- Bob Confer
- CONFER: Veterans tax exemptions making school boards uneasy School boards eyeing the new, optional veterans tax exemption in New York State face perilous choices: Who do you please? Who do you offend? Veterans or the majority of taxpayers?
- CONFER: The importance of Boy Scouts in America What do Gerald Ford, Neil Armstrong, and William DeVries have in common?
- CONFER: Move New York's primaries to June In 2009, the federal government passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which mandated that the states have federal absentee ballots in the hands of overseas military personnel at least 45 days before an election, to ensure that their completed ballots could be received by local boards of elections in a timely fashion.
- CONFER: New York state could soon tax the scouts These are interesting times in New York, as we have a governor and a state legislature touting various reform packages that are expected to drop some tax rates after years of steady tax growth. It comes at a time when those same parties are testing the waters for even more public services such as universal pre-kindergarten.
- CONFER: State bill would mandate parenting classes S142-2013, under review by the state Senate education committee now, would require parents of elementary school age children to attend parent support programs and workshops, including one concerning abuse in its various forms. If they didn't, their kids wouldn't be allowed to enter seventh grade.
- CONFER: Opening the gates to Common Core For many, Bill Gates â€" he of the $67 billion net worth â€" is looked at as a hero for American education. Through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he has invested millions in the development and introduction of the Common Core standards, the latest and allegedly greatest remodeling of teaching as we knew it.
CONFER: What Common Core means to education's stakeholders
Common Core is an unwelcome addition to our educational system. It's an all-out assault on classroom performance, individual privacy and America's competitive position in the global economy.
- CONFER: Big Brother takes a seat in the classroom In my last column I looked at New York's mass data-mining experiment related to Common Core in which the Empire State is collecting individual academic histories of every student to be shared across school districts, within the state's educational bureaucracy and with commercial third parties.
- CONFER: Common Core and your family's data Common Core's reliance on individual and aggregate student data is not entirely unexpected, as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation remains the largest funding source for Common Core Inc.
- CONFER: Common Core devalues creativity "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."
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