Two organizations that strongly oppose the Common Core State Standards for education have graded the 2016 Republican presidential candidates on their efforts to combat the standards. In a report card released Wednesday, two presidential candidates received failing grades, while only two candidates received grades of an "A minus."
The Pulse 2016, a project run by American Principles in Action and Cornerstone Policy Research, have evaluated 15 of the GOP candidates on how they have responded to concerns about Common Core raised by parents and teachers throughout the country.
As the federal government has incentivized the Common Core set of standards by requiring states to adopt the standards in order to receive some of the $4.35 billion in "Race to the Top" education funding, many parents, local school officials and education experts have argued that the Common Core standards are inferior and takes control over curriculum decisions away from local school boards and administrators, and into the hands of centralized bureaucracies and large companies. more >>
In what might be called an ink blot test on the national mood, a photo of a length of rope dangling from the celebrated Prayer Tower at Oral Roberts University was perceived by some as a hangman's noose and subsequently blew up on the Internet this week.
Though the painting company that tied the rope gave a plausible explanation, at press time, that photo had been viewed more than 635,000 times. It received more than 3,200 up-votes and more than 400 comments on popular social networking site Reddit.
Speculation on the image ranged from jokes that it "looks like someone isn't going to be paying back their student loans" — to genuine curiosity about "how exactly does a noose fit in with a painting rig," as a Reddit user named "Williamabridged" said the photo showed. more >>
An unofficial sequel to the hit 1981 film "Chariots of Fire," based on a screenplay co-authored by a Lutheran pastor, may soon hit theatres.
Titled "Absolute Surrender," the story follows the life of famed runner Eric Liddell after the 1924 Olympics as he becomes a missionary in China and eventually in a Japanese internment camp at the end of World War II.
Eric Eichinger, pastor at a Lutheran church in Florida and coauthor of the screenplay, told The Christian Post that the project is "in the development phase," and that they are presently in talks with Mark Joseph to produce the film. more >>
LeBron James wants to help at-risk young people in Akron, Ohio, by pledging to give college scholarships to kids in the University of Akron.
Having experienced how it is to be an at-risk child in Akron, LeBron James set out to use the blessings he received from his basketball profession to help the youth in Ohio have a chance to make their lives better. His foundation set up the "I Promise" program, together with the University of Akron, to create college scholarships for around 1,000 at-risk youth, according to NBC Sports.
On Thursday, James announced the program during an event at the Cedar Point Amusement Park. He expressed his happiness and excitement over what the program would be able to do for the recipients of the scholarship. more >>
Off the top of your head, who can you say ignites crusades in America where 90 percent of the attendees are under 18 and have never been saved by Jesus Christ?
I struggled to answer this question too when it was posed to me recently by a 24-year-old Hispanic pastor named Brian Barcelona. Barcelona knew the answer. Actually, Brian Barcelona is the answer.
Barcelona is the founder of One Voice, a Los Angeles-based ministry that seeks to bring the Gospel to local high school students by strengthening student Bible clubs. more >>
A student in Nevada who wanted to start a pro-life club at her school, but was denied the request, has filed a complaint against her school district.
Angelique Clark, a student at West Career and Technical Academy in the Clark County School District, had her complaint filed Thursday in district court.
"Clark … wishes to exercise her free speech rights, protected by federal and state law, to create a pro-life club in order to educate her fellow students on the issue of abortion and to offer hope and resources to help in the cases of crisis pregnancies," read the complaint. more >>