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FOR INSPIRATION: The Backlash Against One-Size-Fits-All Education 

In the last year, opposition against Common Core has grown significantly. Teachers and parents in particular continue to find fault with this one-size-fits-all approach to education. As one commentator correctly points out, “The process wasn’t voluntary at all. States were bribed to accept the standards in hopes of winning money through the federal Race to the Top program.” As a result, states continue to choose to drop out, and even more states are considering moves to reject portions or all of the standards.

FOR MOTIVATION: More Obamacare Cancellations on the Horizon

Obamacare promised to expand coverage, but instead, millions of Americans are losing their health insurance. Americans can expect another wave of cancellations in the next few weeks due to the fact that many current health plans are not compliant with Obamacare. In Virginia alone, Obamacare will be responsible for as many as 250,000 residents losing their health coverage. Americans continue to suffer as a result of this federally mandated approach to healthcare.

FOR FUN: Race Supports Local Industry and Raises Money for Charity 

In Central Kentucky this weekend, thousands of runners will take part in a 200-mile relay race through the heart of bourbon country. Appropriately called the “Bourbon Chase,” not only will this race support one of Kentucky’s signature state industries, but funds raised will also go to support local charities throughout the country.

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