report on school spending & student achievement, National Education Policy Center reports

BOULDER, CO (May 13, 2016) – A recent report from Michigan’s Mackinac Center asserts that there is little or no relationship between student achievement and marginal increases to what the report characterizes as the already “high” levels of spending in that state.

Yet, as explained in a review published today, the report clashes with existing research about the positive impact of funding nationally and in Michigan.

The report also never substantiates its assertion that Michigan’s present spending levels are high, on average, or uniformly high across all children, districts, or schools statewide.

Rutgers University professor Bruce Baker reviewed School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What’s the Relationship?  for the Think Twice Think Tank Review Project at the National Education Policy Center, housed at the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Education.

The report discounts a significant body of peer-reviewed research that specifically shows positive effects of previous Michigan school finance reforms, including positive effects on state assessments and educational attainment, concentrated on those students who had attended (pre-reform) the lowest funded schools or lower performing schools.

Additionally, Professor Baker notes, the report mistakenly contends that increased spending on schools as they presently exist would necessarily be inefficient and ineffective. This contention is undermined by the lack of evidence for more efficient alternatives and by existing research showing the value of resources such as increased teacher salaries and smaller class sizes. Both a recent major national study and a Michigan-specific study show funding increases as efficacious when allocated primarily toward these traditional investments.

Professor Baker concludes that the empirical analysis included in the report lacks depth and rigor when compared to four other quality studies—three of which were peer-reviewed—each of which find positive effects of prior school finance reforms in Michigan.

Find Bruce Baker’s review at:

http://nepc.colorado.edu/thinktank/school-spending

Find School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What’s the Relationship?, by Ben DeGrow and Edward C. Hoang, published by the Mackinac Center, at:

Click to access s2016-02.pdf

Source: Sloppy Report on School Spending and Student Achievement | National Education Policy Center

MI GOP continues ‘local control’ hypocrisy

Eclectablog has posted a new item, ‘Michigan GOP continues “local control”
hypocrisy, advance “super preemption” bill to prevent ALL local gun ordinances’,
at Eclectablog. You may view the latest post at
http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/05/michigan-gop-continues-local-control-hypocrisy-advance-super-preemption-bill-to-prevent-all-local-gun-ordinances.html