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Most Parents Say No to Standardized Testing - Rasmussen Reports™

Parental opposition to standardized testing in schools remains high, even as the latest cycle of tests is beginning in many states. Most parents now say there’s no need for any such tests at all.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of American Adults with children of elementary or secondary school age believe there is too much emphasis on standardized tests in schools these days. That’s little changed from December but up from 57% in November 2013 when we first asked this question.

Just 18% of these parents think there is not enough emphasis on standardized tests, a finding that hasn’t changed over the years, while 12% rate the balance as about right.

via www.rasmussenreports.com


Comedian Steven Crowder Dishes Out Brutal, Nearly 5-Minute ‘Reality Check’ to ‘Social Justice Warriors’ When They Interrupt Event | Video | TheBlaze.com

Comedian Steven Crowder mercilessly tore into so-called “social justice warriors” when they disrupted his opening remarks within seconds of him taking the stage.

Crowder was scheduled to “tell some jokes” and discuss free speech at the University of Massachusetts on Monday night alongside other speakers, including conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos and former philosophy professor Christina Marie Hoff Sommers. However, the comedian quickly ditched his prepared material to give his vocal critics a “reality check.”

via www.theblaze.com



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23rd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show at the Coralville Marriott

Arts Crafts ShowMake plans now to attend the 23rd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show on Sunday, April 17th at the Marriott Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa.

This is the area's largest show, with over 125 talented exhibitors presenting and selling the Midwest's finest handcrafts.
 
The show is a production of Callahan Promotions, Inc. and offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy original affordable arts and crafts.  Among the various products presented at the show are oak furniture, paintings and prints, gourd art, bird houses, bird feeders, ceramics, jewelry, metal art sculptures, pet products, yard and garden art, stained, etched, and fused glass, quilts, photography, pottery, candles, clothing, floral wreaths, dolls & doll clothes, rugs, baskets, aprons, placemats, table runners, purses, wood and metal signs, wall hangings and many more original products.  Exhibitors will also be selling homemade salsa, wines, breads, fudge, coffee cakes, barbeque sauce, jams,  dried soup and food mixes.
 
The Marriott Conference Center is connected to the Marriott Hotel and is located at 300 East 9th Street in Coralville, just off of I-80 at Exit 242.
 
Admission to the show is $5, with anyone 10 and under free.  Parking is always free.  Show hours are Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM.  For additional information, call 563-652-4529.


Two airmen shot dead in 'workplace violence' at Texas air base | Reuters

Two airmen were killed in a "a workplace violence incident" on Friday at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, military officials said, with media outlets reporting that an airman shot his commanding officer and then himself.

Two weapons identified as Glocks were found at the scene, Brigadier General Robert LaBrutta, Commander, Joint Base San Antonio, told a news conference. LaBrutta said the two men were the only casualties and he declined to provide further details such as a possible motive.

"This was a workplace violence incident and not the result of a terrorist attack," the U.S. Air Force Joint Base San Antonio said in a statement.

The Air Force Times, citing internal Pentagon communications, reported the commanding officer of a training squadron at the base was shot by an airman who then apparently killed himself in a classroom building.

via www.reuters.com


Few Americans Support $15 Minimum Wage In Their State - Rasmussen Reports™

New York and California recently passed bills that will gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, and several other states are considering similar legislation. Most Americans want their state’s hourly minimum wage to be above the federal level of $7.25, but they aren’t quite willing to go as high as $15.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 20% of American Adults want the minimum hourly wage in their state to stay at $7.25. Seventy-four percent (74%) want it to be higher, but that includes only 12% who prefer the $15 level. Three percent (3%) think their state's minimum wage should be even higher than that.

Twenty-three percent (23%) are comfortable with $9.50 an hour, while 24% would make the minimum hourly wage $10.50. Twelve percent (12%) want the minimum wage to be $12.50.

via www.rasmussenreports.com


Trump Change - Rasmussen Reports™

Donald Trump’s reverse momentum continues following his second-place showing in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary.

The latest Rasmussen Reports weekly Trump Change survey finds that 77% of Likely Republican Voters still think the billionaire businessman is likely to win their party’s presidential nomination, but that now includes just 40% who consider it Very Likely. This compares to 81% and 42% a week ago.

But three weeks ago at this time following several big primary wins for Trump, 87% of GOP voters viewed his nomination as likely, with 59% who said it was Very Likely. Both were highs to date but have been trending downward ever since. This is Trump’s worst showing since mid-February.

Eighteen percent (18%) of Republicans now see Trump’s nomination as unlikely, although that still includes only four percent (4%) who say it is Not At All Likely.

via www.rasmussenreports.com


Mom Unleashes Fury After Spanish Teacher Sends Children Home With This ‘Privilege’ Assignment | Video | TheBlaze.com

The mother of a Tampa, Florida, seventh-grader is speaking out after finding an assignment given to her 12-year-old daughter and other students in Spanish class at Monroe Junior High.

The form asked, “How much privilege do you have? Circle the boxes that apply to you.”

The categories on the form listed “Race,” “Skin Color,” “Religion,” “Sex,” “Gender,” “Sexual Orientation” and “Disability.”

The options under gender included, “cisgendered,” “transgendered” or “genderqueer.”

via www.theblaze.com


23rd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show at the Coralville Marriott

Arts Crafts ShowMake plans now to attend the 23rd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show on Sunday, April 17th at the Marriott Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa.

This is the area's largest show, with over 125 talented exhibitors presenting and selling the Midwest's finest handcrafts.
 
The show is a production of Callahan Promotions, Inc. and offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy original affordable arts and crafts.  Among the various products presented at the show are oak furniture, paintings and prints, gourd art, bird houses, bird feeders, ceramics, jewelry, metal art sculptures, pet products, yard and garden art, stained, etched, and fused glass, quilts, photography, pottery, candles, clothing, floral wreaths, dolls & doll clothes, rugs, baskets, aprons, placemats, table runners, purses, wood and metal signs, wall hangings and many more original products.  Exhibitors will also be selling homemade salsa, wines, breads, fudge, coffee cakes, barbeque sauce, jams,  dried soup and food mixes.
 
The Marriott Conference Center is connected to the Marriott Hotel and is located at 300 East 9th Street in Coralville, just off of I-80 at Exit 242.
 
Admission to the show is $5, with anyone 10 and under free.  Parking is always free.  Show hours are Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM.  For additional information, call 563-652-4529.