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Cn u rd this and Inventive Spelling

The above graphic is from Your 1st grader’s writing under Common Core Standards.   The article explains that ‘invented spelling’ is acceptable because the purpose of writing is communication.  It’s the process of writing, not really the mechanics of learning correct grammar.  Here’s the example of ‘invented spelling’ referenced above ...
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Digital Badges For Total Privatization of Education

  Workforce Badging. ACT Workkeys Credentialing. Data Collection. Privatization. Trade In Services Agreements. How are these related? We have written extensively about how data gathering on students is meant to serve the needs of a planned workforce and economy. The uniform collection of data even serves the desire ...
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Study Says “Worry Less About Those High School Courses”

  Every parent wants their child to succeed. Ok, mostly we want to make sure they have what it takes to get out of our house. Those of us who sent our kids to public school rely on the school system to tell us whether they are getting ...
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Melinda Gates Won’t Give Up Misguided Course to Remake American Education

    Translation: Melinda Gates believes The Gates Foundation made a mistake in deciding to support The Common Core State Standards Initiative that bypassed state legislatures and voters because the PR talking points weren’t effective. In this Washington Post article she doesn’t address and ignores that representative governmental ...
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Claremont students refuse to live with whites

  Campus Reform by Elliot Dordick (The Claremont Independent) A group of students at the Claremont Colleges in search of a roommate insist that the roommate not be white. Student Karé Ureña (PZ ’18) posted on Facebook that non-white students in need of housing arrangements should reach out ...
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Common Core Cheerleading Group Gets Mult-Million Dollar Gates Foundation Grant

Lady Liberty 1885 by A. P. Dillon An education non-profit known for recruiting teachers to promote Common Core in the political arena has received a large grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In June of 2016, Hope Street Group received a grant for $2,650,003 for the ...
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NGO Directed Education Reform: What Happens When Historical Knowledge is Lost & Laws Don’t Matter – Missouri Education Watchdog

When studying Common Core States Standards Initiative and current educational reforms, it is imperative to understand why Federal mandates supersede states’ educational policies.  The politicians have forgotten/ignored the purpose of government and now mandate and/or legislate policies allowing the eradication of the rights of the people.  Instead of protecting ...
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New York State Opt-out and the ESSA Title I Showdown

    deutsch29 by Mercedes Schneider On August 01, 2016, the New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) offered this press release regarding New York students in grades 3 through 8 opting out of the state’s Common Core-associated tests in math and English language arts (ELA). The ...
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Charlotte Supt. Clark Halts Moving Forward With Transgender Facilities Policy

Lady Liberty 1885 by A. P. Dillon Despite House Bill 2, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district (CMS) had every intent of moving forward with plans to implement a transgender facilities policy, however all of that has been put on hold. BREAKING: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark sites SOTUS stay ...
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A Back to School Checklist- opt out and data privacy

Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker     Astonishing amounts of student and family data are being collected and stored online by schools and this data is also shared. Sharing your child’s personal information outside of the school should be your decision, students should be able to control their own data, but alas, they can not.  ...
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DESE Regional Meetings Coming This Fall

Mark your calendar and be sure to attend DESE’s regional meetings to let them know what you think is most important in education in Missouri. http://dese.mo.gov/quality-schools/2016-regional-meetings Join us for an engaging conversation about what you think matters most in Missouri public education. Please encourage administrators, principals, teachers, parents, ...
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Durham School Board Considers Changes to Meeting Policies to Accommodate BLM Activist

Lady Liberty 1885 by A. P. Dillon The Durham county school board has apparently considered changing its meeting attendance policies in order to accommodate members choosing to engage in activist events over board meetings. The Center for Digital Ed’s report reiterated Wake County School Board ‘making history’  with ...
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Follow the Money: Does it lead to Russia and a Reset of American Education?

Missouri Education Watchdog by Gretchen Logue and Cheri Kiesecker Do you ever wonder what’s driving this data-driven, education reform?  It certainly isn’t coming from the parents or the teachers, those closest to the students. Teachers and parents seem to have lost all control of  how and what is taught. ...
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Lunchtime in a Japanese School: Optimum Lessons in Character Education?

  In the quest for equity and creating the best human capital the workforce of the 21st century requires, character education classes to align to Common Core standards/assessments requiring new/additional teacher professional development are occurring in school districts around the country.  For your reading pleasure, peruse this 2500 ...
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