Tag: President Bill Clinton

Friday Facts: August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012  It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  Correction: Two of the Quotes of Note in last week’s Friday Facts were incorrectly attributed to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. Our apologies; as Abraham Lincoln said, “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet!”  “I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.” – Abraham Lincoln  “Posterity – you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” – John Adams  “Under this republic the rewards… View Article
By Mike Klein There is this idea out there that the country has a tax code.   Actually, it has a tax obstacle course.  It is almost impossible to decipher the obstacle course with its many minefields and politicians constantly argue about how to “simplify” it.  That is why the annual dust-up between the Tax Foundation and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a fascinating spat. Each year the Foundation announces Tax Freedom Day – the date on which it says we have worked long enough to pay federal, state and local taxes.  This year the Foundation says freedom will arrive next Monday in Georgia and one week later nationally, on Monday, April 17.  Are you feeling better? The… View Article

Edelman Tells Educators United States “Is Going To Miss The Boat”

Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan were blunt about the failure of American education to prepare children for the brave new world when they addressed the National Charters School Conference Wednesday in Atlanta. “The United States is going to miss the boat to lead and compete in our globalizing world because we are not preparing a majority of our children for the future,” said Edelman.  “This is a disaster.  If children cannot read in this globalizing world they are being sentenced to social and economic death.  They are being sentenced to the prison pipeline.” “One of the most insidious things that happened in the country over the past couple decades is the dumbing… View Article

After Supreme Court Ruling: “How We Answer Will Define Us For Generations”

Georgia became the national battleground over charter public schools alternative authorization last month when the state Supreme Court ruled the three-year-old charter schools commission is unconstitutional.  So it was not surprising that there very pointed references to that decision Tuesday when the 2011 National Charters School Conference opened in Atlanta. “Fifteen thousand students have been left in limbo by a dreadful decision from the Georgia Supreme Court,” said National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President Peter Groff.  “How we answer will define us for generations.”  Groff invoked the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he called for a “next generation of high quality charter schools fueled by technology.” Moments earlier, and not entirely in jest, Georgia Charter Schools… View Article

Bill Clinton Tells Charter Educators: Put America Back in the Future Business

Former President Bill Clinton challenged charter school educators to “put our country back in the future business” during his keynote address Tuesday morning that opened the 2011 National Charter Schools Conference in Atlanta. “People look to you to keep America changing for the better,” Clinton said toward the end of his nearly 45-minute address. “Too many people have given up on us and it looks like a food fight half the time in Washington and across the country because we’ve forgotten that evidence, experience and the aspirations of everyday people tells us what works. “This is not about ideology.  It’s not about theology.  It’s about what we can do to give our kids a better tomorrow by putting our country… View Article

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