Archive for June 24th, 2009

AP: 700 NYC teachers are paid to do nothing; Dept. of Education estimates cost at $65 million a year

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

AP:

Because their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them, the teachers have been banished by the school system to its “rubber rooms” – off-campus office space where they wait months, even years, for their disciplinary hearings. (more…)

New All-Time Lows for Both CBS & ABC Evening Newscasts: Media Bistro

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Source:

TVNewser has learned the CBS Evening News has once again set an all-time low last week with 4.89 million Total Viewers and 1.42 million A25-54 viewers. But it was also the lowest (since records began in the 1991-’92 season) for ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson. The Gibson program drew 6.42 million Total Viewers and 1.77 million A25-54 viewers.

Both CBS’s Katie Couric and ABC’s Charlie Gibson were off last week.

Arizona Lawmakers Agree to Put on Ballot a Proposed Ban on Affirmative-Action Preferences: Chronicle of Higher Ed

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Chronicle:

Arizona is set to become the first state in which a proposed ban on affirmative-action preferences will be put on the ballot by the legislature, rather than through petitions submitted by voters.

The Arizona Senate today passed a measure – approved by the state’s House of Representatives a week ago – calling for a proposed ban on the use of affirmative-action preferences by public colleges and other state agencies, to go before voters next year. Under the state’s Constitution, referenda approved by the Arizona Legislature go on the ballot without the governor’s approval.

Wendy Milling column: Health Care Is Not an Individual Right

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Real Clear Markets:

The advocates of socialized medicine have insisted for decades that health care is a right. (more…)

Investor’s Business Day Opinion: International Free Trade is what our economy needs

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

IBD:

Free Trade: With unemployment at 9.4% and worse on the way, there’s no doubt the economy’s hurting. If the White House and Congress are serious about ending job destruction, they must open up new markets.

K-State’s Beach Museum Cutting Back Its Hours, Closing For July 4 Holiday

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

MANHATTAN — Beginning July 2, Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will close at 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

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NY Daily News: After orgy ad fiasco, Calvin Klein tones down racy SoHo billboard… sort of

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Daily News:

Calvin Klein has turned down the heat a tad in SoHo – replacing a giant orgy-themed ad with a dripping-wet model in a string bikini. (more…)

How 15 States Are Working to Improve Remedial Education: Chronicle of Higher Ed

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Chronicle:

Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit group focused on work-force development, released a report today on promising initiatives in 15 states to reduce the need for and to improve remedial education.

4-Block Editorial Opinion: News From Wisconsin

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Four-Block World: