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Probation is supposed to help people get their lives back on track while staying accountable and keeping the public safe...
01/27/2023
The U.S. probation system has become a quagmire

Probation is supposed to help people get their lives back on track while staying accountable and keeping the public safe, but in many states offenders are set up to fail in systems that can't or won't give them the opportunity to succeed.

What was originally intended as an alternative to incarceration has become a system for mass state control.

A Department of Justice investigation has revealed that Louisiana prisons and jails routinely incarcerate inmates well p...
01/27/2023
Louisiana keeps over a quarter of inmates detained past their release dates, DOJ investigation finds

A Department of Justice investigation has revealed that Louisiana prisons and jails routinely incarcerate inmates well past their release dates. This practice is in violation of inmates' 14th Amendment rights, and it's costing state taxpayers an estimated $2.5 million each year.

A DOJ investigation shows Louisiana incarcerates 26.8 percent of inmates past their release dates, violating inmates' 14th Amendment rights.

Biden thinks banning "assault weapons," or at least restricting their sale to people 21 or older, is a rational response...
01/27/2023

Biden thinks banning "assault weapons," or at least restricting their sale to people 21 or older, is a rational response to the two recent California shootings. As he sees it, "stronger action" is obviously necessary, even if that action is not logically related to the incidents that prompted his statement.

https://reason.pub/3kLgAa4

🎨: Lex Villena

The controversy over TikTok in the U.S. is part of a larger debate over strategic competition between the U.S. and China...
01/26/2023
TikTok is not a national security threat

The controversy over TikTok in the U.S. is part of a larger debate over strategic competition between the U.S. and China and has profound implications for freedom of expression and regulatory policy.

Bipartisan efforts to ban the app in America would be a great blow to our economy and our liberty.

The abuse of power by public employee unions is the main story of public failure in America—worse even than polarization...
01/26/2023

The abuse of power by public employee unions is the main story of public failure in America—worse even than polarization or red tape. It is not possible to bring purpose and hope back to political discourse until, as a threshold condition, elected leaders regain the authority to run public operations.

Read more: https://reason.pub/3WLznix

01/26/2023
Why did schools stop teaching kids how to read?

Live With Robert Pondiscio, Nick Gillespie, and Zach Weissmueller.

An "unbearable bleakness" has overtaken childhood education as a "pedagogy of the depressed" pushes a simplistic vision of "America the Problematic" on impressionable young students, wrote Robert Pondiscio in Commentary last year.

A former teacher, Pondiscio is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of the 2019 book How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice (Avery), a behind-the-scenes account of Success Academy, one of America's most accomplished (and controversial) charter school networks. (Watch Reason's interview with Pondiscio about that book.)

Public schools have failed to teach kids to read and write because they use approaches that aren't based on proven techniques based on phonics. Many schools have been influenced by the work of Columbia University's Lucy Calkins, who is the subject of a new podcast series from American Public Media, Sold a Story, "an exposé of how educators came to believe in something that isn't true and are now reckoning with the consequences—children harmed, money wasted, an education system upended."

"The South Bronx elementary school where I taught 5th grade for several years was a proponent of Calkins' approach," Pondiscio wrote in a 2022 New York Post op-ed. "We adopted her teaching methods and employed her literacy coaches for years, to very little effect. Her greatest sin against literacy comes after kids learn to 'decode' the written word, whether or not they are taught with phonics, which is just the starting line for reading."

How did this happen? Is the solution school choice—a system in which parents can opt out of traditional public schools and their flawed approaches to teaching reading? As Pondiscio argues, is withdrawing "concern for traditional public schools" equivalent to withdrawing "concern for our republic"?

Join Reason's Nick Gillespie and Zach Weissmueller for a live discussion with Robert Pondiscio on all these questions and more this Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. Watch and leave questions for Pondiscio on the YouTube video above or on Reason's page.

