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Reading scores stagnant after Common Core banishes literary classics from schools nationwide

The work of legendary fiction writers is being banished to the school used-book sale thanks to Common Core standards that require students read less fiction and more nonfiction, a mandate some are attributing to students’ mediocre performance in math and reading. The Daily Caller has the details: The adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in more than 40 states around the country since 2010 has wrought two major changes: (1) a notable decrease in the use of fiction and literature in America’s reading and English classes and (2) lower reading and math scores on the U.S. Department of Education-mandated ...

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Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution – Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler In 2009, an unemployed mother of two and a politically inexperienced northern California attorney met on a conference call that would end up starting one of the largest grassroots political organizations in American history, the Tea Party Patriots. Fueled by the fires of passion and patriotism, Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin have become the faces of the most powerful political movement in the country, empowering their more than twenty million members by using both high-tech advances and the time-tested American tradition of rallying in public. Promoting ...

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Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution – Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler In 2009, an unemployed mother of two and a politically inexperienced northern California attorney met on a conference call that would end up starting one of the largest grassroots political organizations in American history, the Tea Party Patriots. Fueled by the fires of passion and patriotism, Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin have become the faces of the most powerful political movement in the country, empowering their more than twenty million members by using both high-tech advances and the time-tested American tradition of rallying in public. Promoting the ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 3/19/17

CALENDAR: The House will return Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The House leadership is hoping to be done for the week on Thursday, but they’ve notified Members to be prepared for a late night. The Senate will return Tuesday, with the first vote set to take place at noon. The Senate is set to stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The snowstorm that hit the east coast delayed the House’s return to action until Wednesday. The first vote was held at 6:57 PM, on a bill brought to the floor under Suspension of the Rules. On Thursday, the House took up and passed H.R. 1259, the VA Accounta...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 3/12/17

CALENDAR: The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM, and will be done for the week on Friday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return Monday, with the first vote set to take place at approximately 5:30 PM. The Senate is set to stay in session through Wednesday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Tuesday of last week and immediately took up a bill on the Suspension Calendar. The bill renamed a VA clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa. It passed. On Wednesday, House Democrats tried to play stall ball. On three separate occasions during the course of the day, they ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 3/05/17

CALENDAR: The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM, and will be done for the week on Friday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return Monday, with the first vote set to take place at approximately 6 PM. The Senate is set to stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday evening and passed two bills under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, the House took up H.R. 998, the SCRUB Act. After dealing with four amendments on Tuesday, the House came back in on Wednesday and took up where they left off. There were four more ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 2/26/17

CALENDAR: The House will return Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM, and will be done for the week on Thursday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return Monday, with the first vote set to take place at approximately 7 PM. They’ll stay in session through Thursday. And, of course, the Big Event for the week will take place Tuesday evening at 9 PM, when President Trump addresses a Joint Session of Congress. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was not in session last week. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House will return to session on Monday at noon, with no votes held before 6:30 PM. At ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 2/19/17

CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both out of session for the Presidents Day Recess, and they won’t be back until Monday, February 27. That means they’ll be in their districts and states next week, at local events and townhall meetings. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Monday evening, the House came back into session and passed both H.R. 244, the HIRE Vets Act, and H.R. 974, the BRAVE Act, under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 428, the Red River Gradient Boundary Act. The bill would commission a survey of the gradient boundary along the Red River in TX and OK. On Wednesday, ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 2/12/17

CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR The House will come back into session on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The house will stay in session through Friday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for approximately 7 PM. The Senate will be in session until Friday. At that point, both House and Senate will start the Presidents’ Day Recess, and they won’t be back until Monday, February 27. That means they’ll be in their districts and states next week, at local events and townhall meetings. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House had a short week last week so the Democrats ...