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Everybody’s losing the Common Core battle in Indiana

Everybody’s losing the Common Core battle in Indiana

Common Core supporters and opponents agree Indiana’s newest standards are worse than either the state’s old standards or the Common Core.  The state has been working for months on a set of standards to replace Common Core, and released a final draft this week. Gov. Mike Pence officially rejected the Common Core standards in March, but gave the state until July 1 to adopt a replacement set of standards. The Fordham Institute, a strong advocate [...]

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Jeb Bush, Rick Scott and former Gov. Martinez: FL Senate should vote on DREAMer tuition bill

Jeb Bush, Rick Scott and former Gov. Martinez: FL Senate should vote on DREAMer tuition bill

From a press release: TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott and former Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez advocated for lowering tuition by advancing SB 1400, which would allow all Florida students, regardless of their background, to qualify for the in-state tuition rate. Governor Scott said, “Students who have spent their childhood here in Florida deserve to qualify for the same in-state tuition rate at universities their peers and classmates do. We want our [...]

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Missouri Coalition Against Common Core Legislation Moves Forward

Missouri Coalition Against Common Core Legislation Moves Forward

The Emery/Lamping merged Common Core bill, now known as simply SB79, was voted do pass by the Senate Education Committee 10:0 on Wednesday. Chairman Pearce’s SB815 was also voted out of committee. This bill primarily dealt with the need for student data protection, but was amended prior to passage to include the amendments added to HB1490 last week. The specific language from those amendments was not exactly the same as the amendments made in [...]

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Meet the New FCAT, Same as the Old FCAT

Meet the New FCAT, Same as the Old FCAT

Sunshine State News reporter Allison Nielson writes of FCATs last year with a paradox: “Parting is such sweet sorrow — sort of.” And also this: After a dramatic drop in FCAT writing scores in 2012, the State Board of Education altered Florida’s grading formula to assess schools on the percentage of students whose essays earned a 3 or better. In 2011, the formula last year graded schools on the percentage that scored at least [...]

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Proposed Common Core standards omit ‘liberty’ from list of America’s founding principles

Proposed Common Core standards omit ‘liberty’ from list of America’s founding principles

ALBANY, N.Y.  – Common Core is only related to English and math, as some “conservative” proponents say. Yeah, riiiiight. The state of New York is currently proposing a set of Common Core social studies standards for kindergarten through 8 th grade students. Among the standards is how students will learn about the history of America. On page 32, the draft document deals with “civic ideals and practices.” “The United States is founded on the [...]

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United Front in Jacksonville Opposes Field Test Folly

United Front in Jacksonville Opposes Field Test Folly

Decrying what they call an untested test, leaders in Duval schools and teachers union — and some parents — urged voters Wednesday to flood state legislators’ phones and emails this week, urging them to slow down on some of the punitive aspects of the state’s new tests. Duval teachers union president Terrie Brady, three school board members and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti called a press conference Wednesday, saying the new tests that will replace Florida’s [...]

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Police Remove Parents From School Grounds Over Opt Out, Threatened with Trespass

Police Remove Parents From School Grounds Over Opt Out, Threatened with Trespass

IMPORTANT READ OUT OF MARIETTA, GEORGIA! Marietta, Georgia Public Schools.  Tracey and Mary Finney, parents of two children enrolled in the Marietta Public Schools were asked to meet with the principal after they had e-mailed an opt out form for the CRCT Test the prior day.  When the parents arrived, the principal did not come out of their office, but instead they were met with a police officer.   The officer asked the parents [...]

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American Minute – April 17, 1790 – Benjamin Franklin Dies.

American Minute – April 17, 1790 – Benjamin Franklin Dies.

  William J. Federer, American Minute On APRIL 17, 1790, the son of a poor candle-maker died. The 15th of 17 children, he apprenticed as a printer and published a popular almanac. He retired at age 42, then taught himself five languages, invented the rocking chair, bifocal glasses and the lighting rod, which earned him […]

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Disabled student legally convicted for recording the bullies that tormented him

Disabled student legally convicted for recording the bullies that tormented him

McDONALD, Pa. – Some of the stuff that goes on in public schools is truly unbelievable. Consider the experience of South Fayette High School parent Shea Love, whose developmentally disabled son had repeatedly told her of violent, foul-mouthed bullies who were tormenting him at school. “I wanted her (Love) to understand what I went through. Like, it wasn’t like I was over exaggerating it. I wasn’t lying. It was really happening. I was really [...]

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Equality in Discipline

Equality in Discipline

"Engineering Evil" is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It’s a story of Nazi Germany’… Read More. There are several race and sex issues that need addressing. Let’s look at a few of them with an ear to these questions:… Read More. Some statements and arguments are so asinine that you’d have to be an academic or a leftist to take them seriously.… Read More. George Leef, director of research for [...]

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[Teacher] Combat Diaries #3: Sent into battle without a gun

[Teacher] Combat Diaries #3: Sent into battle without a gun

This is the third entry in Dana R. Casey’s  series. This morning I climbed four flights of stairs to start my school day. The climb is a struggle, not just because I am not in the shape that I used to be, but because I am lugging three packs of printer paper and half a gallon of water, all purchased by me. I must climb these four flights because, as usual, the elevator is out [...]

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Rick Scott’s 2012 FCAT Rankings Show Poverty Matters

Rick Scott’s 2012 FCAT Rankings Show Poverty Matters

Ocala Star-Banner editor Brad Rogers remind his readers of Rick Scott’s ill-fated 2012 release of FCAT rankings by district, and he’s not attempted that stunt since. Scathing Purple Musings speculated that the decision was a strictly political one and a response to California governor Jerry Brown’s turn-down on high-stakes tests. So why hasn’t Scott released the ranks again? Maybe it’s because the data clearly shows that poverty matter no matter how much you hold [...]

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Peabody School Committee: Ed Commissioner’s Common Core Role ‘Breach of Trust’

Peabody School Committee: Ed Commissioner’s Common Core Role ‘Breach of Trust’

The Peabody School Committee has called for the investigation of a Massachusetts education commissioner who simultaneously serves as national chair of PARCC, one of the Common Core testing consortia. The committee calls the dual role a conflict of interest. Mitchell Chester is both the Commissioner of the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education in Massachusetts and the national chair of the governing board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers [...]

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Common Core’s Achieve, Inc. Far From Bi-Partisan

Common Core’s Achieve, Inc. Far From Bi-Partisan

Despite absurdly biased lessons and texts created by Common Core partner organizations surfacing daily, proponents of the initiative still shamelessly hold tight to their assertion that CCSS is a state-led initiative that leverages no political or social agenda. Apparently, we’re all expected to blindly buy into the notion that more than two dozen states came together in kumbaya-fashion, for the sake of the children, of course, to create ‘higher standards’ – with no political divisions or public discourse over the usual contested issues of quality, content, testing, regulation, or accountability. First of all, our biggest [...]

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