Posts Tagged ‘Education’

NoCoGazette – smarter readers better news from a Simpler Time

by Craig Masters While regular readers of the Northern Colorado Gazette don’t always agree with the opinion pieces, they always trust that the news is reported with minimum bias. We don’t have to report stories we might not like or want to give exposure. If an article is under our opinion column, it is more often […]

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Would Dr. King approve of liberal policies?

By Mike McCune —   “I Have A Dream” Led to Bad Legislation. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”–Martin Luther King Jr.   I believe if Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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FBI: Law enforcement no longer top priority

In what could be an ominous sign, the FBI has announced on their website that they are no longer focusing on law enforcement as their primary mission, but are instead joining the war on terror.   The change was noted by Foreign Policy, which shows a snapshot from the FBI’s fact sheet both before and […]

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LESS FUNDING + MORE MANDATES + EROSION OF LOCAL CONTROL = UNACCEPTABLE RESULTS

By Weld Commissioner Mike Freeman–   With regard to the formation of a 51st state, no issue is more important than education. A new state with new educational goals would provide our children with the schooling they deserve and a system that returns funds to classrooms and control to local school boards. In fact, the […]

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District 6 students to get new principals

Four schools in Greeley-Evans School District 6 will have new leaders for the 2013-14 school year.   Insoon Olson will take the reins of Northridge High School. Olson comes to District 6 from Silver Creek High School in Longmont, where she worked as the assistant principal for seven years. Olson is a long-time northern Colorado […]

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Sexuality indoctrination is headed for Colorado kindergardeners soon

by Craig Masters While the public’s eye was directed toward the debate over ‘gun control’ legislation in the Colorado senate, democrats introduced HB 13-1081 titled “Comprehensive Human Sexuality K-12 Education.” This exhaustive document is co-sponsored by Crisanta Duran (D, Dist 51) and Nancy Todd (D, Dist 28). It is officially opposed by the State Board […]

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Senate Education Committee kills bill allowing freedom of choice

by Craig Masters Democrats have again ruled in their best interest instead of the public’s. Thursday, February 7, the Senate Education Committee killed a bill introduced by Ft. Collins based Senator Vickie Marble (R) which would have reinstated Freedom of Choice to teachers to either join or not join the powerful teachers’ union. It has […]

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Do as I say and Not as I do, 7 year old Suspended for imaginary grenade

LOVELAND — A second grade student at Mary Blair Elementary here in Thompson School District, has been suspended for using his imagination and playing a game where he will “rescue the world” the with an imaginary grenade which is prohibited per their list of “absolutes.”   While the school has a zero tolerance for violations […]

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Who will speak for Greeley’s children?

by Craig Masters Mired in the muck at the bottom of the learning well, Greeley students continue to suffer while a truly inept superintendent fiddles on her golden fiddle. Why do the parents of district 6 students continue to accept the situation? There has been a lot of talk this week about protecting the children. […]

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District 6 plunges to “priority improvement” status under Lang’s leadership

by Peter Grady –   District 6 announced a shocking bit of news Monday evening when it was revealed that the educational program under Superintendent Ranelle Lang has resulted in the Greeley-Evans school district being dropped to one step from the bottom of the state accreditation list.   At Monday’s board meeting it was revealed […]

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Florida school board policy now lower expectations for blacks than whites

by Peter Grady –   The Florida State Board of Education is coming under fire after it passed a policy that officially declares they have lower academic expectations for black students over others.   Last week, the board passed a revised strategic plan regarding their educational goals for student achievement in the state’s schools. According […]

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Bond issue good deal for taxpayers

by Scott Rankin — Whenever I hear about a tax increase being proposed, I usually cringe.  My immediate reaction is that I already pay too much in taxes, especially to the federal government. After gaining my composure, I typically ask what the tax is for, and how much it is going to cost me. In […]

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Is Penn State threat connected to voter I.D. suit?

by Craig Masters If you are one of the many Americans afraid of “Chicago tactics” by the Obama administration, read no further. No one will blame you. The Justice Department under the direction of Eric Holder, himself held to be in contempt of Congress, has initiated a well-documented and systematic program of intimidating states which […]

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Bond issue District’s to lose, conservative leader says

by Jack Minor –   A local leader of a conservative group says while he agrees that John Evans Middle School needs to be torn down, if voters do not pass a bond issue this November school board officials will have no one to blame but themselves.   The District 6 board of Education will […]

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Education System Has Failed, Drastic Change Needed

by Mike McCune —   School Time is Near! I can tell because of the “Back-to-School” ads everywhere. All it means is another nine-month sentence to boredom for our kids because they crtainly don’t have any need to learn in the current system.   America bemoans the lack of educational progress. Every state teaches kids […]

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School Board member tells public – it’s none of their business

a commentary by Craig Masters Nancy Rumfelt stepped to the podium at the Wednesday meeting of the Thompson School District Board of Education and the standing room crowd of teachers was dead quiet. The main item on the agenda was the approval of the new contract with the Thompson Education Association and Rumfelt was there […]

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Thompson School Board needs to hear from Taxpayers Tonight!

