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Valedictorian Has His Mic Cut Off After Mentioning Religion In Commencement Speech

Valedictorian Has His Mic Cut Off After Mentioning Religion In Commencement Speech

A similar story about a valedictorian at a South Carolina high school ripping up his speech and delivering the Lord’s Prayer, in defiance of school policy, got a lot of reaction on the reader blogs. Today comes another story about a valedictorian in Texas who got his mic cut off after he diverged from his

To End Media Bias, Journalists Should Stop Pretending They're Objective

There are two ideals the media believes, according to Ross Douthat writing at the New York Times: One is an ideal of balance, nonpartisanship and near-perfect neutrality — distilled to its essence, perhaps, by the former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr.’s longstanding refusal to cast a vote, “so that I never make up my

SAB On Television: School Choice And Higher Ed

Chris Berg was kind enough to invite me on to his 6:30 POV program again last night opposite John Strand of the High Plains Reader. It was a fun discussion covering higher education issues and school choice bills. Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks Strand said my complaints about the anti-Catholic religious bigotry

Amendment To Appoint A Chancellor Gets Edge Over Elected Chancellor Coming Out Of Committee

Earlier this week Senator Joe Miller’s SCR4028, which would have created a board of regents consisting of the governor, the superintendent of public schools and the ag commissioner to oversee the university system, was voted down but not without members of the Senate expressing a desire for that sort of reform. Now there are two

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When Property Tax Relief Looks Like A 88% Spending Increase

Governor Jack Dalrymple testified before a joint meeting of House taxation and education committees today in support of his property tax relief bill, and from the details he provided his proposal sure looks a lot like a state take over of most K-12 education spending. Which is neither tax relief nor the “keep it local”

It's Time To Remove The Remnants Of Religious Bigotry From North Dakota's Constituiton

So-called “Blaine amendments” are changes made to state constitutions around the turn of the 19th – 20th century which prohibited public dollars being used for “sectarian” or religious schools. The amendments were born of the rampant anti-Catholic bigotry of the era – this wasn’t so long after the era of the Know Nothing party –

Democrat Legislator Jessica Haak Calls Republican Majority Leader A "Nazi"

Here was Rep. Jessica Haak’s (D-Jamestown) Twitter feed as of a few minutes ago: Earlier today, during the debate over Rep. Mark Dosch’s school choice bill, Rep. Haak was claiming on Twitter that Republicans were “bashing public schools.” That was demonstrably untrue, as anyone who watched the debate knows (video here), and I referenced Haak’s

Video: ND House Kills School Choice Bill

HB1466, introduced by Rep. Mark Dosch (listen to my interview with him here) was a school choice bill that would have allowed parents choosing a qualified public school to get 25% of their child’s share of public school funding sent by the state to the school of their choice. “It does not take away any

Baesler, Poolman Make A Weak Case For Early Childhood Education

President Barack Obama is making a push for universal preschool nationally, and here in North Dakota a couple of Republicans have a similar agenda. North Dakota Superintendent of Public Schools Kirsten Baesler and state Senator Nicole Poolman are calling for more funding for early childhood education. The state House stripped a $5 million appropriation for

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