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Vermont Superintendent Attacks School Choice

February 21, 2012

  John McClaughry | Bennington Banner An evil plot is afoot to pressurethe states to adopt “schoolchoice schemes,” according to onetime Rutland Northeast Superintendent William J. Mathis. He is currently a Shumlin appointee to the Vermont State Board of Education and managing director of the grandly named National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado. According to Mathis’s article “School Choice: What the Research Shows,” the centerpiece of the plot is the Obama administration’s pressure on states to create charter schools. Vermont is one of 13 states that do not authorize public charter schools, thanks to the surprisingly determined opposition of Gov. Howard Dean and, naturally,

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Berkeley Jew Hate on Trial

February 14, 2012

  Mark Tapson | FrontPageMag The dismissed court case involving a Jewish student attacked by a Muslim student last year at the University of California at Berkeley is still alive. Jessica Felber, 21, was injured by Husam Zakharia, leader of the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), during a rally while holding a sign that said, “Israel Wants Peace.” Zakharia rammed her from behind with a shopping cart. The case was dismissed at the end of December when U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg ruled, astonishingly, that the assault was “an act of protected free speech.” In her suit, Felber alleges that UC Berkeley did not effectively deal with the harassment and intimidation of Jewish students by the SJP and Muslim Students Association [MSA], leading to “a dangerous and threatening environment.” The groups staged mock “checkpoints” on campus, where they waved imitation weapons around and demanded of passing students,

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UTEP student calls lecturer disgusting Questions Academic Freedom

February 10, 2012

  by Hayley Kappes | El Paso Times UTEP student Elizabeth Jimenez said she is disgusted by what she claimed was an offensive lecture by a guest speaker in one of her classes at the university. Jimenez, a 38-year-old English major, said a lecturer in her Research and Critical Writing course at the University of Texas at El Paso last November crossed the line when he gave a graphic presentation on animal abuses in slaughterhouses. It occurred in English teacher assistant Louis A. Herman’s class. An audio clip provided by Jimenez records a male speaker badgering students for eating animal products. “Yes, my meat-cheese-egg-milk loving friends, you engage in carnivorous bestiality on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times a day,” the guest speaker says in the audio clip. The clip recorded several expletives in reference to criticisms of people who consumed animal products. Jimenez said the class of about 25 students was not forewarned on the lecture’s content.…

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