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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 22, 2014/ 21 Shevat, 5774

Dems' Failure Factories

By Betsy McCaughey



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Teachers unions supply the Democratic Party with money and foot soldiers. But if Democrats intend to make income inequality their issue in 2014 and 2016, they will have to give up their slavish devotion to these unions, which deny inner-city kids a shot at a quality education and an escape route from poverty.

A few Democrats, such as former Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have challenged union power, but not New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Anyone eyeing Cuomo as the backup candidate for president in 2016, in the event Hillary Clinton doesn't run, needs to take a look at his failed record on school reform.

New Yorkers are fleeing the upstate region's moribund economy and moving to states with more jobs, fewer taxes and job-killing regulations. But inner-city school kids in Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo aren't going anywhere. Despite the phrase "no child left behind," that's exactly what they are: kids left behind. They are victims of Cuomo's indifference to school failure and the greed of teachers unions.

At the worst high schools in Buffalo, fewer than 25 percent of students graduate on time. District wide, only about half graduate. The same is true in Rochester and Syracuse. That means no mobility — social or geographical — for these kids.

Bridgegate has been all over the news, because New Jersey's governor allegedly stalled drivers at the George Washington Bridge for four days. New York's governor is stalling inner-city kids for a lifetime. They can't escape or succeed.

Compared with newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who opposes charter schools, merit pay and standardized tests, Cuomo is touted as a reformer. It's undeserved. On occasion, Cuomo has talked tough about failing schools. But his record during his first three years is zero. A striking contrast to the strides Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has made since winning office in 2010.

In August 2013, Cuomo hit a rhetorical extreme, warning that schools that did not improve would get the "death penalty." But four months later, on Dec. 15, New York State Education Commissioner John King admitted he saw little hope that the steps being taken since that threat could turn these schools around.

On Jan. 14, Cuomo's education reform commission issued its long-awaited recommendations: 66 pages of blather. The chief recommendation for failing urban schools was $15 million in grants for experimental programs. Kicking the can down the road, the commission calls for more commissions and reports. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and a commission member, insists more spending is needed.

That last one is laughable. Of the 50 states, New York spends the most per pupil — a staggering $19,076 — literally double what California, hardly a backwater, spends. Despite the highest spending, New York still is 39th in graduation rates, 36th in fourth-grade reading scores and 35th in eighth-grade math, according to the commission's own report.

Buffalo school district spends an obscene $26,903 per pupil, highest of any large district in New York State and third highest among urban districts in the nation.

Money down the drain, because that district is hostage to the Buffalo Federation of Teachers. Something Cuomo won't say and won't use political capital to fix. The district and union have been unable to negotiate a contract since the last expired in 2004. Under state law, teachers continue under generous old contract terms but with annual pay hikes of 2.5 percent. The benefits include unlimited cosmetic surgery, liposuction and other extravagant procedures without even a copay, costing taxpayers an estimated $5.2 million a year, according to an Atlantic magazine expose.

Buffalo teachers are sitting pretty. This year, they refused to be part of a teacher evaluation using their students' standardized test scores, costing the district millions in school aid. Similarly, in Rochester, where only 5 percent of students scored proficient on Common Core math standards, the president of the Rochester Teachers Association, Adam Urbanski, threatened "mass insubordination" in response to new teacher evaluations.

Cuomo's kowtowing to unions is typical of the Democratic Party. But if Democrats want to get serious about equality of opportunity, they can start by putting kids ahead of union bosses.

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Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York, founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and the author of "Beating Obamacare." .

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