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NEA convention delegates laughed at a speaker who raised a question about the legitimacy of global warming during discussion of New Business Item 18, having to do with “climate disruption.” Union leadership requested that members not jeer or laugh at speakers on several occasions. Pres. García said, “Please respect the diversity of opinion in debate,” but it didn’t help. Very few delegates dare mention anything outside the liberal union agenda for fear of public ridicule from their fellow NEA members.

The College Board has slightly changed the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) Framework after outraged citizens and historians pointed out egregious flaws. The 155-page outline presents leftist material and an overall negative view of American history. Topics like American exceptionalism and the importance of religion in America’s founding are still lackluster. According to National Association of Scholars President Peter Wood, “The College Board writers are so attuned to the progressive worldview that they literally cannot make sense of key ideas that are repudiated by that worldview.”

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will commute from Chicago to Washington for the next two years and is moving his children from an Arlington, Va. public school to a private school in Chicago, although Duncan does not want others to have access to vouchers that would help them afford private schools. Duncan’s decision that Chicago public schools are not good enough for his children is particularly interesting in light of the fact that Duncan was the chief executive officer of those same schools when he previously lived in Illinois.

A clearinghouse that reviewed 90 different studies of Head Start programs found that most of the studies were flawed and not scientific. The best result found was that Head Start had “potentially positive effects” on general reading achievement and “no discernible effects” on mathematics achievement or social-emotional development for 3-year-old and 4-year-old children.