Right in the middle of National School Choice Week, conservative politicians and regulators in Florida are fighting agai...
01/26/2023

Right in the middle of National School Choice Week, conservative politicians and regulators in Florida are fighting against the introduction of a black history class that would help high school students earn college credit.

Florida conservatives are telling families who support school choice that they can't even choose their kids' classes.

Read the story: https://reason.pub/3XFBEx2

01/26/2023
Serene Wanted To Quit He**in. She Tried Psychedelics.

"Our core beliefs, our behaviors, our patterns of relating, our patterns of coping get encoded in neural networks, which is why they are so difficult to change. Psychedelic substances have this really interesting and unique capacity to loosen those structures and, in some cases, dissolve them so that people have the opportunity to rework their relationship to themselves and the world."

A report from the Government Accountability Office made public this week found "substantial levels of fraud" in the prog...
01/26/2023

A report from the Government Accountability Office made public this week found "substantial levels of fraud" in the program. More notably, it indicated that the government lacks a real strategy for dealing with the problem.

https://reason.pub/3XTmqF7

🎨: Lex Villena

Why did schools stop teaching kids how to read?Thursday at 1 p.m. ET, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Robert...
01/26/2023

Why did schools stop teaching kids how to read?

Thursday at 1 p.m. ET, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Robert Pondiscio joins the Reason livestream series with Nick Gillespie and Zach Weissmueller to discuss what he calls the "pedagogy of the depressed" in American schools: https://youtu.be/IIcC64U6KiU

"Brown v. Board of Ed ultimately was never about black kids getting into a white school," says Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome...
01/25/2023
Winsome Sears: School choice 'is new Brown v. Board' fight

"Brown v. Board of Ed ultimately was never about black kids getting into a white school," says Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears.

"It was always about ultimately a parent being able to decide where their children should attend school."

Virginia's lieutenant governor wants state education dollars to fund students, not school buildings.

This woman's jaw-dropping $2,173,703 IRS penalty is completely unrelated to the gravity of her offense.
01/25/2023
The IRS serves its 'customers' by terrifying them

This woman's jaw-dropping $2,173,703 IRS penalty is completely unrelated to the gravity of her offense.

A $2.1 million penalty for failing to file a form on time reveals the agency’s true nature.

Paul Ehrlich has been wrong again and again about an impending famine. So why would 60 Minutes interview him?
01/25/2023
No, the world is not heading toward 'mass extinction'

Paul Ehrlich has been wrong again and again about an impending famine. So why would 60 Minutes interview him?

"60 Minutes" recently had on Paul Ehrlich, who claims the world is careening toward mass destruction. The opposite is true.

"The CDC has been a terrible broker of information, particularly because they don’t really acknowledge the limits of the...
01/25/2023
Where does big tech end and government start?

"The CDC has been a terrible broker of information, particularly because they don’t really acknowledge the limits of their own knowledge at any given point in time," Nick Gillespie says on this week's podcast.

In The Reason Roundtable, the editors discuss the Facebook Files, which revealed the considerable influence the CDC wielded in regard to what users were allowed to say on Meta platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For evidence of the president's opposition to school choice, you don't have to look far.
01/25/2023
Biden wants schools that please politicians, not parents

For evidence of the president's opposition to school choice, you don't have to look far.

President Joe Biden's administration says it supports school choice, but only when those choices align with government control.

To avoid demographic and economic decline, the U.S. should embrace its advantage as a nation that attracts more people t...
01/25/2023
What the U.S. should learn from China’s population decline

To avoid demographic and economic decline, the U.S. should embrace its advantage as a nation that attracts more people than it loses.

China's population has declined for the first time in over 60 years. The U.S. can avoid a similar fate by embracing its immigration advantage.

The Libertarian Party has always been fractious, but its infighting has intensified since the Mises Caucus, a faction op...
01/25/2023
How third parties die

The Libertarian Party has always been fractious, but its infighting has intensified since the Mises Caucus, a faction opposed to "wokeism," took control of the organization.

