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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South Carolina Taking Steps to Withdraw from Smarter Balanced

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on April 4, 2014 0 Comments
South Carolina Taking Steps to Withdraw from Smarter Balanced

Thursday afternoon District Superintendents in South Carolina Public Schools received a memo from Dr. Nancy Busbee, the Deputy Superintendent in the Accountability Department at the South Carolina Department of Education.  She said that the department is taking steps to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  School districts are to suspend any Smarter Balanced Assessment […]

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Want to See What Data Nevada Collects On Your Kids? Just Pay $10K

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Want to See What Data Nevada Collects On Your Kids?  Just Pay $10K

John Eppolito is a Stop Common Core activist in Nevada.  He asked a couple of months ago to see what data was collected on his four children by the Nevada State Department of Education.  The cost for him to receive that information is staggering.  Below is the email thread between him and Judy Osgood, the […]

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Dad Chastises Louisiana House Education Committee for Common Core Vote

Dad Chastises Louisiana House Education Committee for Common Core Vote

The Louisiana House Education committee on Tuesday scrapped HB 558 introduced by State Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metarie) on a 12-7 vote.  The bill would have prohibited PARCC from being administered and provided for the continuation of the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program tests and the standards on which those tests are based.  They also voted down […]

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U.S. Chamber: It’s Time for the Common Core Propaganda to Begin

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 3, 2014 2 Comments
U.S. Chamber: It’s Time for the Common Core Propaganda to Begin

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its pro-Common Core video, “It’s Time for the Common Core State Standards” to counter HSLDA’s release of their documentary on the Common Core called Building the Machine.  CCSSO, in an email to members, described this video as a “mini-documentary.”  Carissa Miller of CCSSO said that it will  “provide the […]

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Over 30,000 Students Refuse New York Common Core Assessments

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on April 3, 2014 2 Comments
Over 30,000 Students Refuse New York Common Core Assessments

As of 12:05 (EDT) on April 3rd 30,458 students have opted out of the Common Core-Aligned assessments being administered this week.  You can see the spreadsheet here. Wow. There is a network of volunteers who are tracking parents reports that they had opted their children out of the assessment.  According to Joy Pullmann there are […]

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Help Recruit Cosigners for Grassley and King’s Common Core Defunding Letters

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 2, 2014 1 Comment
Help Recruit Cosigners for Grassley and King’s Common Core Defunding Letters

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) needs our help.  He is leading the charge in the U.S. Senate to defund the Common Core State Standards.  He is looking for co-signers for a letter that will be sent to the leaders of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee – Senators Tom Harkin […]

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Building The Machine: A Must See

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Building The Machine: A Must See

I concur with Joy Pullmann, educrats do not want you watching Building The Machine as they already had their spin machines kicked into high gear even prior to its release on Monday.  HSLDA did a terrific job putting this documentary together.  I was impressed with the attempt HSLDA made to interview proponents of the Common […]

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New York Gubernatorial Candidate: My Kids Will Opt-Out of Common Core Tests

New York Gubernatorial Candidate: My Kids Will Opt-Out of Common Core Tests

Rob Astorino (R), a Westchester County Executive, is running against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo (D).  He just announced yesterday that he and his wife will opt their children out from the Common Core-aligned test being given today in New York schools. “Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of New York children, from third through eighth grade, will […]

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Schools’ Bad Behavior Toward Parents Seeking Assessment Opt-Out

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on March 31, 2014 0 Comments
Schools’ Bad Behavior Toward Parents Seeking Assessment Opt-Out

It seems that some schools are not handling parents seeking to opt their students out of assessments, in particular Common Core-aligned assessments, very well. I reported on Friday at Caffeinated Thoughts that a California mom, Katherine Duran,  was literally “suspended” from her school for 14 days after a brief conversation with her son’s principal.  She […]

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UT Gov. Herbert Reveals IN Gov. Pence’s Knowledge of Common Core Rebranding

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on March 31, 2014 0 Comments
UT Gov. Herbert Reveals IN Gov. Pence’s Knowledge of Common Core Rebranding

Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT) was gave his March press conference.  He was asked a question by Robert Gehrke of the Salt Lake Tribune about the Common Core repeal bill that was signed in Indiana.  Governor Herbert’s answer revealed that Pence is aware Indiana is simply rebranding, not rewriting, the Common Core. Robert Gehrke (Salt Lake […]

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