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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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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Peabody School Committee Calls Mitchell Chester’s Role with PARCC a Conflict of Interest

Peabody School Committee Calls Mitchell Chester’s Role with PARCC a Conflict of Interest

The Peabody School Committee member Dave McGeney called into question Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s role on the PARCC governing board.  Chester is in his third year as national chairman for the board.  The committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to send the following correspondencce to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Chester, Attorney General Martha Coakley, the […]

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Peggy Noonan: Jeb Bush’s “Dynasty” Less of a Problem Than Education Views

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 11, 2014 2 Comments
Peggy Noonan: Jeb Bush’s “Dynasty” Less of a Problem Than Education Views

Peggy Noonan writes at the Wall Street Journal that Jeb Bush’s “dynasty” will be less of a problem than his education views should he run for President in 2016. An excerpt: Jeb Bush’s real problem, and not just with members of the tea party, is his early and declared support for the Common Core national […]

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Stephen Colbert: Common Core Confusion

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 10, 2014 0 Comments
Stephen Colbert: Common Core Confusion

Stephen Colbert’s “report” on the Common Core made me laugh out loud.  It’s great to see the Stop Common Core fight make it to Comedy Central. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive    

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Wyoming: A Time Sensitive Petition for Your Science Standards

Wyoming: A Time Sensitive Petition for Your Science Standards

Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core sent this email out to its members yesterday. TIME-SENSITIVE Petition for Science Standards The State Board of Education meets on Friday, April 11th in Casper.  They will be discussing the science standards for Wyoming students.  Despite the Legislature and Governor passing a budget amendment (see page 188 of PDF) to […]

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Hoosier Moms Discuss Common Core on Patriot Voices Radio

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on April 9, 2014 0 Comments
Hoosier Moms Discuss Common Core on Patriot Voices Radio

Erin Tuttle and Heather Crossin of Hoosiers Against Common Core were guests on Patriot Voices Radio yesterday to discuss the Common Core State Standards.  You can listen in below: Check Out Politics Conservative Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Patriot Voices Radio on BlogTalkRadio  

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Brownback’s Lack of Leadership on Common Core Defunding

Brownback’s Lack of Leadership on Common Core Defunding

The Kansas Senate on Thursday night voted to defund the Common Core State Standards after an amendment to the school finance bill overwhelmingly. The Lawrence Journal-World reports: The Kansas Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday night to prohibit schools from spending money to implement the Common Core standards for reading and math. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. […]

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