NGA Chair Gov. Mary Fallin Target of Campaign to End Common Core

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American Principles Project, Eagle Forum, Concerned Women for America, Home School Legal Defense Association and several other grassroots conservative groups launched a campaign urging the Chair of the National Governors Association, Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK), to end the Common Core State Standards Initiative.  The NGA, along with the Council of Chief State School Officers, are […]

Common Core State Standards Not Nevada’s Creation

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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 […]

U.S. Chamber: It’s Time for the Common Core Propaganda to Begin

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its pro-Common Core video, “It’s Time for the Common Core State Standards” to counter HSLDA’s release of their documentary on the Common Core called Building the Machine.  CCSSO, in an email to members, described this video as a “mini-documentary.”  Carissa Miller of CCSSO said that it will  “provide the […]

A Formal Response to the CCSSO Letter on Student Data Privacy

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36 groups in 26 states co-signed this letter written by Dr. Karen Effrem, President of Education Liberty Watch and co-founder of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, in response to a letter that members of the Council of Chief State School Officers sent to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.  Since Truth in American Education is […]

Wait! Weren’t We Told the Common Core Was Initiated By “The States”?

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We’ve been told by Common Core advocates that they were developed by “the states.”  The Huffington Post on Friday published a defense of the Common Core, and they have a historical overview of the Common Core’s development.  We learned fascinating things about how Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday agonized over how to accomplish his state […]

Bill Gates Wins Hearts for the Common Core By Lining Pockets

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent millions to advance the Common Core State Standards in 2013. From Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post: Millions of Gates dollars were awarded this year for various Core-related activities, including to increase public support for the Common Core;  a $3.2 million grant to the New Venture Fund is […]

Alabama State School Board to Vote on Meaningless Resolution

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The Alabama State Board of Education is set to vote on a resolution that would rescind a 2009 agreement with the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers related to the Common Core State Standards.  The Dothan Eagle reports: According to a press release by the state, the move would help remove […]

Final Draft of C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards Released

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The National Council for Social Studies just released the final draft of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.  I haven’t had a chance to read through the final draft yet, but what I find interesting is how the Council of Chief State School Officers backed way from it.  […]

Stopping Common Core is Only the Beginning

As parents have encountered Common Core in their children’s classrooms, then sought information about what it means, we’ve seen a nationwide brushfire of alarm. Parents must know Common Core did not randomly appear. I’m not talking about how it was created and advocated by the Gates Foundation, National Governors Association, and Council of Chief State […]

“State-Led” Common Core Primarily Had Only Five Writers

Joy Pullmann at School Reform News wrote an excellent piece that helps to further demonstrate that the Common Core State Standards were not state-led.  While there were many people who served on various committees and work groups all of the feedback was filtered by only five people. After giving a brief history of what led […]