Reading difficulty often leads to school failure. A recently-released study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that one in six children who are not reading proficiently in third grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times greater than proficient readers.

Back in the day, even teachers children attended the same schools. Teachers were icons in the community. We saw them at the grocery stores and downtown. We need to focus more on community as we move to education reform.

The Democrats have done the “correct” thing in every election since they lost the south to the Christians: They’ve ignored the non-believers and progressives completely because there was no political benefit in paying attention to them.

Michael Steele, the chair for the RNC had some great words over the weekend, I like him so much more when he is himself and not this psuedo cool hip dude.

And a big congrats to my friends at Hoosier Access and Capitol & Washington. They, along with Indiana Barrister, made the washington Post’s list of best state political blogs in the country. Indiana Barrister also made the list back in 2009.

When some spacecrafts have mechanical trouble, does it mean that the naysayers were correct and that man had never had a successful space exploration?–Of course not. When something goes terribly wrong with one particular journey, it does not revoke the successes prior and future. We can and should learn for such circumstance, so they don’t reoccur. But should man shelf all future exploration due to a few failed attempts?

In order to win the money, the states must show a plan for the money. There is an application process and it is not as easy as it sounds. States hoping to win the money go through a rigorous process. Part of that process is to ensure that the money goes to what it is intended for, helping the children of that state obtain a stellar education.