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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The Cherokee County School Board in Georgia recently had a discussion about whether or not to have a citizen committee study the Common Core State Standards – both the pros and cons. It was quickly shot down by the Board Chair and Superintendent (does this guy even have a vote? He shouldn't.). The Cherokee Tribune [...]
This is interesting. From The Marietta Daily Journal: State Schools Superintendent John Barge is coming to Cobb County on Saturday to address concerns about the controversial Common Core standards. The announcement of Barge’s visit to Cobb comes on the heels of a 4-3 vote by the Cobb Board of Education last week to reject the [...]
From Ed Week: Widespread technical failures and interruptions of recent online testing in a number of states have shaken the confidence of educators and policymakers in high-tech assessment methods and raised serious concerns about schools’ technological readiness for the coming common-core online tests. The glitches arose as many districts in the 46 states that have [...]
Via the Washington Post: “The Common Core is in trouble,” said Randi Weingarten, the union president who is slated to speak Tuesday in New York about the issue. “There is a serious backlash in lots of different ways, on the right and on the left.” Weingarten is concerned that states are rushing out tests based [...]
Governor Nathan Deal (R-GA) is not sure why the Republican National Committee passed a resolution against the Common Core State Standards. He believes they are a state-led effort and they make sense. The Marietta Daily Journal reported Friday that Governor Deal was asked about the Common Core State Standards at a bill signing in Cobb [...]
Yes, you read that headline right. From the Girl Scout website as reported by Answer Sheet: The Web site says: The Common Core Standards, developed and approved in 2010 by a bipartisan group of governors and educators, provide a shared framework for learning and teaching objectives specifically for English Language Arts and Mathematics for most [...]
Kansans Against Common Core sent me an update over the weekend about efforts to revive HB 2289 that was shot down in the Kansas House Committee on Education back in March. Senator Susan Wagle, President of the Senate has stated her opposition to Common Core at a presentation she gave on Friday. This is good [...]
A quick update. The Indiana House of Representatives voted to pass HB 1427 on a 53 to 42 vote. This puts the implementation of the Common Core on hold until a fiscal impact study is done and the State Board of Education holds a public hearing in each Congressional District. Now it goes to Governor [...]
Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh was confused about who was right so he single-handedly killed Alabama’s anti-Common Core bill.