Education at State Level

The Verdict Is Still Out: Indiana Releases Final Draft of New Standards

The Verdict Is Still Out: Indiana Releases Final Draft of New Standards

Indiana release the final draft of their new proposed academic standards.  You can read them here.  You can seen national evaluator input into the previous draft here.  Evaluators included: Dr. Sandra Stotsky – E/LA Dr. Terrence Moore, Hillsdale College – E/LA Joanne Eresh of Achieve – E/LA Dr. James Milgram of Stanford University – Math […]

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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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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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Common Core State Standards Not Nevada’s Creation

Common Core State Standards Not Nevada’s Creation

By Karen Briske & Christina Leventis State-led, state-led, no really it was state-led! How many times have “We the People” been told the Common Core State Standards c. 2010 was a state-led process? How many times have “We the People” been told the adoption of the standards were voluntary (which, of course, begs the question […]

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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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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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The Way I See HB3399 And The Common Core Fight In Oklahoma

The Way I See HB3399 And The Common Core Fight In Oklahoma

That’s it.  Right there in that box.  That’s how I see HB3399 and the Common Core fight in Oklahoma. I see nothing but red. When I started trying to fight Common Core years ago, I remember being gullible enough to believe that because Common Core wasn’t right, it was stoppable.  I remember being looked over, […]

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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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Common Core is for the Birds

Common Core is for the Birds

You may (or may not) have heard about the current news surrounding Kansas and the lesser prairie chicken…. Kansas will join lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened EXCERPT: Kansas will join a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, […]

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Missouri Teacher Testifies About Intimidation She Suffered for Common Core Opposition

Missouri Teacher Testifies About Intimidation She Suffered for Common Core Opposition

We need more teachers like Susan Kimball.  Kimball is a 20-year veteran teaching Kindergarten at Sikeston Public School District.  She testified that she has suffered from bullying and intimidation since she began speaking out against the Common Core State Standards. Duane Lester at The Missouri Torch recounted her testimony before the Missouri Senate Education Committee […]

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