Monday, August 31, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
With educational reform and Common Core being top issues in the 2016 election, several GOP presidential candidates attended a summit in New Hampshire on Wednesday where they stressed different options for how they plan to improve the educational system across America.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
We know now that the state’s supposed dumping of Common Core educational standards is a politically motivated sham. Assistant Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington told the state Board of Education last week that a review of the standards is designed more to tweak than reconstruct. The special committee conducting the review will have little choice; it must complete its work in less than six months, not nearly enough time for a more thorough overhaul.
There is nothing wrong with periodically refining the state’s education standards; Common Core has been in place since 2010, and New Jersey typically reviews its academic principles every five years anyway. But the premise in this case is Gov. Chris Christie’s explanation that Common Core isn’t working because there isn’t enough buy-in from parents and teachers who don’t believe the standards are sufficiently local. That’s why he’s talking as if he’s scrapping Common Core and replacing it with a New Jersey-developed model, but it won’t be close to that. There will be some nips and tucks and a rebranding, with the same related standardized testing that has been the focus of so much of the opposition.
That won’t generate more buy-in.
Christie is merely appeasing right-wingers who perceive federal intervention in the Common Core national standards that each state can choose to adopt (with incentives encouraging adoption). But Christie was a past supporter of Common Core, and he won’t entirely back away from an initiative that is promoted as raising the academic bar.
So Common Core will be refined and renamed. That’s not by itself anything to fear. The problem for critics of the standards is that this modest review process will likely be the last meaningful reconsideration for years to come in New Jersey. After this, we’ll be stuck with the rebranded Common Core, and the controversial PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests that administration officials continue to support.
We can also expect officials to declare any deficiencies largely fixed after the review, which raises the likelihood that the state will quickly and recklessly raise the stakes of the PARCC scores. Those stakes had been wisely curtailed by Christie himself, cutting the impact on teacher evaluations from 30 percent to 10 percent in the past school year. That percentage is set to grow to 20 percent in the coming year and back to 30 percent the year after that. Many individual school districts have also minimized the influence of PARCC scores, but so far the Legislature has yet to deliver on similar statewide action.
So watch carefully how the state discusses the first year’s worth of PARCC scores. If used strictly to help identify individual student weaknesses, those results can have value. But there will be no comparable data to draw any meaningful conclusions. Christie, however, has relentlessly attacked teachers and the quality of public education since he first campaigned for governor. He still has a point to “prove” and may use those PARCC scores to try to do it. If he or administration officials try to portray results as somehow exposing failing schools, it will be wildly irresponsible.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
If you were a tree, what kind of a tree would you be? I’d be a weeping willow because… sigh. More important question about personifying inanimate objects: If the 15 or so Republican presidential candidates were conservative news websites, which ones would they be?
Let’s attempt to answer that question because it’s Monday and we’re all in for a long 497 days until Election Day 2016.
Note: We’d make a companion piece for the Democrats and liberal news sites, but there are only four options. So here goes: Hillary Clinton is the Huffington Post; Bernie Sanders would be Democracy Now!; Martin O’Malley would be ThinkProgress; and Lincoln Chafee would be… oh man, is there even a site out there that would fit the profile?
And now the Republican field (yes, some haven’t announced yet)…
Donald Trump – Breitbart
Think of the most common words used to describe Donald Trump: “Blowhard,” “obnoxious,” “clownish,” “troll,” “windbag,” “xenophobic.” Sounds exactly like the preponderance of material coming out of Breitbart, right? (It also doesn’t hurt that Trump’s unofficial stenographer is the site’s most prized reporter.)
Marco Rubio – IJReview
Ted Cruz – The Right Scoop
Lindsey Graham – Washington Free Beacon
Mike Huckabee – NewsBusters
Scott Walker – NRO
Slightly wonkier than the rest, slightly more buttoned-up, classically conservative in the William F. Buckley tradition, and definitely opposed to unions.
Rick Santorum – TheBlaze
TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck once described former Sen. Rick Santorum as “the next George Washington,” and while it’s not a perfect fit, both the site and the candidate have an obvious appeal to “Real American” religious conservatives who homeschool their children and are terrified of the coming apocalypse.