By Craig Masters The following e-mail was distributed by the Loveland 9-12. It was titled, “Letter from Nancy Rumfelt regarding tonight’s meeting.” It is reprinted here to illustrate two very important points: 1) there are still people willing to step up and speak out against “closed door” meetings where taxpayers are forced to pay the […]

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National blood pressure education month

Staff Reports — Greeley – Across the world, many organizations are dedicating specific days of the year to the importance of Blood Pressure Education. Since 1984, May has been proclaimed as National Blood Pressure Education Month in the United States. The official motto of the blood pressure awareness initiative is “know your numbers”. More than […]

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Sen. takes on Obama over abstinence education

by Peter Grady —   While the Obama administration supports eugenicist founded Planned Parenthood, while eschewing abstinence education, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has introduced legislation to restore funding for abstinence programs. The Abstinence Education Reallocation Act mirrors HR 2874 which was introduced by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R) of Illinois last year. Valerie Huber, of […]

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Colorado Online Education Leaders Chart Way Forward

Staff Reports — DENVER—Colorado online education leaders have charted a way forward to pursue policies that expand students’ digital learning opportunities. The new Independence Institute publication, “The Future of Colorado Digital Learning: Crafting a Policy Roadmap for Reform,” highlights recommended changes in the areas of K-12 funding, testing and accountability, and student access and eligibility. […]

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No Child Left Behind 2001: is it simply being traded in for a newer model?

Do Greeley schools have cause to celebrate? By Craig Masters February 9, President Obama signed an executive order granting waivers for 10 states from complying with the federal law entitled the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. New Mexico, on the forefront of the immigration crisis, was the only state of the 11 being considered […]

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School Board “plans” for plans – not students – again!

By Craig Masters Flashback…Nov 12, 2007…Colorado Commissioner of Education, Dwight Jones, today announced that six school districts are being removed from the state’s list of districts on “academic watch” due to significant growth in student achievement. If a district fails to improve and get off the academic watch status it could face decertification and official […]

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‘Others’ will control Greeley school board

By Craig Masters To illustrate how much people in America want to avoid revealing more than necessary to their government, the 2010 census report for Greely’s population shows a population of ‘Others’ nearly twice as large as the combined total of all other non-white ethnic groups. This includes those persons identified as being a combination […]

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Westminster institute losing in the cash flow business?

By Craig Masters In 2007 a woman who had finally realized she had lost more than $19,000 to cash flow infomercial guru, Russ Dalbey, filed suit to try to recover her losses. The Colorado Attorney General joined the Federal Trade Commission investigating the Westminster company calling itself the Dalbey Education Institute. Four years after that […]

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Broughton, Elliott, Rankin, Pike – right choices for schools

 Greeley Gazette  Editorial Board  Greeley schools are not exemplary by any stretch of the imagination.  The current SB doesn’t admit even this. City leaders and local Realtors often hear from businesses and individuals that refuse to move to Greeley because our schools perform so poorly. The Co. Dept. of Ed.  just handed another indictment to […]

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Decision time for District 6

  By James Courant The current and future direction of our public schools has sparked much interest and not a little passion within our community in recent months. Now with the election of school board members fast approaching, voters have their choice of fourteen candidates vying for the four available director’s positions. The stark differences […]

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Republican candidates assail Dept. of Education

  by Jack Minor – Returning to a party position advocated by Ronald Reagan, the Republican candidates for president vowed to dismantle or greatly reduce the power of the Department of Education to control local schools. The position of the candidates has received scant media coverage, with most stories reporting on the sparring between Governors […]

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Government remedy for low CSAP scores: Just eliminate requirements

    by Jack Minor  — The federal government has proposed a remedy for the low CSAP scores in District 6, just eliminate the testing requirements. State CSAP scores were released last Wednesday. The results showed a 4 percent drop in three of the District high schools, Greeley West, Greeley Central and Northridge. Overall, scores […]

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De-Fund the Department of Education Before its Too Late

 I was doing background research for a completely different article when I happened to open the web site of the National Education Association. I was caught up reading one article after another. Suddenly I found myself writing this open letter about an email from Senator Bennet. The web site of the National Education Association is […]

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Critics say emphasis on student achievement forced Atlanta teachers to cheat on tests

  by Jack Minor While Greeley had a single instance of a teacher cheating on the CSAP, Atlanta has a far more widespread cheating problem; reportedly caused by a culture that is “run like the mob.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that a special investigation by the governor revealed that 178 educators, including 38 principals in three school […]

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DOW Insider: Mule Deer 101 Seminar (Plus some tips from Pappa)

by Mike Bauman The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be conducting a seminar on the basics of Mule Deer Hunting later this month (see press release at the end of this article.)  Whether you hunt with a .30-06 or a Canon (camera, not artillary piece) we thought it might be appropriate to add a few tips […]

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US Government: 82 percent of our schools failing

by Jack Minor   While  School District 6 focuses on budget cuts, another statistic has come out that may cause alarm. A government report says the vast majority of all public schools are failing.  U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, told the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in March that, under existing criteria, 82 […]

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Oops! NEA “discovered” they spent money on political expenditures

by Jack Minor   A complaint to the IRS claims the Colorado Education Association and other state affiliates of the National Education Association have used their tax exempt status to assist Democrat political campaigns.  In March, the Landmark Legal Foundation filed a formal complaint with the IRS seeking a full investigation into the NEA’s failure […]

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State to Consider School Testing Requirements

By Mike Bauman  Colorado lawmakers are considering offering legislation that would greatly reduce the amount of standardized testing conducted in public schools.  Colorado State Representative, Judith Solano of Brighton, has stated she will introduce legislation that would end all non-mandatory standardized testing.  Federal law requires students be tested in reading and math in grades three […]

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School district petitions legislature to opt out of common education standards

by Jack Minor   A Massachusetts school committee has petitioned their legislature to opt out of Federal education standards which most states have adopted in attempt to get federal funding during lean budget times.   The Tantasqua Regional School Committee, the equivalent of our local Board of Education, is working with their state legislature to […]

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