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Common Core Advocacy Goes Violent

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on August 7, 2014 39 Comments
Common Core Advocacy Goes Violent

Nothing says “hey let’s have an open dialogue about Common Core” like a threat of violence. Michael Mulgrew is the president of the United Federation of Teachers, a union for teachers in New York City Schools, who is apparently passionate about the Common Core State Standards. New York Daily News reports that during an hour […]

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Michigan Primary Has One Bright Spot for Common Core Opponents

Michigan Primary Has One Bright Spot for Common Core Opponents

Over all the Michigan Republican Primary yesterday was not a good day for Common Core opponents.  Debbie Debacker of Stop Common Core in Michigan told me yesterday that most of candidates running against Common Core lost. I didn’t track those races, I don’t know all of the players, nor do I know how many were […]

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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Does It Add Up or Down? Part 3

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Does It Add Up or Down? Part 3

Standards for Mathematical Practice The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Table of Contents includes two types of standards. First listed are Standards for Mathematical Practice. Second listed are Standards for Mathematical Content. Before we explore the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP), let’s make a distinction between the SMP and Content standards. The SMP are […]

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Standards Rustling and Rebranding

Standards Rustling and Rebranding

We have now seen at least three distinct styles of rebranding of the Common Core State Standards.  There may be other styles as well as variations of one or more of these styles. You will likely recognize at least one, if not all three of these styles.  It is possible your state matches one of […]

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One Wyoming State Representative’s Walk Doesn’t Match Talk on Common Core

One Wyoming State Representative’s Walk Doesn’t Match Talk on Common Core

There is an incumbent State Representative that has a contested primary in House District 50.  State Representative David Northrup (R-Powell) told Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core in a candidate survey said that he has a working knowledge of the Common Core State Standards and that he is opposed.  He also said that he would consider […]

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Anti-Common Core Candidate Wins Georgia Schools Chief GOP Primary

Anti-Common Core Candidate Wins Georgia Schools Chief GOP Primary

It came down to a recount, and the establishment pro-Common Core guy Mike Buck still lost the primary to anti-Common Core candidate Richard Woods. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Buck requested a recount Tuesday after the initial vote from the July 22 runoff election showed him trailing his opponent by 713 votes out of more than […]

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Lawsuit Against Common Core Filed in Utah

Lawsuit Against Common Core Filed in Utah

The Libertas Institute announced a lawsuit filed against the Utah State Board of Education over the Common Core State Standards.  The lawsuit filed today in Utah’s Third Judicial District Court has six plantiffs, a couple of them who are well known by Truth in American Education readers. They are: Patti Bateman, who was an elementary […]

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The Common Core Needs Unicorns and Rainbows

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on July 30, 2014 6 Comments
The Common Core Needs Unicorns and Rainbows

I had to shake my head reading a piece by Stephanie Simon at Politico entitled “Moms winning the Common Core war.”  The first statement that jumped out at me. But in a series of strategy sessions in recent months, top promoters of the standards have concluded they’re losing the broader public debate — and need […]

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New Common Core Replacement Bill Introduced in Ohio House

New Common Core Replacement Bill Introduced in Ohio House

The Columbus Dispatch reported yesterday that Ohio House Republicans introduced a new bill that would replace the Common Core State Standards. The goal is to pass the bill one week after the November election, when the House reconvenes after breaking in early June, Huffman said. “Speaker (William G.) Batchelder wanted to make clear … and […]

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Recognizing an American Hero: John Saxon

Recognizing an American Hero: John Saxon

Seeking recognition for a hero in mathematics education may be a waste of time since so many Americans’ eyes glaze over at the mere mention of the word “math.” Too many claim they don’t like math, can’t do math, or don’t want even to think about math. (This phenomenon is found only in America. Interestingly, […]

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