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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North Carolina Legislature Passes Common Core Repeal and Replace Bill

North Carolina Legislature Passes Common Core Repeal and Replace Bill

Last week the North Carolina Senate passed the conference report for SB 812 33-12.  Today the North Carolina House joins them by passing the conference report 71-34.  The bill will repeal and replace the Common Core.  Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) has 10 days to decide whether he will sign it or not. Here is the […]

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Common Core Repeal

Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Common Core Repeal

The Oklahoma Supreme Court affirmed what most of us already knew; yes the Oklahoma State Legislature can repeal education standards.  What hubris do you have to have to think otherwise? The Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 to uphold the the repeal that Governor Fallin signed into law last month.  They only took four hours […]

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Chris Christie’s Do Nothing Executive Order

Chris Christie’s Do Nothing Executive Order

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined a number of other Republican governors (minus Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal) in issuing a do-nothing executive order related to Common Core. As I wrote over at Caffeinated Thoughts earlier this afternoon: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could have done something meaningful to address Common Core, but he didn’t.  Following […]

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Missouri Governor Signs Bill to Review and Replace Common Core

Missouri Governor Signs Bill to Review and Replace Common Core

Gretchen Logue of Missouri Education Watchdog reported late yesterday afternoon that Governor Jay Nixon signed HB 1490 into law.  He had until August 28th to sign the bill or veto the bill.  He could have also let the bill go into effect without his signature.  The bill will keep the Common Core State Standards in […]

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Gates Funding Mainstream Education Reporting

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on July 14, 2014 0 Comments
Gates Funding Mainstream Education Reporting

A friend shared with me this NBC News article on my Facebook wall.  It discussed the #CanISee conference that was held in Austin, TX last month.  It was titled “Meet America’s Most Hardcore Common Core Moms.” While I think most would consider that as a compliment, I’m not sure that the article’s author, Nona Willis […]

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Homeschoolers and Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on July 10, 2014 2 Comments
Homeschoolers and Common Core

Cincinnati.com had a great article called “Homeschoolers take on Common Core reforms.” First they are concerned about the trickle down effect this may have in the future. (Full disclosure: my wife and I homeschool.) Initially, Common Core will have little impact on home-schooled students. But in a few years, when home-schooled teens walk side-by-side with public […]

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Common Core Takes Center Stage in New York Gubernatorial Race

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on July 9, 2014 0 Comments
Common Core Takes Center Stage in New York Gubernatorial Race

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino announced yesterday that he launched an effort for a new ballot line called “Stop Common Core.” PressConnects.com has more: Astorino will look to get 15,000 petition signatures to get the third-party line on the November ballot. It would give the Westchester County executive three lines on the November […]

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New Jersey Senate to Vote on Slowing Common Core on Thursday

New Jersey Senate to Vote on Slowing Common Core on Thursday

Via Asbury Park Press: Gov. Chris Christie may have a bill on his desk by the of the week that delays by at least two years the use of new student assessments linked to the Common Core state standards. The state Senate has scheduled a vote for Thursday afternoon on legislation (A3081) that establishes an […]

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NEA Calls for Arne Duncan’s Resignation

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on July 8, 2014 0 Comments
NEA Calls for Arne Duncan’s Resignation

Over the Independence Day weekend the Representative Assembly at the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual convention held in Denver approved a resolution that called for U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s resignation. Daily Caller has more: Another major factor behind the newly intense hostility to Duncan was his response to the Vergara v. California court ruling […]

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Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform Simulcast Coming Soon

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on July 7, 2014 1 Comment
Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform Simulcast Coming Soon

Glenn Beck is hosting a live primetime simulcast event in 700 movie theaters across the country called “We Will Not Conform: A Night to Make Common Core History” on 7/22 at 8:00p ET.  It will be rebroadcast on 7/29. This simulcast will feature Michelle Malkin, David Barton, as well as many of the grassroots activists […]

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