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Public Education

Much of what passes for journalism in Oregon amounts to little more than reproductions of various press releases. This is especially true of the teacher unions, who find a natural partnership with the one-sided legacy media.

We will feature the best informed education experts in Oregon, discussing real school choice, budgetary impact on taxpayers and how to provide quality education efficiently to all of Oregon’s children.

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  • Op-ed by Chris Korsmo, CEO League of Education Voters May 1, 2015
    To Members of the Washington State Legislature, Thank you for your hard work and commitment to ensuring a high-quality public education for each Washington student, from early learning through higher education. The Legislature is poised to pass the most comprehensive education budget in the history of the state that has the potential to increase opportunities […]
  • May Day Events Planned Friday in Tacoma, Seattle, Across State May 1, 2015
    The tradition of celebrating International Workers’ Day on May 1 started in 1886 after the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when workers and police were killed amid the struggle for an 8-hour work day. Today, workers still honor that and other labor struggles by participating in May Day events that recognize that the fight for the […]
  • The Phony Math and Ironic Economics to Justify Electric Car Tax Breaks May 1, 2015
    These tax breaks go predominantly to the wealthiest 10 percent – people who are not price sensitive and would have likely purchased an electric car anyway. And for every dollar the state provides subsidizing electric cars to reduce carbon, more than 93 cents is wasted. The post The Phony Math and Ironic Economics to Justify […]
  • Today’s Top International News: Yemen, Russia & Iran May 1, 2015
    1) An ISIS-affiliated group in Yemen released a video showing militants killing 14 Yemeni soldiers, 10 by execution-style shooting and 4 by beheading.   2) NATO told the U.S. Congress that they believe Russia is preparing for a new offensive in Ukraine based on evidence that they are equipping and training their forces.   3) […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: France, Brazil & Ukraine April 30, 2015
    1) A leaked UN report revealed that France is investigating peacekeeping soldiers it sent to the Central African Republic (CAR) who were accused of raping children. The French government learned of the allegations in July of 2014. The report states at least ten victims as young as eight were sexually abused in exchange for food […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: Nigeria, Iran & Burundi April 29, 2015
    1) Nigeria announced they have rescued some 200 girls and 93 women from a Boko Haram camp during a raid. However, it appears none of the girls are from the 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok. Nigerians returning to their homes  found more than 100 people dead. (It is estimated that more than 22,000 people have […]
  • A Serious House May 3, 2015
    Lyndon Johnson had strong views about his showers. One unfortunate White House plumber was sent to the hospital due to a nervous breakdown after years of working to provide Johnson with a shower that met his exacting specifications regarding heat and water pressure. Thousands of dollars were spent on all this, yet Johnson still walked […]
  • Sex, Poetry, and the Great Beyond May 2, 2015
    Two years before he died, James Merrill (1926-1995) published his memoir, A Different Person in which he tells how the son Charles E. Merrill (co-founder of Merrill Lynch) and an increasingly religious mother became a cosmopolitan gay poet. It’s not a score-settling work, and Merrill is his usual light, witty self, but he is also […]
  • FBI Links Chinese Government to Cyber Attacks on U.S. Companies May 1, 2015
    Computer hackers linked to the Chinese government used two Chinese telecom companies and the Baidu search engine to mount mass data disruption attacks on American websites involved in circumventing Beijing’s censors. According to a confidential FBI Flash alert sent to U.S. companies on Thursday, investigators determined with high confidence that since the middle of March […]
  • Making Transportation Less Wasteful and Unfair May 1, 2015
    The Antiplanner traveled from Louisiana back to Oregon yesterday and didn’t have time to write a lengthy post. So here is an op ed for your consideration. It briefly summarizes a report about federal funding of rail transit published by the Cato Institute last week. Speaking of rail transit, rail systems in Boston and Washington […]
  • Spokane Rejects Transit Tax April 30, 2015
    Voters in the Spokane, Washington area appear to have rejected a proposed 50-percent increase in the sales tax used to support transit by a small margin this week. At the latest count, the vote was 50.5 percent against the tax and 49.5 percent in favor of it. Click image to download the “public education” flyer […]
  • Lafayette Presentations April 29, 2015
    Lafayette, Louisiana would seem to be the last place in the world that you would expect to adopt a smart-growth plan. Yet the city adopted one recently and is now beginning to implement it by revising its zoning code. The Antiplanner believes that this code will make housing and other developments more expensive and slow […]