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Ron Paul Urges More Tax Breaks For Education

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, Shutting down the Department of Education and returning control of the education dollar to the American people is the key to improving education. The best way to put the people in charge of education is by shutting down all unconstitutional bureaucracies, repealing the Sixteenth Amendment, and ending the Federal Reserve’s money monopoly. Since Congress is unlikely to restore constitutional, limited government in the...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 232 of Randy Simmons’s 2011 Revised Edition of his and the late William Mitchell’s excellent 1994 volume, Beyond Politics: Creating government schools violates basic principles of economics.  First, it violates the notion of consumer sovereignty.  Parents are told where their children are to go to school, what the curriculum will be, how many days the child must attend school each year, and which holidays will be observed.  The unit of society patronized by government is...

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Shikha Dalmia got the outcome that she wanted in last Tuesday’s gubernatorial election in Virginia. From August 2016, here’s an excellent Forbes article, on creative destruction, by Chelsea Follett and my new Mercatus Center colleague Christine McDaniel.  A slice: What might be more surprising is that Americans are also better off economically in many ways than their grandparents. The real cost of living in America has declined for most material goods. The best way to measure the cost of...

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About 33% Of Students Drop Out Of College; Here’s How Many Go On To Default On Their Student Debt

Roughly 70% of America's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed high school seniors will go on to binge drink study at a 4-year college, but, to our complete shock, less than two-thirds of them will manage to graduate with a degree.  Even worse, 30% of the students will drop-out after just one year on campus. Not surprisingly, a survey conducted recently by LendEDU found that college dropouts still manage to rack up an average of nearly $14,000 worth of student debt during their brief college careers...

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White, Male Penn Students Called On Last In Some Classrooms

Authored by Nathan Rubbelke via TheCollegeFix.com, ‘Progressive stacking’ not new, not isolated to Penn... The backlash may be new, but the method is not. Controversy erupted recently after tweets from an Ivy League teaching assistant showed her admitting she only calls on white male students as a last resort. “I will always call on my black women students first. Other [people of color] get second tier priority. [White women] come next. And, if I have to, white men,” University of...

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Matt Taibbi Exposes The Great College Loan Swindle

Authored by Matt Taibbi via RollingStone.com, How universities, banks and the government turned student debt into America's next financial black hole... On a wind-swept, frigid night in February 2009, a 37-year-old schoolteacher named Scott Nailor parked his rusted '92 Toyota Tercel in the parking lot of a Fireside Inn in Auburn, Maine. He picked this spot to have a final reckoning with himself. He was going to end his life. Beaten down after more than a decade of struggle with student debt,...

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“It’s Okay To Be White” Signs Found At Maryland High School

The ‘Politically Incorrect’ thread on 4chan has done it again. “We are taking this seriously and are investigating this incident. Our research so far has indicated that this may be part of a concerted national campaign to foment racial and political tension in our school and community,” Johnson said. He also said, “I want you to know that Montgomery Blair is a very smart, diverse and inclusive community and we will not fall victim to attempts to divide us”. Posted on 4chan, the call...

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Russ Roberts’s latest EconTalk is with Mike Munger on an idea championed skillfully by my Mercatus Center colleague Adam Thierer: permissionless innovation. In my latest Pittsburgh Tribune-Review column I point to some long-established legal doctrine that is inconsistent with the claim that the government is the author of all law. My colleague Bryan Caplan is not impressed with government schooling. In this short video, Johan Norberg busts myths about monopolies. The U.S. sugar program...

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Kentucky Teachers Blast Pension Reform Plan; Warn That 401(k) Plans Will “Dismantle Public Education”

Graves County Superintendent Kim Dublin in Kentucky is apparently concerned that forcing her teachers to accept the same retirement plans offered to almost every private sector employee in the country would literally "dismantle public education" as we know it. Speaking to a local NBC affiliate in Kentucky, Dublin told reporters that she relies on the excessive generosity of Kentucky taxpayers to underwrite her state's lavish defined benefit plans that she uses as a recruiting tool to attract...

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Grade-Rigging Scandal Escalates: Baltimore Schools CEO Issue Memo In Response To Investigations

In recent times, we have covered a grade-rigging scandal in Baltimore, Maryland that is worth paying attention to. Baltimore City Schools could be on the verge of gaining national attention, as the prime example of America’s broken education system. Project Baltimore, an investigative reporting initiative, by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc, the largest U.S. broadcaster, has led the charge via lead investigator Chris Papst in uncovering evidence, which suggests Baltimore City school officials...

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