This is what it looks like when a political party's branches start to go their own way.

Priscilla Villarreal, whose presence in Laredo, Texas, is associated with her profanity-laced commentary on law enforcem...
01/25/2023

Priscilla Villarreal, whose presence in Laredo, Texas, is associated with her profanity-laced commentary on law enforcement, was jailed for the crime of asking the government questions, getting answers, and publishing those responses.

That would appear to be a fairly cut-and-dry infringement on her First Amendment rights. Yet, it's a question that has stumped the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in a case that could have far-reaching implications for anyone engaged in journalism, regardless of their political bent.

Read the story: https://reason.pub/3ZUgWv7

Some laws of economics are ironclad. Competition is a natural regulator of economic activity. When demand outweighs supp...
01/25/2023

Some laws of economics are ironclad. Competition is a natural regulator of economic activity. When demand outweighs supply, prices will rise. And when prices rise, a prominent progressive will blame it on corporate greed.

https://reason.pub/3Hv99wu

🎨: Lex Villena

Whoops, we leaked the no-fly list. "We" means CommuteAir, a regional airline whose insecure server, accessed by a Swiss ...
01/25/2023
If we can't abolish the no-fly list, can we at least keep it safe?

Whoops, we leaked the no-fly list.

"We" means CommuteAir, a regional airline whose insecure server, accessed by a Swiss hacker named maia arson crimew, included a file helpfully named NoFly.csv, which turned out to be a 2019 version of the U.S. government's no-fly list.

Reviewing and improving the federal government’s data security and digital defenses should be a priority.

Does federal law shield a religious postal carrier who refuses to work on Sundays? The U.S. Supreme Court will decide.Fo...
01/24/2023

Does federal law shield a religious postal carrier who refuses to work on Sundays? The U.S. Supreme Court will decide.

For more: https://reason.pub/3XSMakj

Florida has had more exonerations of death row inmates than any other state in the country: roughly 1 for every 3 ex****...
01/24/2023
Ron DeSantis says Florida shouldn't require unanimous juries for death sentences

Florida has had more exonerations of death row inmates than any other state in the country: roughly 1 for every 3 ex*****ons carried out. That ought to inspire more humility, not aggressiveness, in deciding when the state should be allowed to kill.

"We can't be in a situation where one person can just derail this," Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told a gathering of law enforcement officials.

46 arrests? Led by Homeland Security? This must have been some sort of major s*x trafficking ring, right? Nope! Just men...
01/24/2023
Another bogus 's*x trafficking sting' led by Homeland Security agents

46 arrests? Led by Homeland Security? This must have been some sort of major s*x trafficking ring, right? Nope! Just men trying to pay for private, consensual s*x.

The Department of Homeland Security is playing vice cop, again, while pretending that the agency is striking a blow against "s*x trafficking."

The government wants to seize more than $2 million from Monica Toth, an 82-year-old woman who the IRS says ran afoul of ...
01/24/2023

The government wants to seize more than $2 million from Monica Toth, an 82-year-old woman who the IRS says ran afoul of documentation guidelines.

The Supreme Court just declined to hear her case: https://reason.pub/3XyFmbP

If you've sent or received money to or from somebody in Mexico, law-enforcement agencies have probably tracked your tran...
01/24/2023
Arizona-led effort spies on Americans’ financial transactions

If you've sent or received money to or from somebody in Mexico, law-enforcement agencies have probably tracked your transactions.

Here's how the Arizona Attorney General's Office launched a national program to track Americans' financial transactions to other countries.

Gov. Katie Hobbs wants to repeal Arizaona's school choice expansion, which last year was lauded as one of the best in th...
01/24/2023

Gov. Katie Hobbs wants to repeal Arizaona's school choice expansion, which last year was lauded as one of the best in the nation: https://reason.pub/3kwmkUV

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