by Countable | Updated on 4.11.18
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Odds are, today you ate something that started its life on a farm. And odds are a bit less that maybe you've heard that farmers are being pretty hard-hit by the China tariffs. So maybe it works out well that it's time for the every-five-years Farm Bill. Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have been working on formulating the bill, and the House version is expected to be released soon. Like all omnibus bills, the legislation is expected to be massive and controversial. We've put together a brief history of the legislation, and the 2014 Farm Bill, so you're fully prepared to hit Take Action and tell your lawmakers what you want included - or precluded - from this one. Head here.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published their first economic forecast since the passage of the 2017 tax-reform package. Though the report points to some initial economic improvements due to economic growth and increased employment rates, it also projects the deficit will grow rapidly unless Congress changes course. Read some of the CBO report's highlights, and how Congress might change course, here.
President Trump on Saturday accused the Justice Department of "slow walking" the release of documents related to an FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. In response, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is speeding up the delivery of more than a million documents to Congress. Head here to find out how the process is being expedited.
In January, a California couple was arrested after their thirteen children were found living in "dark and foul-smelling surroundings" with some “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks.” The children were homeschooled; while abuse and neglect at a homeschool is rare, it's not unprecedented. Now, lawmakers in the Golden State are considering reforms to homeschooling. Add your voice to the conversation with Countable's latest Your Turn: Should Homeschools be Regulated?
New Jersey, which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, is now upping the ante by calling out other states when crimes are committed in the Garden State with guns acquired in more permissive jurisdictions. An executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy - called the "Name and Shame" Law - will streamline the release of publicly-available FBI data in order to show the public where the guns are coming from. Click here to read the full story.
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Absolutely. “I’m tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is displayed as fact.” — Astronomer Philip Plait
Yes homeschooling must be regulated. Absolutely.
🤮⬆️🖕🏻...sometimes you Uber-Liberals make my brain want to explode!!
I know people who “homeschooled” their children when they started falling behind in public school. Today, they can’t read. They are now adults who will never find gainful employment. When the oldest was a teenager working as a grill cook his dad had to go to work with him, unpaid, to read the tickets to the son. Homeschooling ABSOLUTELY needs to be regulated to avoid more tragedies like this.
The sob story that Countable uses to pitch ‘More Government’ is not representative of homeschoolers, it’s representative of child abuse, which is already illegal. Homeschools are successful because they ARE NOT regulated. No one cares about a child’s education than their immediate parent. It’s clear government doesn’t care, the public school model is failing. Quit trying to bring private school’s down to the public school level and bully them with your ineptitude.
Out of five children, 2 went to public school, 1 went to private, and 2 were homeschooled through the 12th grade - most of the time when our family lived out of the country. By far, the best results and overall experience (and my children would agree) was homeschooling. The government would only screw that up too.
I’ve friends who have home schooled their children. Fortunately the curriculums used were comparable to the public school curriculums. As far as being educated, the kids were educated and literate. What they lacked was the socialization that public school education provides. These kids always seemed awkward in social settings.
Of course - it’s a mess now and isn’t self regulated.
Why regulate homeschools? So Betsy can screw us over too?
Of course home schools, religious schools and any other type of “SUDO-SCHOOL” must be regulated. They must meet the same standards ax public schools. Philip Plait- “I’m tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is displayed as fact.”
As an Iowa resident, our state depends on farming. We must do all we can to help the farmers in our country. That includes stopping this president’s idiotic trade war. NO ONE wins in such a war. And as a public school teacher, homeschooling absolutely needs to be regulated. I am an educator but I would not consider myself qualified to homeschool my own child. Nor would I be my own attorney. Nor would I be my own doctor. There are too many children slipping through the cracks.
Yes, all schools should be regulated!
How about we get government out of schools altogether? They screw up everything they touch. It’s a states issue.
You ask should home schooling be regulated? I will ask you, who has a stronger interest in a positive outcome for the kids, the parents, or beaurocrats? Do not be fooled, this is about the teacher's unions and entrenced education industry than it is about kids or education. They have to disempower and/or regulate and discredit all alternatives to preserve the status quo.
I think the important thing is that our public schools offer the opportunity of a choice well rounded education in a safe environment. I don’t see how you can expect to regulate home schooling other than testing to make sure the students meet a minimum standard. But then only if they want to claim they have a diploma. It should be a parents prerogative to choose how their kids are taught. Besides they haven’t even figured out how to regulate our public schools in an equitable manner. Let’s take one step at a time.
As far as regulation for home schooling, a good education should be a surety for all. However, if it regulates all material, you open the door for propaganda mandated by the government.
Why is congress wasting time with bills about home schooled children, who make up less than 3.5% of all students?
I suspect that as 45 wages his trade war he is busy buying stocks that are crashing..I believe this is called insider trading.Meanwhile as farmers suffer and we pay more China will negotiate with other nations for what we supply. 45 is a moron!