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Michigan Legislators Attempt to Reform Taxpayer-funded Release Time for Unions

Legislators in the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature are trying to prevent tax dollars from being used to pay public school union members for taking “union leave time” to do union business, rather than teaching classes. The practice, known as “release time,” is employed throughout Michigan. Senate Bill 280, introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) in April, would make it illegal for any public school union contract to permit government employees from being granted union leave time...

College Board Releases APUSH Framework Rewrite Following Criticism

The College Board released a new version of its Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) framework in late July. Since major revisions were implemented in 2014, the standards have been mired in controversy over accusations of liberal bias. In the July version released by College Board, some of the controversial statements, such as referring to President Ronald Reagan’s rhetoric as “bellicose,” have been removed, and a section on national identity was added to the framework. Stanley Kurtz, a...

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