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December 17, 2017
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO
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Tags: Christianity
December 15, 2017
Barry Jackson on "Teaching to the Test"

Barry Jackson, who tutors children in the East Valley, sent the following letter to Betsy Devos, United States Secretary of Education. 

Dear Secretary DeVos:

For several months I have been tutoring a student whose school seems to spend an inordinate amount of time preparing students for standardized tests. First it was two days "reviewing" for a Galileo test. Now she says "we are not doing anything" but preparing for another standardized test, and this is taking several days. Along with "fall break"(two weeks) and "early release" Wednesdays, it is at least even money that she is learning more from me in one hour than she receives in a week in school.

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Tags: Common Core, Education, High Stakes Testing
December 15, 2017
High Stakes Testing - Expensive, Wasteful, Ineffective Child Abuse

Hopefully, you read the letter that educational tutor Barry Jackson sent to Betsy DeVos.  In it you can see the damage that is being done to our children by the Arizona State Board of Education when they, along with then Gov. Jan Brewer and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, in 2010, brought the Common Core Machine to Arizona.  They did this in hopes of "winning" millions of dollars from our federal government via Race to the Top.  

Since that time, Common Core has been rebranded, twice.  Further, the pro-Common Core State Board has ensured that the damage continues.  These people consider themselves "experts," a term that is being met with cynicism by a growing number of critically thinking people. 

"Board member Jared Taylor, who has been consistent in his opposition to Common Core, was the lone “no” vote.

“The bottom line is that I am very disappointed that we kicked the parents to the curb and ignored the will of the voters when they elected Diane Douglas. Yet she led the way today; we just renewed Common Core,” stated Taylor.  Arizona State Board Of Education Approves Rebrand Of Common Core Standards

If you have any doubts about the negative effects of High Stakes Testing, there are many others who agree with Barry Jackson.  They also say it is counter-productive, expensive, wasteful, and it is also child abuse.   

As you read some of the comments below from the real experts, both local and national,--there are thousands more that I have not quoted--please recall that the Arizona State Board of Education voted in April 2017, to make 90% of a school's A-F grade dependent on how well their students scored on the High Stakes test, AZMerit.   

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, Education, Educational Malpractice, High Stakes Testing, State Board of Education
December 15, 2017
Barry Jackson's Vote for "Best TV Ad of the Holiday Season"!

Lincoln's ad titled "Olivia's Wish List." The music in this video is Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1: VII. Waltz No. 2 composed by Dmitri Shostakovich and performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra*.  Enjoy! 

*See below to enjoy André Rieu performing Shostakovich' "The Second Waltz" live in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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Tags: Christianity
October 31, 2017
Claims About Frank Riggs' "Environmental Record" Are Flatly Wrong and Very Misleading

At a recent Legislative District meeting, an opponent of Frank Riggs, who is also running for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, asserted that two bills co-sponsored by former Congressman Riggs "...crippled the logging industry" and "crippled the fishing industry."  The fact is that Congressman Riggs did exactly the opposite!  His bills helped those industries!  He was one of the strongest supporters in Congress of the resource-based industries and private property rights.  Because of his opposition to the extreme environmental movement, eco-terrorists targeted Riggs and even rampaged through his office vandalizing it and dragging in a tree stump and chaining themselves to it.

Here is the Truth, as stated by Candidate Riggs: 

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Tags: Education, Schools, Frank Riggs, State Board of Education
October 20, 2017
President Trump's 2017 Winning List!

THIS IS WHAT WINNING LOOKS LIKE!!!
Thank You President Trump

(Compiled by Sandi Bartlett as of 10/18/2017, stats change often)

Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch
Opened 1st  new coal mine in decades 
Travel ban reinstated by Supreme Court  
Selling American energy to Poland
Withdrew from TPP
Won 4 out of 4 Special Elections

Fired James Comey
Ended “Catch and release” program
Border crossings down over 70%- lowest in 17 years
Crack down on Sanctuary Cities
Consumer confidence at 16 yr high
$4 Trillion of new wealth in stock market

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