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Just this January, it was reported that figures crunched at the end of Mr. Obama’s turn as POTUS determined that one of his pet project, SIG – School Improvement Grants – with their heavy emphasis on School Turnaround, was a dismal failure after an influx of taxpayer funds to the tune of 7 BILLION dollars. Wait for it….


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Homeschooling Parents CAN - And Should - Run For Public Education Offices

In an almost unprecedented move in American today, Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, nominated a businessman who homeschooled his children, for New Hampshire Education Commissioner. In an unbelievable, though partisan victory, Frank Edelblut was confirmed to the position by the New Hampshire Executive Council today.
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We Have A New Education Secretary

For those of you who might have been living in a cave for the months since November, the Senate has confirmed controversial Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos.

So concerned were we here at ROPE – along with THOUSANDS of grassroots mom and dad education activists who have been fighting Common Core across the nation – that we wrote a letter to the President in November. You can read it here to follow our concerns.Read more »

Can Pot Save Education? No, But It Can Save Lives.

  So how will the campaign be framed, to legalize at least the pharmaceutical use of marijuana? It’s obviously far far safer than pharmaceutical opiates like morphine. It clearly has numerous byproducts which have proven to be beneficial to many suffering people. Many of the biproducts have absolutely no intoxicating or addicting properties.​  To this journalist, it’s not even a controversy. When my dad was in his […]

The Disease of Educational Statism: Betsy DeVos isn’t a cure - by all appearances, she’s a symptom

The definition of “statism” according to Merriam-Webster is

Concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry

Applying this definition to the state of education in America today is easily accomplished by changing a few words:

Concentration of education funding, control and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government, or moneyed individuals, often extending to government ownership of public education

I couldn’t help thinking about this concept as I read the recent (1/6/17) op-ed by Governor – and former Republican Presidential Nominee – Mitt Romney…

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A-F Grading - Exchanging One Educational Overreach for Another

Moving into 2017 it looks as though our Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will not attempt to find the “pro-local-control” the Education and Workforce Committee promised of the new ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act – the replacement for No Child Left Behind – in itself a replacement for the reauthorizations of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act by every preceding president).
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We Don't Need Your Corporatist Or Progressive Education - The MIDDLE'S Here To Play!

Joy Pullmann at the Federalist wrote a GREAT piece today on why Michelle Rhee should NOT be named as theSecretary of Education. I loved it so much, I’m doubling down on it.

No, neither Rhee nor anyone else of her ‘ilk’ should be appointed as head of DOE.

In case you don’t know – or are somehow new to education policy (or heck – just governance in the United States) – there is no middle ground. NONE. Yes, there is supposed to be a gradient of governance that tends to rest somewhere near the middle of the ideological spectrum (ideally) in EVERY area over our lives the government has usurped, yet – particularly in education – what you really have is this:

The Education Caucus Knows Not What they Do

By the Watchman 

  It didn’t take long to start talking about the State Budget after the election and we are glad that it is. We decided to report on this subject at this time based on this article here From Ken Miller: Oil and gas tax collections edge up in October gross receipts report. For the first time in eighteen months state revenues showed an increase. A very modest increase at best coming in at just over three percent (3.1%). It falls well short of being able to cover the projected $700 million dollar budget shortfall expected this year. Ladies and Gentlemen that comes to a total of right at $2 billion dollars of a shortfall in our budget over two years. A shortfall that we the citizens have to pay for. We ask the newly formed Education Caucus who they propose to sacrifice in order to give their fellow educators the pay raises they deserve and need. With reports of proposals of between $5,000 and $10,000 dollar increases and the serious shortage of funding we are interested in seeing their proposals.