Civil Rights Groups to Obama: Drop Test-Based Accountability System

Eleven civil rights groups sent a letter on Tuesday urging President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Congressional and State educational leaders to drop the test-based K-12 accountability system.  They join a chorus of parents who are speaking out against the high-stakes testing culture.  Here is the text of the letter. President Obama, Secretary Duncan, […]

Obama Brags About ObamaCore in State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama discussed education in his State of the Union Address last night.  Here are his remarks preK-12 education below: …But none of it will matter unless we also equip our citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs. And that has to start at the earliest possible age. You know, study […]

Michelle Malkin is (Almost) Spot On

Michelle Malkin has made the Common Core State Standards the subject of her syndicated column this week which has been published not only on her own website, but at places like and National Review.  Her first article is the first in a series on the Common Core so perhaps she’ll get to it.  She […]

8th Grade History Teacher: Stop the Common Core

By C.E. White This week, President Obama will be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States of America.  As a history teacher, I was elated to learn he would be placing his hand on two Bibles, one belonging to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the other belonging to President Abraham […]

President Obama Makes a Call….

Here is a strange story out of Idaho.  Julie Nawrocki, who teaches math at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, ID, was called by President Obama to ask her help develop the new testing standards and teaching strategies for schools in the states that are part of the Idaho’s consortium.  Apparently this will take place […]

Stanley Kurtz: Centralized Control of Curriculum Leads to Tyranny

Stanley Kurtz writing at National Review noted that parents are starting to wake up over the push for a national curriculum: Why does President Obama want your child to read “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management” in school? It’s not the business of a president to shape your local school’s reading […]

Arne Duncan in a Second Obama Term

Over at EdWeek Michele McNeil wrote about five issues facing Education Secretary Arne Duncan going into a 2nd Obama term.  I wanted to highlight three of them: First the strings that came along with the No Child Left Behind waivers… Waivers: His crew has approved No Child Left Behind flexibility applications for 34 states plus […]

Criticizing the One They Endorsed

It’s pretty fascinating to see people who fall all over themselves to endorse President Obama criticize him sharply on his education policies. We’re concerned about a federal take over of education where parents and local stakeholders will lose influence over education policy.  They’re afraid of teachers losing their jobs. But Obama’s first term also saw […]