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How Common Core Caused Moms to Become Activists

How Common Core Caused Moms to Become Activists

[This article was co-authored by Bonnie O'Neil] School teachers all over the nation are quitting their profession, often due to being forced to abandon what they considered an excellent education system and change to one they consider inferior.   The faulty system they refer to is the new and highly controversial Common Core .  Susan Sluyter recently provided her reason for resigning after 25 years of teaching . She stated “I have watched as my [...]

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See what they’ll be teaching in the Chicago public schools

See what they’ll be teaching in the Chicago public schools

Chicago public schools are set to introduce a new Afro-centric curriculum, according to a closely-guarded copy obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The curriculum covers kindergarten through tenth grade and is designed to align with Common Core. It includes a web link to TheAfrican.com, a website whose publisher decries “fake-Jews” and calls the United States a “Zionist-occupied enemy territory.” The site also claims that the world will end sometime this year and that President [...]

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Dispatching the Al Lawson-Step Up For Students Smear of Paula Dockery

Dispatching the Al Lawson-Step Up For Students Smear of Paula Dockery

Former Florida senator turned education privatization super-lobbyist Al Lawson took his turn at mischaracterizing opponents of the Florida voucher expansion scheme that would enrich the executives who run it. To do so, he needed to misrepresent the words of a former senate colleague. Wrote Lawson of Paula Dockery’s recent opinion piece. My former Senate colleague in this fight, Republican Paula Dockery, said in her column she is worried the scholarships harm public education. However, [...]

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Dear Mike Pence: Don’t pull a Huckabee on Common Core

Dear Mike Pence: Don’t pull a Huckabee on Common Core

As you know from my coverage of Common Core, the Big Government and Big Business alliance that have colluded on this boondoggle have been partners on expanding the federal role in education for a long, long time. And as I’ve pointed out since day one, one of their core strategies has been to rename and rebrand — from Goals 2000 and School to Work to outcome-based education to No Child Left Behind . Flip-flopping [...]

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‘Punished for Teaching Science’: Popular Teacher Suspended for ‘Research and Development of Imitation Weapons’

‘Punished for Teaching Science’: Popular Teacher Suspended for ‘Research and Development of Imitation Weapons’

Greg Schiller’s classroom seems to be a fruitful learning environment. One of his students recently stated , “He’s a really great teacher, and he really cares, he really wants to teach and he loves teaching.” It’s no surprise that he’s such a popular science teacher. It is astonishing, however, that he’s now apparently being punished for making science fun. The Los Angeles Times reports that Schiller, who teaches at the Cortines School of Visual [...]

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The Seperartion of Republican Governors From Jeb Bush on Common Core: A Conservative Awakening

The Seperartion of Republican Governors From Jeb Bush on Common Core: A Conservative Awakening

From the New York Times : Its most outspoken Republican defender, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, is also the most talked-about potential presidential candidate among mainstream party leaders and donors. Mr. Bush has called out some Republicans who have switched positions, drawing what will be a dividing line in the campaign if he or other defenders of the Common Core choose to run. He is joined by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, [...]

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Academica Charter Schools Under Federal Investigation

Academica Charter Schools Under Federal Investigation

From Mary McGrory in the Miami Herald : TALLAHASSEE — The state’s largest charter school management company has come under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Education for potential conflicts of interests in its business practices, federal authorities have confirmed. The Education Department’s Inspector General Office is auditing the South Miami-based Academica Corp. as part of a broader examination of school management companies nationwide. The audit will be complete this summer, department spokeswoman Catherine [...]

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Prepare for outrage: Far left judges allow destruction of college debate clubs because RACISM

Prepare for outrage: Far left judges allow destruction of college debate clubs because RACISM

Several college debate clubs that feature members preoccupied with minority issues have decided the traditional tournament format promotes white privilege. They have responded by refusing to play by the official rules, ignoring time limits and rebutting their opponents with rap and spoken-word poetry. Fawning, sympathetic, liberal judges have of course rewarded such antics. The most recent example came from the March 24th Cross Examination Debate Association, where two Towson University students — identified as black [...]

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Florida Republican Hypocricy Unmasked in Voucher Expansion

Florida Republican Hypocricy Unmasked in Voucher Expansion

Writing in the Gainesville Sun , Alachua County School Board member Eileen Roy points to the numerous contradictions that school vouchers and their legislative enablers  cannot resolve: These schools have little to no accountability and are not required to have certified teachers. As a taxpayer, I do not want my money diverted away from public schools. If parents want their children to attend a private school and pay for it, that is laudable. But taxpayers [...]

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Bradenton mom says ‘no’ to FCAT for her daughter – WFLA News Channel 8

Bradenton mom says ‘no’ to FCAT for her daughter – WFLA News Channel 8

Many children would not take standardized test if they had the choice, but for one Bay area child, her mother made that choice for her. “I didn’t see a value in it,” said Bradenton parent Jeanne Viviani.  Viviani decided last summer she didn’t want her 11-year-old Delaney to take the FCAT this school year. Delaney has learning differences impact her ability to process language. “She required an excessive amount of accommodations. In order for [...]

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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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