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Standardized Tests - ProCon.org

Standardized Tests - ProCon.org | DBQ | Scoop.it

93% of studies have found student testing, including the use of large-scale and high-stakes standardized tests, to have a "positive effect" on student achievement, according to a peer-reviewed, 100-year analysis of testing research completed in 2011 by testing scholar Richard P. Phelps. [138]

Standardized tests improve students learning ability by making sure they're ready to take such a high level test. Urban areas are for this.

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A New Course on Medical Marijuana?

A New Course on Medical Marijuana? | DBQ | Scoop.it

“It will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement when he released the new guidelines. But, Mr. Holder said, “we will not tolerate drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law to mask activities that are clearly illegal.”

Both rural and urban areas are two sided on this topic.
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Gun Rights

You can easily obtain a weapon in rural areas without getting checked out for what you got. This video explains how a teenager got his hands on an AK-47 and bought 60,000 rounds and no government agency knew about it. Rural areas are more for owning weapons while urban areas are more against it.

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Abortion, the numbers are closer than you think

Abortion, the numbers are closer than you think | DBQ | Scoop.it
Some prominent pro-choice organizations include Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Abortion Federation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the National Organization for Women. Although many pro-life positions derive from religious ideology, several mainstream faith groups support the pro-choice movement, such as the United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, and the Unitarian Universalist Association. The 2008 Democratic Party Platform (435 KB)  [55] endorsed the pro-choice position, stating, "[We] strongly and unequivocally support Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right." However, approximately 35% of Democrats consider themselves pro-life.  Some prominent pro-life organizations include The National Right to Life Committee, Pro-Life Action League, Operation Rescue, the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Americans United for Life, the National Association of Evangelicals, Family Research Council, Christian Coalition of America, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church). [6] The2008 Republican Party Platform (861 KB)  [56] opposed abortion stating, "[A]t its core, abortion is a fundamental assault on the sanctity of innocent human life. Women deserve better than abortion. Every effort should be made to work with women considering abortion to enable and empower them to choose life." However, about 30% of Republicans are pro-choice. [7] After reading this you can obviously tell that rural areas are more prolife due to their religious background and urban areas are more prochoice.
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Churches and Taxes - ProCon.org

Churches and Taxes - ProCon.org | DBQ | Scoop.it
Should churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, etc remain tax-exempt?

Exempting churches from taxation upholds the separation of church and state embodied by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The US Supreme Court, in a majority opinion written by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger inWalz v. Tax Commission of the City of New York, decided May 4, 1970, stated: "The exemption creates only a minimal and remote involvement between church and state, and far less than taxation of churches. It restricts the fiscal relationship between church and state, and tends to complement and reinforce the desired separation insulating each from the other." [5]

Urban areas are for taxing churches because of seperation of church and state

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9 States with Legal Gay Marriage and 38 States with Same-Sex Marriage Bans - Gay Marriage - ProCon.org

9 States with Legal Gay Marriage and 38 States with Same-Sex Marriage Bans - Gay Marriage - ProCon.org | DBQ | Scoop.it
Details about states where gay marriage is legal and states where same-sex marriage is banned...

This chart shows the states where same sex marriage is legal and where it is not legal. Rural areas are more against gay marriage while urban areas are much more accpeting of it.

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