Thousands of Colorado 12th Graders Opt-Out of New Assessment


More than 5,000 Colorado 12th graders opted out of a new state-mandated science and social studies assessment last week. Here are some excerpts of local coverage: Chalkbeat Colorado: Instead of taking the state’s science and social studies tests, seniors at Fairview High School (in Boulder) braved below-zero temperatures to rally against a testing system they […]

Bill Filed in Kentucky House to Repeal Common Core and NGSS


Kentucky State Representative Thomas Kerr (R-Taylor Mill) prefiled a bill in the Kentucky House back in September that would repeal the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards in the state of Kentucky. Here is the language of the bill.  AN ACT relating to public school standards. Create a new section to KRS […]

Jindal to Join Louisiana Lawmakers’ Common Core Lawsuit


The battle over Common Core rages on in the Bayou State as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal filed paperwork to join several state lawmakers who are suing the state department of education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported late last week. “We are excited about the governor joining our […]

South Dakota Parents Push Back Against Common Core Math


I read an interesting article in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader yesterday.  It was focused on how parents in the Sioux Falls, SD school district were fighting back against the Common Core Math Standards through pulling their kids out to homeschool. That is probably the best thing that can be said about Common Core – […]

Common Core Repeal Bill in Ohio Moves Out of Committee


House Bill 597, a Common Core repeal bill, passed out of the Ohio House Rules Committee on a 7-2 vote. The Columbus Dispatch reports: House Bill 597 would eliminate math and English/language arts standards and replace them for three years with standards from Massachusetts that were in place before that state adopted Common Core. New […]

Washington Democrat Group Passes Resolution Opposing Common Core


The Washington State 46th Legislative District Democrats passed a resolution at their meeting on October 16th opposing the Common Core State Standards.  The group requests that the Washington Legislature withdraw from the Common Core State Standards and reclaim state sovereignty in K-12 education.  I was told the resolution was soundly passed. Below is the resolution […]

Andrew Cuomo Says He’ll Delay Using Common Core Scores for Five Years


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a campaign ad yesterday that he will delay using Common Core assessment scores for five years and then only if New York children are ready.  He even took flak from his Democratic primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout who opposed Common Core, Teachout earned 1/3 of the vote in New […]

(Video) Parents and Teachers Speak Out Against Common Core in SW Louisiana


This video wasn’t available when I blogged about the town hall attended by 800 concerned parents and citizens in Calcasieu Parish.  State Representative Brett Geymann who helped organize the event released a video late last week of some teachers and parents speaking at it.  It’s worth watching (and sharing). HT: Louisiana Core

800 Attend Common Core Forum in SW Louisiana


KPEL 96.5 FM in Louisiana reports that approximately 800 residents attended a Common Core forum held at Sam Houston High School in Calcasieu Parish. The meeting was attended by Calcasieu Parish School System officials, as well as Board of Elementary of Secondary Education members and members of the area’s legislative delegation. State. Rep. Brett Geymann, […]

Shock Poll: 56% of Tennessee Teachers Want to Abandon Common Core


The Tennessean reports that a majority of teachers now oppose the Common Core State Standards. I’m sure that’s just because of misconceptions they have right? I mean really how will Fordham and other advocates spin this? We are not talking a small number of teachers surveyed either. 27,000 teachers were polled by the Tennessee Consortium […]