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Wisconsin Grassroots Leaders to Elected Officials: You Now Own Common Core

Wisconsin Grassroots Leaders to Elected Officials: You Now Own Common Core

An open letter that was signed by 45 grassroots leaders across the state representing 42 organizations was delivered to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and every member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and Wisconsin State Senate today. Here is the text of the letter: At the beginning of April, the Wisconsin State Legislature concluded its 2014 […]

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This Common Core Critic Is Still Charged Up

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 21, 2014 0 Comments
This Common Core Critic Is Still Charged Up

On April 14, American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess and Mike McShane charged me in a blog on National Review Online with not coming up with “next steps” to “repeal and replace” for states that want to restore academic integrity to their K-12 curriculum in English language arts and mathematics. I’m almost but not quite exhausted […]

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Verdict Is In: The Final Draft of Indiana Proposed Standards Stink

Verdict Is In: The Final Draft of Indiana Proposed Standards Stink

Ok some folks are now weighing in on the final draft of Indiana’s proposed academic standards that was released earlier this week. Dr. Terrence Moore of Hillsdale College needs to let loose and tell us how he really feels about the ELA standards, don’t hold back!  No, just kidding, he writes a no-holds-barred review, and […]

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Tennessee House Delays PARCC Testing for One Year

Tennessee House Delays PARCC Testing for One Year

The Nashville Post calls a recent 86-8 vote in the Tennessee House to delay PARCC testing by one year a small victory.  I agree it is small, has loopholes which may render this bill ineffective, and it provides another example of real change is being stonewalled often by Republican leadership.  Tennessee isn’t alone in having […]

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Two Local School Boards Object to the Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 17, 2014 0 Comments
Two Local School Boards Object to the Common Core

Yesterday there were two local school boards in separate states that are standing against the Common Core State Standards. In Guthrie, OK the school board there passed a resolution stating they want the Common Core repealed on their state.  KOKH TV (Fox) in Oklahoma City reports: A large school district fires a shot against common […]

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The Verdict Is Still Out: Indiana Releases Final Draft of New Standards

The Verdict Is Still Out: Indiana Releases Final Draft of New Standards

Indiana release the final draft of their new proposed academic standards.  You can read them here.  You can seen national evaluator input into the previous draft here.  Evaluators included: Dr. Sandra Stotsky – E/LA Dr. Terrence Moore, Hillsdale College – E/LA Joanne Eresh of Achieve – E/LA Dr. James Milgram of Stanford University – Math […]

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Common Core Taking a Beating in Oklahoma Statehouse and Campaign Trail

Common Core Taking a Beating in Oklahoma Statehouse and Campaign Trail

It is not a done deal yet.  Earlier this month the Oklahoma Senate passed HB3399 on a 37 to 10 vote.  The Oklahoma House will need to consider the Senate amendments, and then it needs to go onto Governor Mary Fallin.  They will need to also consider the testing that they do.  Oklahoma pulled out […]

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Common Core Critics Are Not Just Saying No

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 15, 2014 0 Comments
Common Core Critics Are Not Just Saying No

Frederick M. Hess & Michael McShane wrote an an article for National Review yesterday.  They contend that we must develop our own state-level versions of “repeal and replace.” Duh.  Thanks for stating the obvious.  We’ve got a regular Sherlock and Dr. Watson duo here. It’s quite apparent the esteemed gentlemen from American Enterprise Institute have […]

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Colorado English Teacher Resigns In Part Over Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 14, 2014 0 Comments
Colorado English Teacher Resigns In Part Over Common Core

All teachers just love Common Core right?  No, further evidence that there is not 100% consensus on the part of classroom teachers.  We would probably see more speak out if teachers were not placed under gag orders with their jobs threatened. Pauline Hawkins, an English teacher at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, CO, resigned […]

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Colorado State Board of Ed Asks Legislature to Repeal PARCC Mandate

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on April 11, 2014 0 Comments
Colorado State Board of Ed Asks Legislature to Repeal PARCC Mandate

The Colorado State Board of Education on Thursday asked the legislature to repeal a statute that requires Colorado schools to participate in PARCC. From the Colorado Department of Education news release highlighting the meeting: A diverse panel including Susana Cordova, chief academic officer, Denver Public Schools; Bruce Hoyt, St. Charles Capital and board member, Colorado […]

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