NEW YORK DROPPING LITERACY EXAM. The following is excerpted from “NY dropping teacher literacy test,” Fox News, Mar. 13, 2017: “At a time when the United States has plummeted in the global rankings of education standards, one of the country’s largest states is poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers. Citing the fact that an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic candidates were failing the test, members of the New York state Board of Regents plans to adopt a task force’s recommendation to eliminate the literacy exam, known as the Academic Literacy Skills Test, given to prospective teachers. The literacy test was among four assessments introduced in the 2013-2014 school year as part of an effort to raise the level of elementary and secondary school teaching in the state. It came after years of complaints from education reformers about the caliber of students entering education schools and the quality of the instruction they received there. A December 2016 study by the National Council on Teacher Quality found that 44 percent of the teacher-preparation programs it surveyed across the country accepted students from the bottom half of their high school classes. Education reformers believe that tests like New York’s Academic Literacy Skills Test can weed out potentially lousy teachers. The tests, however, came under intense scrutiny for their alleged racial bias, after just 46 percent of Hispanic test-takers and 41 percent of black test-takers passed it on the first try, compared with 64 percent of white candidates. ... Ian Rosenblum, the executive director of the New York office of the Education Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for high achievement for all students, called the literacy test ‘a 12th grade-level assessment’ FBIS (3/17/17)
CHRISTIAN MAN SHOT DEAD AND SON BURNED ALIVE BY ISIS IN EGYPT. The following is excerpted from “ISIS Terror Grows in Egypt,” Christian Today, Feb. 23, 2017: “A Christian man has been shot dead and his son burned alive in Egypt, according to reports from the region. Saad Hana, 65 and his son Medhat, 45 were murdered in El-Arish, North Sinai in the latest wave of violence against Christians. Father Youssef Sobhy, of the Mar Girgis Coptic Orthodox Church in El-Arish, said three masked men assaulted the father and son at their home. ‘The men knocked at the door of the home of the Christians and Medhat opened the door,’ Sobhy told International Christian Concern. ‘The men shot his old father, Saad Hanna, in the head and then they burned the home.’ More Christians are expected to be targeted as the persecution grows, according to terror group statements. A few days ago, terror groups in Egypt aligned with Islamic State said Christian believers were their ‘favorite prey.’“ FINAL NOTE: The Coptic Orthodox Church has a false sacramental gospel, but the fact remains that these people are being targeted as Christians by jihadist Muslims. Copied
79% OF AMERICANS COMFORTABLE WITH WOMEN PASTORS (Friday Church News Notes, March 24, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - According to a new Barna Poll, 79% of Americans are comfortable with women serving as spiritual leaders in churches. Even among “evangelical” Christians, 39% are in favor. The survey is called “What Americans Think about Women in Power.” The results reflect many decades of feminist brainwashing.
MOTHER AND SON BECOMING “FATHER AND DAUGHTER” (Friday Church News Notes, March 24, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Mother and son,” Fox News, Mar. 15 2017: “A transgender dad and daughter from Detroit are revealing their incredible journeys as they transition from mom and son. Corey Maison, 15, first told her parents she identified as a girl four years ago, but it was not until last year she learned that her mother also struggled with her gender identity. The pair are now leaning on each other as they transition together. The teen has chronicled their transitions on her Instagram account, and the two sat down for an interview with Australia’s ‘60 Minutes’ to talk about the experience. ‘I wanted to make my parents proud of who I am, but I thought that they would not like me,’ Corey said about coming out as transgender. Eric Maison, who used to go by Erica, said that he was emboldened by his daughter’s decision. He wrestled with different emotions while deciding whether to transition. ‘The first feeling was relief, the second was terror,’ he said. ‘Fear for what my future would hold, fear for how my family and children would, fear for what the rest of my life was going to look like.’ ... Eric said he plans to stay together with his husband, Les, who supports his transition.”