WASHINGTON — Education experts argued that the Common Core educational standards prove the major obstacle to school choice, a program that could revolutionize K-12 education across the United States, giving parents the best options and giving a hand up to the poor and disabled.
"Now I am going to show you a mythical creature on par with the unicorn and the jackalope — a government program with 100 percent satisfaction," declared Jason Bedrick, a policy analyst for The Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom. Bedrick discussed Arizona's Education Savings Accounts (ESA) program, which gives a specific amount of state money to parents for them to use with a variety of educational options. He said such complete satisfaction for a government program is unheard of.
Tim Keller, executive director of the Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter, told the stories of four families whose children benefited from the program. Lexie Weck, for instance, has cerebral palsy, mild mental retardation, and Autism. After the public school refused to send her to a private program, her mother Andrea was able to afford it under the ESA program. "This year, Lexie went rock climbing, she is learning to ride a horse, and she danced with her mom at her mom's wedding," Keller explained. more >>
Japanese researchers have been able to create stem cells useful for regenerative medicine for research by exposing mature cells to an acidic bath. The discovery means stem cells can be produced not only easily but also without destroying embryos.
In research published by Nature on Thursday, researchers Haruko Obokata et al. found a way to create stem cells that are "pluripotent," which means they can be modified into other types of cells.
This is a trait commonly found in embryonic stem cells, which unlike adult stem cells have a strong ethics debate surrounding their usage. more >>
Erick Muñoz, husband of the pregnant Texas woman who was recently taken off life support, said in a recent interview that he wishes ultimately God had taken his life instead of his wife's.
Muñoz has been embroiled in a weeks-long legal battle over his wife after a Texas hospital refused to take her off life support due to her pregnancy, even though Muñoz argued his wife had verbally communicated that she would want to be taken off life support if ever such an event took place.
"Many a night, I asked God to take me instead," Muñoz told CNN's "AC360" on Wednesday in his first national television interview since winning a court ruling to have his wife, Marlise Muñoz, disconnected from life support. "But you can't turn off that knowledge, that you know how bad it was. … And I promised her, I told her I will honor her wishes." more >>
A federal appeals court has allowed to let stand an earlier decision upholding the legality of a recently passed California law banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that California's Senate Bill 1172 does not infringe on the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs.
The en banc Ninth Circuit denied the rehearing, arguing that SB 1172 "does not violate the free speech rights of practitioners or minor patients, is neither vague nor overbroad, and does not violate parents' fundamental rights." more >>
A leader of a pro-Israel organization has expressed disapproval of President Barack Obama's statements at his State of the Union regarding the veto of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Christians United for Israel provided The Christian Post with comments from CUFI Exectuvie Director David Brog.
"I'm saddened that the president has declared his intention to oppose the will of a majority of the Senate and the House on Iran. His policy towards Iran isn't working and won't work," said Brog. more >>
Thieves who stole a reliquary containing blood from Pope John Paul II are being asked by an Italian Roman Catholic Church official to return the item.
Archbishop Giuseppe Petrocchi of L'Aquila stated in a letter sent out earlier this week asking whoever was responsible for stealing the gold container with blood to "give it back."