"Banning the Box"

If you were hiring a worker, would it be important to know whether an applicant had been to prison?

Apparently, the federal government doesn’t think that information is relevant.

The Obama administration has issued yet another executive order called “banning the box,” which instructs all federal government agencies not to require applicants to admit they had a criminal history on their job applications.

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Houston Voters Speak Up

Houston voters turned out last week to reject an ordinance that would have established protections from discrimination for gay and transgender residents. The ordinance would have made it illegal to discriminate against “protected characteristics” such as sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Opponents of the measure argued that the gender identity protection would allow sexual predators to use women’s bathrooms.

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Department of Education Spending Up, Scores Down

Imagine you started a job in 2008 and by 2015 you increased your spending by $21 billion, but your work was substandard and your performance was poor. Do you think you should be allowed to continue to do the job?

The Department of Education thinks it should not only continue but also expand! Their 2008 budget was $56 billion. The most recent budget was $77 billion—an increase of $21 billion.

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Locker Room Battles

The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights found "a preponderance of evidence" that Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois, violated Title IX by barring a transgender student from using the girls' locker room.

That’s right. A high school violates federal law if it bars a transgender student from using the girls’ locker room!

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