Feds Bypass States to Get Local Districts to Sign “Future Ready District Pledge”

Missouri Education Watchdog first reported today that the U.S. Department of Education has sent out a letter to Superintendents of local school districts explaining their “future ready district pledge.” You can find the letter here and I also have the text below: Dear Superintendent, As one of more than 16,000 superintendents leading school districts across […]

MA School Superintendent: We are at a pivotal juncture in this country with respect to education

This piece from Todd Gazda, the superintendent of Ludlow Public Schools in Massachusetts,  is worth sharing here.  I wish more superintendents would speak up like this.  Here is an excerpt: We are at a pivotal juncture in this country with respect to education. Over the past decade, we have seen a dramatic escalation in the […]

Sandra Stotsky: Local School Boards Must Take Action Now

Local school boards must take action now. They still have the legal authority in every single state even if they are told they don’t, or think they don’t. They must, upon petition by parents asap, vote (1) to allow parents to opt-out their children from any Common Core-based test (pilot, field, or regular); (2) to […]

Michigan House Passes Common Core Implementation with Local Opt-Out

Here we see the problem inherent with a full-time legislature.  The Michigan House and Senate passed an omnibus bill that defunded the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  Since the Legislature continues to be in session year-round; Common Core advocates yesterday were able to pass a resolution before the fiscal year started in October […]

A Republic of Republics: How Common Core Undermines State and Local Autonomy over K-12 Education

The Pioneer Institute in cooperation with American Principles Project and Pacific Research Institute released a white paper written by Robert Scott, the former Texas Commissioner of Education.  It is entitled “A Republic of Republics: How Common Core Undermines State and Local Autonomy over K-12 Education.”  The preface is by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley Here is […]

Why Conservatives Object to the Common Core

Kathleen Porter-Magee & Sol Stern ask in the subheading of their National Review article defending the Common Core State Standards ask “why are prominent conservatives criticizing a set of rigorous educational standards?” There are others who have provided direct rebuttals.  I want to answer their primary question.  While I’m not a “prominent conservative,”  I am […]

American Educator Magazine: Local Control Led to Educational Inequality

Local control is bad, horrible, no good if you were to listen to the arguments being made by William Schmidt and Nathan Burroughs in their article in the Spring 2013 edition of American Educator which is a publication of American Federation of Teachers.  They promote the standard talking points – “it resembles the standards of […]

Glenn Beck Outs the Common Core

Glenn Beck today highlighted the Common Core on his show on The Blaze TV.  His guests were Emmett McGroarty of American Principles Project, Sherena Arrington, a political consultant from Georgia, and two teachers from Utah, David Cox and Christel Swasey. Beck in his opening remarks gave a wake-up call for those who may be apathetic […]

Welcome Idahoans for Local Education

On behalf of Truth in American Education I’d like to welcome Idahoans for Local Education as one of our new participants.  This is a new group started by Stephanie Zimmerman who has tirelessly fought against the Common Core in her state.  Their stated mission is: …to preserve Idaho’s local educational sovereignty by keeping the decision […]

Debunking Misconceptions: “The Common Core is State-Led”

I thought that I would start a series on common misconceptions related to the Common Core State Standards.  I don’t know how frequently I’ll come back to this series, but as these misconceptions come up or as I hear them I want to address them.  The first is one that I hear quite frequently and […]