This week we find ourselves applauding both Gov. Bill Haslam and President Barack Obama for education reform efforts. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was the brainchild of late Sen. Edward Kennedy and was embraced by the Bush Administration as a way to enforce high standards in education.
In reality, NCLB was a miserable failure, and we applaud Gov. Haslam for taking a leading role in demanding Tennessee have greater autonomy from federal bureaucrats.
And President Obama is right to stand up to the political force that is the teachers union and grants the NCLB waivers to the states.
A Gallup poll came out today that recorded trust for local government among the American people to be at a solid 68%, while trust of the federal government to handle problems remains moribund at 31%.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker heroically took on the status quo in his states public education system; with unionized collective bargaining agreements placing so many obstacles and restrictions to reforming a broken system Gov. Walker took action.
Tennesseans are proud of Gov. Walker, as we went shared the same experiences in our efforts to get Big Labor out of our classrooms and give more responsibility directly to our teachers, local school boards and parents, and away from union bosses.
Gov. Walker will be coming to Tennessee in October, and we want to give you the opportunity to show your support.
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We've always said the EPA's extra-legal attempt to rewrite the 1970 Clean Air Act to twist it into a greenhouse gas law -- cap-and-trade by other means -- would be a disaster. Up to now, EPA tried to claim it would only apply permitting requirements to large industrial facilities. Now it is finally telling the truth -- that applying the Clean Air Act as written will force permitting for even small commercial facilities, schools, hospitals, churches, restaurants that use natural gas as a cooking fuel, and even larger single family homes.
By signing off on a $41,250 raise for Superintendent Kriner Cash, the Memphis City Schools Board has demonstrated why taxpayers are fed up with government; and why conservatives will not sit idly by as education dollars are wasted.
For too long, liberals who advocate more-and-more tax dollars for schools have called conservatives cold-hearted and anti-child for wanting to limit the flow of cash in our public school system. AFP-Tennessee challenges these groups, such as TEA and other unions, to explain how any Superintendent deserves a raise of $41,250 on top of an already generous base salary of $275,000?
Our school systems spend way too much money, and not nearly enough makes its way into the classroom.
The school board argued that Superintendent Cash deserved the raise because he had not received a bonus in the last few years.
This is whats wrong with government.
By Phil Kerpen, AFP Vice President for Policy and published in the Daily Caller
Time after time, politicians believe they know best. Taxpayer-funded investments in green jobs have been repeatedly exposed as failures, but what F.A. Hayek called the fatal conceit the idea that central economic planners have the knowledge and wisdom to make decisions for us keeps a firm grip on Washington. Politicians seem intent on picking winners and losers, substituting their own political whim for legitimate consumer preferences, but fail to recognize the disastrous consequences.
Tell Congress to Oppose New Subsidies for Natural Gas Vehicles.