Some states’ tests say kids are fine; national tests say they’re not

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“Too many states are not leveling with students or parents. They’re being told students are proficient, but by external benchmarks they’re not prepared at all,” said Michael Cohen, the president of Achieve, the education reform group that conducted the survey released Thursday. Cohen added that improvements are expected with the new tests.  | Chuck Berman 2014 TNS FILE PHOTO

“Too many states are not leveling with students or parents. They’re being told students are proficient, but by external benchmarks they’re not prepared at all,” said Michael Cohen, the president of Achieve, the education reform group that conducted the survey released Thursday. Cohen added that improvements are expected with the new tests. | Chuck Berman 2014 TNS FILE PHOTO

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A report on student testing released Thursday finds big gaps in most states between the percentage of students shown to be proficient in reading and math on state tests and the much lower number found to be proficient on a national benchmark test.

Georgia, Texas and South Carolina and dozens of other states showed significant gaps between their state tests in the 2013-14 school year and the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress on tests of reading and math in fourth and eighth grades.

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Justice Kennedy Learns a New Word

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by Phyllis Schlafly, Founder & CEO of Eagle Forum, 05/05/15 –
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy learned and used a new word during the Supreme Court’s oral argument about Marriage. He said, “The word that keeps coming back to me in this case is millennia.”

He wasn’t talking about the new voting bloc of young people called the millennials. He was referring to the thousands of years in which the public has honored marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

“And suddenly,” as Justice Stephen G. Breyer said, “you want nine people outside the ballot box” to change that by judicial fiat. That sounds like somebody is seeking government by judicial supremacists instead of by “We the people” (as our Constitution says).

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TPPF Statement on Oklahoma

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CAROLINE ESPINOSA, 04/29/15-

AUSTIN –The Texas Public Policy Foundation today commended Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for issuing an executive order stating that Oklahoma will not file a State Implementation Plan (SIP) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulating carbon dioxide emission produced by Oklahoma power plants. Additionally, the order requests Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to take any necessary action to protect the state of Oklahoma and its citizens from federal actions that impinge on their rights and freedom. Texas Public Policy Foundation Fueling Freedom Project Director Doug Domenech issued the following statement on Gov. Fallin’s executive order:

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Judge: Why didn’t lawmakers address voter ID concerns?

 Travis County residents line up to vote at Austin's Highland Mall on Nov. 4, 2014. (Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune)by Jim Malewitz, The Texas Tribune

NEW ORLEANS (TEXAS TRIBUNE) 4/29/15

– A federal appellate judge on Tuesday questioned why the Texas Legislature had not addressed concerns that its four-year-old voter ID law discriminated against minority voters.

U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Catharina Haynes stopped short of rebuking state lawmakers while listening to attorneys spar over what are widely considered the nation’s strictest rules on the identification that voters must present at the polls. But she sounded perplexed that lawmakers had not made the law more palatable to critics as it winded through the federal court system.

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Global Warming in Hot Water

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by Mark Steyn, April 14, 2015

I know the (Aussie) ABC are a bunch of doctrinaire lefties for the most part, but I always enjoy my appearances thereon and Tony Jones is a not un-agreeable host, all things considered. Still, it’s sad to see them providing a platform for serial litigant and Clime Syndicate warmano Michael E Mann.

As you know, Mann is suing me for describing his famous scary “hockey stick” graph as “fraudulent”, which it is. The graph shows a straight-line “shaft” of the stick representing 900 years of stable global temperature, followed by a sharp upturned blade representing the 20th century temperature rocketing up and out the top right-hand corner. The “message” (which Mann and his colleagues were concerned not to “dilute” with any subtleties or qualifications) was simple: We’re all outta graph paper. This thing’s off the charts with nowhere to go but up through the ceiling at an unprecedented rate. Give us all your money or the planet’s gonna fry.

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Oregon Sheriffs testify, they will NOT enforce new gun-grabbing law! (Video)

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My friend, Michael Strickland, a conservative citizen journalist here in Oregon whose videos can be seen at Laughing at Liberals and whose writing can be seen at Gateway Pundit, captured some great testimony yesterday in Salem.

The State House of Representatives was debating Senate Bill 941, which in summary:

Outlaws private transfers of personal property, expands gun registry and police gun owner list, requires gun owners to ask permission from Oregon State Police before giving guns to others, forces every transfer to be subject to failed “background check” system.

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Parker County Conservatives hosts Allen West

Parker County Conservatives hosted Allen West at their first meeting. (Photo courtesy of Parker County Conservatives)

By Rosealee Hoffman, Parker County Daily Post, ALEDO (PCDP) 4/22/15 –

A new group of Parker County citizens has formed to promote the Republican platform and educate citizens about political involvement. Parker County Conservatives was conceived about a year ago and has a steering board of seven members, including Darrel and LeAnn Russell.

“There’s so many divides in the Republican party, so much animosity,” said Darrel Russell. “But Texas has a two party system. We need to find a way to bring Republicans together.”

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Allen West Coming to Parker County

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If you consider yourself a conservative, we encourage you to join us as we welcome Allen West to Parker County.

King discusses House tax cut plan

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Friends, I wanted to show you the tax cut plan that Texas House Republicans proposed last week. The plan’s focus is on job creation and overall economic expansion. Please read below, but if you would like more details see HB 31 & HB 32.

➢ The House tax cut plan provides the broadest benefits to taxpayers, delivering tax relief to big businesses and small business, homeowners and renters, and every single Texan across the state.

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Legislative Update – April 10th

There are only 50 days left in the 84th Legislative Session! It isn’t uncommon to see committees meet until well past midnight and debate on the House floor is getting longer. The Legislature is working hard and I know at the conclusion of the session you will be proud of the conservative victories achieved.

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