Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana.  Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning.   He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.

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Governor Jindal Doesn’t Have a Seat at the Education Table?

Governor Jindal Doesn’t Have a Seat at the Education Table?

I just read this morning an article in The Advertiser, a Louisiana newspaper, that gave an update on the lawsuit happening over Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s executive order removing the state from PARCC and halting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The attorney representing the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education made […]

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This is Horrible, But It’s Not Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on August 13, 2014 6 Comments
This is Horrible, But It’s Not Common Core

I made the mistake of sharing this story on my Facebook timeline. Post by Shane Vander Hart. I say it was a mistake because people continued to share it without including my warning.  Let me be clear.  This book is awful, and if I were a parent in this district I’d be furious. This article, […]

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Rick Perry Talks Common Core, Race to the Top

Rick Perry Talks Common Core, Race to the Top

I spoke with Texas Governor Rick Perry when he was at a business roundtable in Altoona, IA on Monday.  I asked him about Common Core and Race to the Top.  Perry was one of only two governors at the time to reject Race the Top funds (former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was the other). “It’s […]

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Stop Common Core Ballot Line in New York Delivers Over 62,000 Signatures

Stop Common Core Ballot Line in New York Delivers Over 62,000 Signatures

Stop Common Core in New York State reports that the effort launched by New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino to start a 3rd party Stop Common Core ballot line gathered over 62,000 signatures. They only needed 15,000.  The signatures were submitted today at the New York State Board of Elections in Albany.  They have […]

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RNC Passes Resolutions on APUSH Changes & Stop Common Core Victories

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on August 12, 2014 2 Comments
RNC Passes Resolutions on APUSH Changes & Stop Common Core Victories

The Republican National Committee passed two resolutions concerning education during their summer meeting.  The first deals with the rewrite of the AP U.S. History framework.  This was sponsored by Tamara Scott, National Committeewoman from Iowa, and was written with the help of Jane Robbins from American Principles Project.  It had six co-sponsors and it passed […]

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Bobby Jindal Discusses Common Core Lawsuit

Bobby Jindal Discusses Common Core Lawsuit

I was at the FAMiLY Leadership Summit where Iowans were able get a sneak peak at prospective 2016 presidential candidates.  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal held a press avail after the Summit.  He and I have discussed Common Core before, but I wanted to ask a question about the current lawsuit his office is embroiled in […]

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Rand Paul on Common Core

Rand Paul on Common Core

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was in Iowa earlier this week (yes the 2016 race has really already begun in Iowa).  At his meeting with the Westside Conservative Club held at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale, IA he was asked about the Iowa Core.  Paul clarified saying… “which has the Common Core?” and then proceeds […]

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Common Core Advocacy Goes Violent

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on August 7, 2014 39 Comments
Common Core Advocacy Goes Violent

Nothing says “hey let’s have an open dialogue about Common Core” like a threat of violence. Michael Mulgrew is the president of the United Federation of Teachers, a union for teachers in New York City Schools, who is apparently passionate about the Common Core State Standards. New York Daily News reports that during an hour […]

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Michigan Primary Has One Bright Spot for Common Core Opponents

Michigan Primary Has One Bright Spot for Common Core Opponents

Over all the Michigan Republican Primary yesterday was not a good day for Common Core opponents.  Debbie Debacker of Stop Common Core in Michigan told me yesterday that most of candidates running against Common Core lost. I didn’t track those races, I don’t know all of the players, nor do I know how many were […]

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One Wyoming State Representative’s Walk Doesn’t Match Talk on Common Core

One Wyoming State Representative’s Walk Doesn’t Match Talk on Common Core

There is an incumbent State Representative that has a contested primary in House District 50.  State Representative David Northrup (R-Powell) told Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core in a candidate survey said that he has a working knowledge of the Common Core State Standards and that he is opposed.  He also said that he would consider […]

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