In 2017 a local boys soccer team in Dallas made up of 14-year-olds defeated the United States national women’s team. It was downplayed by media with claims that the best women in American soccer weren’t really trying against the young boys, but anyone with a brain knows there is zero chance the women’s team was laying off. They tried their best to defeat the boys, many of whom were likely recently past puberty, and still lost 5-2. It was a wake-up call that should have been heeded, but not everyone got the message. Schools in Connecticut failed to do so and are now paying the price as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the White House is withholding funds earmarked for desegregation until high schools stop allowing biological males claiming to be females to dominate girls’ athletics. According to Just The News: The department’s Office for Civil Rights has warned officials at three Connecticut school districts several times that it will not release the grant money as planned on Oct. 1, unless they withdraw from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference over its transgender policies. Officials with the conference, which governs high school athletics in the state, say their policies conform to Connecticut law. The five-year grants worth roughly $45 million, and the remaining $18 million is earmarked for districts in New Haven, Hartford and southeast Connecticut that operate magnet schools under a federally approved, voluntary desegregation plan, The Times also reports. The charade has been going on long enough. It’s unfair for girls who have trained their whole lives to reach the top of their sport to be sideswiped by mediocre male athletes who claim to be girls. This is a good move by Betsy DeVos. COVID-19 may take down an independent news outlet Nobody said running a media site would be easy. We could use some help keeping this site afloat. Colleagues have called me the worst fundraiser ever. My skills are squarely rooted on the journalistic side of running a news outlet. Paying the bills has never been my forte, but we’ve survived. We have ads on the site that help, but since the site’s inception this has been a labor of love that otherwise doesn’t bring in the level of revenue necessary to justify it. When I left a nice, corporate career in 2017, I did so knowing I wouldn’t make nearly as much money. But what we do at NOQ Report to deliver the truth and fight the progressive mainstream media narrative that has plagued this nation is too important for me to sacrifice it for the sake of wealth. We know we’ll never make a ton of money this way, and we’re okay with that. Things have become harder with the coronavirus lockdowns. Both ad money and donations that have kept us afloat for a while have dropped dramatically. We thought we could weather the storm, but the so-called “surge” or “2nd-wave” that mainstream media and Democrats are pushing has put our prospects in jeopardy. In short, we are now in desperate need of financial assistance. The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We need approximately $11,500 to stay afloat for the rest of 2020, but more would be wonderful and any amount that brings us closer to our goal is greatly appreciated. The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. This shouldn’t be the case as our traffic the last year has been going up dramatically. June, 2018, we had 11,678 visitors. A year later in June, 2019, we were up to 116,194. In June, 2020, we had 614,192. We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above. Election year or not, coronavirus lockdowns or not, anarchic riots or not, the need for truthful journalism endures. But in these times, we need as many conservative media voices as possible. Please help keep NOQ Report going. Check out the NEW NOQ Report Podcast. American Conservative Movement Join fellow patriots as we form a grassroots movement to advance the cause of conservatism. The coronavirus crisis has prompted many, even some conservatives, to promote authoritarianism. It’s understandable to some extent now, but it must not be allowed to embed itself in American life. We currently have 8000+ patriots with us in a very short time. If you are interested, please join us to receive updates.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said last year that charter schools are "very misguided." In an interview with the nation’s largest teacher’s union, he agreed with National Education Association (NEA) president Lily Eskelsen García’s claim that charter schools are "very misguided school reforms." Recent Stories in Democrats Biden's campaign website does not mention charter schools under his "plan for educators, students, and our future." He has received endorsements from NEA, the American Federation of Teachers, and other major teachers' unions, which fiercely oppose charter schools despite evidence of their success in improving student results. "If you're going to have a charter school, it cannot come at the expense of the public school," Biden said, echoing the unions' argument that charter schools are a danger to the health of public schools. Biden has also said that he is "not a charter school fan" because they take money away from public schools, although public charter schools spend less per pupil than traditional public schools. The argument that charter schools "take money" from public schools has faced criticism from economists including Thomas Sowell, who has pointed out that charter schools deliver improved results for minority students compared with district schools that cost more. Research by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute also suggests that the superior results of charter schools save the government millions in the long run. President Donald Trump criticized Biden for pushing to shutter charter schools, arguing in his speech at the Republican National Convention that they are a lifeline for families in underperforming school districts. Biden said at an education forum in December that, as president, he would make sure that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's work promoting charter schools would be undone.
The Department of Education published a final rule Wednesday that expands religious liberty protections on college campuses and allows DOE to suspend or cut federal funding from colleges that violate the First Amendment. Known as the “Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities” final rule, it ensures the equal treatment of religious student groups at public universities, and “provides clarity for faith-based institutions with respect to Title IX.” “This administration is committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of students, teachers, and faith-based institutions. Students should not be forced to choose between their faith and their education, and an institution controlled by a religious organization should not have to sacrifice its religious beliefs to participate in Department grants and programs,” said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. If public universities fail to give religious student groups the same rights as other campus organizations, such as use of campus facilities and access to student fee funding, they could lose federal funding. The final rule also seeks to promote “free inquiry” and to protect “academic freedom” on college campuses. “Denying free inquiry is inherently harmful at any institution of higher education because students are denied the opportunity to learn and faculty members are denied the opportunity to freely engage in research and rigorous academic discourse,” the rule reads. In extreme cases of First Amendment violations, DOE can determine a university is ineligible for future grants. Private universities can also face the same consequences if found violating their own speech codes. “These regulations hold public institutions accountable for protecting the First Amendment rights of students and student organizations, and they require private colleges and universities that promise their students and faculty free expression, free inquiry, and diversity of thought to live up to those ideals,” DeVos explained. While the final rule claims that universities must allow for differing ideas and viewpoints on campus, it also gives private or religious institutions the freedom to adopt their own speech standards, so long as they comply with them. “Religiously affiliated institutions, in freely exercising their faith, may define their free speech policies as they choose in a manner consistent with their mission,” the rule states. The rule also states that “religious student organizations should be able to enjoy the benefits, rights, and privileges afforded to other student organizations at a public institution” as well. The final rule will going into effect 60 days after the date of official publication in the Federal Register.