Today's Top Stories - February 8, 2016
I Was Ordered to Purge Records of Islamic Terror Ties, states DHS official A veteran official with the Department of Homeland Security claims its staff was ordered to destroy records on a federal database that showed links between possible jihadists and Islamic terrorist groups - "After leaving my 15-year career at DHS, I can no longer be silent about the dangerous state of America’s counter-terror strategy, our leaders’ willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctness—and, consequently, our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack" More
January Gun Sales Set Record (As Hillary Runs On Gun Control) More
Ruling In Maryland’s “Assault Weapons” Case Could Gut Gun Control Nationwide More
Concealed Carrier Thwarts Possible Mass Shooting in NOLA More
Is Hillary Calling for Gun Confiscation? More
See If Your Lawmaker Vote to End Operation Choke Point The House of Representatives concluded a tense debate Thursday by voting 250-169 to end a controversial Obama administration program called Operation Choke Point More
Gun dealer gets 2 ½ years for selling weapons to felon Prosecutors say a gun dealer has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for selling guns to a felon who was barred by law from buying them More
Silver Bullet Award:To DeKalb Co. (GA) correction’s officer who shot, injured 1 of 3 people caught burglarizing her home More
By Chris Braunlich - vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute
Special to VNS
Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegate Rob Bell have proposed a Virginia constitutional amendment permitting the State Board of Education to authorize public charter schools. If passed this year by the General Assembly, it goes to the voters for approval in November.
Because charter schools are relatively unknown in Virginia, it's important to understand how they operate in other states, what the results have been, and why they have failed to take hold here in the Commonwealth.
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools, designed to create an environment where parents are more involved, teachers are given freedom to innovate, and students are provided the structure best suited for their learning. Unlike "magnet schools," they have "open enrollment" policies without special entrance requirements. By giving teachers the ability to innovate and try new ways to improve student achievement, public charter schools are tailored to the needs of individual students. [Click READ MORE below for rest of the story]