Bobby Jindal – The Daily Signal
Because he got in the race way too late and no one really cares.
Jeb Bush – The Weekly Standard
Because anything with the name “Bush” or “Cheney” would get the thumbs up from Bill Kristol & Co.
George Pataki – Power Line
Think of it this way: Years ago, Power Line had its time in the conservative spotlight when it broke the scandal that ended Dan Rather‘s CBS News career. Now, though? No one cares.
Ben Carson – WorldNetDaily
Carly Fiorina – The Daily Caller
Chris Christie – Wall Street Journal
Well-moneyed, at one time considered the mainstream, and decidedly east coast when it comes to politics. Also because Jeb Bush was already taken.
Rand Paul – The Federalist
Just like Sen. Paul, conservative website The Federalist has “a viewpoint that rejects the assumptions of the media establishment” and will sometimes surprise you by seeking to engage ideological opponents.
Rick Perry – RedState
Saturday, June 27, 2015
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) now has a website to tout his 2016 presidential campaign.
Christie’s political operatives launched www.chrischristie.com on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.
The site’s landing page reveals Christie’s slogan of “telling it like it is.”
It also says the site was paid for by “Chris Christie for President, Inc.”
Christie began promoting the new site on Twitter on Saturday morning. His first tweet shows the site’s banner with a gif revealing the webpage’s address word-by-word.
“Hey America, it’s Chris,” he said in his second tweet, again listing the site’s address and hashtagging his new campaign slogan.
Christie is widely expected to formally launch his 2016 Oval Office bid Tuesday in Livingston, N.J.
He reportedly plans on giving his announcement speech at Livingston High School, his alma mater.
Christie is potentially the GOP’s 14th White House competitor next election cycle should he enter the presidential race next week.
He has seen his political standing diminish following negativity towards his role in lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013.
Christie has repeatedly denied a role in the move, which accusers say was made to exact political revenge on his rivals.
He currently places ninth nationally in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls of next year’s GOP White House hopefuls.
That ranking is critical, since early GOP presidential debates will separate the top ten candidates from the rest of the field.
Christie is planning a New Hampshire town hall after his 2016 entrance Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Not only is Obamacare a “train wreck,” N.J. Gov. Chris Christie says, but it’s a train wreck that even a newbie politico could have predicted.
“This is a disaster, and it was a train wreck that anybody who’s managed anything, ever, in their lives could’ve seen coming,” Mr. Christie said to New Jersey 101.5 FM.
But he was just getting warmed up.
Politico reported he went on: “This is just an awful law. It made no sense and that’s why I didn’t get into a state exchange. And no, I have absolutely no regrets. In fact, I’m really glad that the train wreck’s not mine. It’s [President Obama’s,]” and Mr. Obama is now “scrambling.”
He’s up the creek without a paddle on promises that Americans could keep their insurance plans if they wanted.
“This entire Obamacare program is a failure,” Mr. Christie said in the Politico report. “It’s a failure and people are seeing it starkly and clearly right now and the president is scrambling. He should’ve just told people the truth from the beginning, but you know what if he had — they wouldn’t have passed it. Not even Democrats would’ve passed this.”
Mr. Christie, the newly minted chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is a much-touted possible GOP nominee for president in 2016. He’s been a moderate conservative on many policies, such as climate change — and a vocal supporter of the president during the Superstorm Sandy devastation that hit New Jersey.
Via: Washington Times
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., believes Gov. Chris Christie might have a problem if he runs for president in 2016 because the New Jersey Republican supported an expansion of Medicaid in his state.
Paul said Christie's Medicaid decision was more in line with the Democratic Party than with a moderate Republican.
"That's not really even close to the center of the Republican Party," Paul said on Fox News. "It's more close to what Democrat governors did."
There is plenty of room for moderates in the Republican Party, the Kentucky senator said, but he expects them to have difficulties in the presidential primaries.
"Accepting Obamacare, and expanding it, bringing it to your state, I don't think that is going to resonate in the Republican primary. We're pretty conservative in the Republican primary." Paul said. "So, we'll see."
A number of Republican governors have supported the Medicaid expansion included in Obamacare. Among them are Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, Rick Scott of Florida, John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Jan Brewer of Arizona.
Via: Washington Examiner
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