After several years of what has become typical partisan haggling, Congress has finally reworked its foundation education legislation. "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) has been replaced by the "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA). NCLB, which basically reduced educational accountability to standardized test results, had pretty much overstayed its welcome. The law's rigid "beat'em with a two-by-four" approach to educational improvement ended up creating more confusion and conflict than promoting actual progress.
Millions of people were part of Powerball mania with the jackpot having reached $1.5 billion or more. It appears three winning tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee. Here, those with billion-dollar signs in their eyes, bought tickets through the S.C. Lottery.
WASHINGTON -- Reports of Jeb Bush's political death may be greatly exaggerated. Not only is Bush essentially locked in a statistical tie for second place in New Hampshire, depending on which poll you prefer, but he's enjoying the benefits of being largely ignored by the media.
As we begin a new year, one would hope the Obama administration made a new year's resolution of allowing congress to do its job and not allowing unelected bureaucrats to regulate through administrative fiat. However, it seems this year will be full of even more federal overreach and this administration making up the rules as it goes.
One of my favorite movies is the 1969 classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The ultra-cool Paul Newman and Robert Redford play small-time bank robbers in the turn of the century cowboy West who were relentlessly pursued by a posse of lawmen that followed them for months across mountains and deserts, to big cities and ultimately even to South America.
You think you're on top of your game.
WASHINGTON -- Fair play can sometimes be a raunchy racket.
On a plane once headed out west to Phoenix, I sat beside a very nice man who was flying to a job interview. It was for a bank job, I remember.
In November, KershawHealth became a part of the Capella-MUSC Health Network, and some additional logos on the medical center in Camden became quite visible. Ever since then, one of the questions I'm often asked is, "How's this affiliation with MUSC going to work?"
Sometime during the next few weeks, I will become a very distant cousin to the Six Million Dollar Man or, more precisely, The Bionic Woman.
WASHINGTON -- It is axiomatic to know congressional Republicans will oppose anything smacking of "gun control," which may as well be read as "Your mama."
Several days prior to the New Year, a friend asked me what resolutions I had set for myself. I thought, "Did she say 'resolutions' or perhaps I didn't hear her correctly?" She definitely said "resolutions," yet I had none to reply with. I didn't have one measly surrender to give her. As a matter of fact, I didn't declare any New Year's resolutions last year, either. In truth, it has been at the least several years since I have proclaimed to the world the self-denials I would inflict upon myself in that given New Year. My ...
Back in the late 1990s, my company developed the first internet strategy for the Ministry of Health in Australia. In all honesty, we really didn't know much about what we were doing, but I learned one thing: with technology, the right incentives and political leadership, big changes are possible very quickly.
At first glance, I would have probably gone with the most recent meme -- "2015: the year absolutely everyone was offended." After all, it seems you can't so much as yawn without having someone from the National Association of Terminally Boring Pinheads, or some such, planning a march in your front yard.
WASHINGTON -- What's better than being kingmaker? Being king.
I'm a sucker for orcas (a/k/a killer whales), dolphins and whales. I just love them. Depending on the species, they are, in ...
During Black History Month, one particular white man is worth talking about. A descendent of the founders of Charleston, Bud Ferillo embodies a singular vantage ...
A few years ago my company did some work for the city and mayor of Barcelona, Spain, developing innovative internet and new technology strategies. Both ...
A friend of mine posted a video on social media recently.
WASHINGTON -- If you ask Donald Trump fans what they like about him, there's an excellent chance they'll say, "Because he's not politically ...
In my childhood home, I did not grow up surrounded with literature or commercial novels. What I did grow up with were two items read ...
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