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PostSubject: Scott Walker's New Jobs Plan: Abstinence-Only Education   11/17/2011, 1:34 pm

Proving yet again that Republican's don't give a flying fuck about the economy, and are only using the opportunity to push their radical social agenda.

Scott Walker's New Jobs Plan: Abstinence-Only Education

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Wisconsin is facing a jobs crisis. The state's official unemployment rate, down to 7.1 percent in January, has risen to 7.8 percent since Republican Gov. Scott Walker took office. But Walker and the GOP-led Legislature have a plan: First, they curtailed collective-bargaining rights and threatened to lay off government workers, including teachers, cops, and firefighters. Then Walker called a special jobs-focused session of the Legislature, which he dubbed "Back to Work Wisconsin," to pass even more "job-creating" laws. At the top of the jobs agenda? Gutting the state's sex ed standards and replacing them with abstinence-only education.

A bill launched during Walker's jobs session and nearing passage in the Legislature would repeal significant portions of the state law that requires schools to provide comprehensive, scientifically accurate, and age-appropriate sex ed. On Wednesday, the state Assembly's education committee is scheduled to consider whether it should join the Wisconsin Senate, which approved the bill on November 2, in voting for repeal. Republicans hold big majorities on the education committee and the Assembly overall, so the bill is expected to pass easily.

"They say nothing's a bigger priority than the economy and jobs," says state Rep. Gordon Hintz, a Democrat who sits on the committee that will take up the repeal bill on Wednesday. "But the legislation that's actually passed has been the ultimate social agenda."

Republicans hope to remove the part of the current law, also known as the Healthy Youth Act, that requires schools to teach about "the health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods" in discussion of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The repeal legislation also strikes a portion of the law that recommends schools teach about "puberty, pregnancy, parenting, body image, and gender stereotypes." Instead, the new law would require instructors to "identify the skills necessary to remain abstinent" for their students.

Previous attempts at teaching Wisconsin students "the skills necessary to remain abstinent" have failed spectacularly. A study released in 2009 by the state's Division of Public Health found that 45 percent of Wisconsin's teenagers said they are sexually active. Nearly 40 percent of them said that they had not used a condom the last time they had sex. "We knew what the problem was," says Lisa Subeck, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin. "The problem was that we have teens engaging in unprotected sex and risky behavior."

Following up on my post here, this is simply ludicrous. Abstinence-only is a demonstrable failure as policy and as such doesn't pass even the most cursory cost/benefit analysis. This is an embarrassment to Walker, the GOP, and any fiscally-minded Republican.

Any honest and rational conservatives/Republicans should be outraged, but much like R.O.U.S.'s, I don't think they exist.
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PostSubject: Re: Scott Walker's New Jobs Plan: Abstinence-Only Education   11/17/2011, 6:21 pm

Hopefully this clown will be shown the door...
Effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker gets 50,000 signatures, organizer says
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Updated: 11/17/2011 04:52:59 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. - A spokeswoman for the coalition working to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker says they have collected 50,000 signatures in 48 hours.

United Wisconsin spokeswoman Meagan Mahaffey told The Associated Press today that the numbers are slightly ahead of their expectations.

Recall organizers need to average 9,000 signatures a day to get the 540,000 needed to force a recall election of Walker. They want to go well above that number, however, in case some signatures are invalidated.

The recall drive began Tuesday and the deadline for returning the signatures is Jan. 17.

Mahaffey says more than 20,000 people have downloaded petitions from the group's website.
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PostSubject: Re: Scott Walker's New Jobs Plan: Abstinence-Only Education   11/28/2011, 9:14 pm

301,214 recall sigs as of today
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PostSubject: Re: Scott Walker's New Jobs Plan: Abstinence-Only Education   11/29/2011, 12:16 am

Artie60438 wrote:
301,214 recall sigs as of today

Wow. That's impressive. If it continues at this pace, they should have enough signatures within a couple of weeks!
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