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The Washington Flyer
July 1, 2016
 
“It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
John Adams, July 3, 1776, on the celebration of our nation’s independence

 
Opportunity to Help WV Church and Christian School After Severe Flood Damage
The heavy rains and flooding that recently hit West Virginia severely damaged the properties of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and Elk Valley Christian School in Elkview, West Virginia. Water and silt rose to five feet high in the sanctuary, and higher in the gymnasium and classrooms. Everything was lost, and several church and school families also lost their homes and possessions. Volunteers have been helping to clean out the destroyed carpet and furnishings, but there is much work to be done. A great need is the funding to rebuild everything. A
website has been set up for information, pictures of the devastation, prayer requests, and giving to this ministry. Please visit www.helpmpbc.com to help this ministry rebuild.
 
Supreme Court Strikes Down Pro-Life Law
On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court
ruled 5-3 in the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, striking down a Texas pro-life bill passed in 2013. The bill, HB2, simply required that all Texas abortion facilities meet the same safety standards as the state’s hospitals. For example, the bill would enforce regulations such as minimum sizes for rooms and doorways, hallway width, and pipelines for anesthesia. Another provision, which required doctors performing abortions at these facilities to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic, was also struck down by the Court, handing another major victory to the pro-choice activists. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called the ruling “disappointing.” He explained, “HB 2 was an effort to improve minimum safety standards and ensure capable care for Texas women. It’s exceedingly unfortunate that the Court has taken the ability to protect women’s health out of the hands of Texas citizens and their duly-elected representatives.” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, however, continues to remain resolute for the pro-life cause. Responding to calls by some Democrats to disband the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives—a panel created to investigate the abuses of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinics and other abortion facilities—the Speaker stated, “The value of human life is so precious that we must closely examine whether current public policy protects it…. For all of these reasons, I will continue to support the panel in completing its work.”

Education

Universal Preschool Proponents Support National Standards for Pre-K
A
new report released by the Education Testing Service suggests that early education proponents are pushing for national standards for early education. The report is the result of a study conducted by researchers Andrea DeBruin-Parecki and Carly Slutzky who surveyed administrators and territory directors, and held focus groups and one-on-one interviews. According to their data, there is support for national pre-K standards, but there is also support for states to have the freedom to make decisions regarding curricula, assessments, professional development, and teacher methods and strategies. The arguments used to support national pre-K standards are much like the reasons given for the establishment of the Common Core Standards: more collaboration across states, equal opportunity and improvement of literacy for students, and help for students who move across state lines. However, the authors also noted the challenges that the CCS has faced and recognized that establishing pre-K national standards would be a “long and difficult process that will involve deep conversation, collaboration, and compromise among U.S. states and territories.”


 

Family

Texas Attorney General Stands Against Transgender Policy
In the midst of the national debate over the Administration’s new transgender education policy, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
wrote an opinion letter in which he states that Fort Worth school superintendent Kent Scribner violated the Texas Education Code when he established a school policy in line with Obama’s transgender guidelines. According to the Texas Education Code, the school boards have the responsibility to adopt school policy while a superintendent’s role is to implement the policy. The Texas Governor praised Paxton’s decision, calling it a “clear and resounding victory for parents.” Ken Paxton is also a part of the lawsuit filed by 11 states against the Obama Administration for making the national transgender policy without going through the proper channels of Congress for creating laws.

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Register by August 15 to receive the special conference rate on your hotel room and the discounted registration fee.


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