Race to the Top Loses All Funding in ‘Cromnibus’

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Personally I’m not a fan of huge spending bills of any type.  That said, Valarie Strauss pointed out the silver lining for me, when she reported that Race to the Top lost all its funding in 2015. In fiscal year 2014, Race to the Top was given $250 million, according to this legislation summary, for […]

Will a Republican Congress End NCLB Waivers and Race to the Top?

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

When the new majority Republican Congress gavels in this January will they work to scale back Federal involvement in education that has grown under Obama?

Rick Perry Makes Common Core a Campaign Issue in North Carolina

Texas Governor Rick Perry was in North Carolina stumping for North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis the Republican running against U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC). The News Observer reports: Perry also had high praise for Tillis, the marquee candidate at the rally. “He will go to Washington, D.C., and do everything he can to dismantle […]

Rick Perry Talks Common Core, Race to the Top

I spoke with Texas Governor Rick Perry when he was at a business roundtable in Altoona, IA on Monday.  I asked him about Common Core and Race to the Top.  Perry was one of only two governors at the time to reject Race the Top funds (former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was the other). “It’s […]

Injecting Federal Control and Influence in Local School Administration

The U.S. Department of Education has pushed for more and more centralization of education, they’ve injected their influence into educational standards through Race to the Top.  They have bypassed states through their District Race to the Top program.  They are not reaching out to school principals through the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program that has been […]

Opt-Out of Common Core Now for the 2014-2015 School Year

Parental rights to raise children to respect the parent’s traditions and values have been under attack from many fronts including the U.S. Department of Education. The implementation of Common Core Standards undermines parental rights to make educational decisions for their children.  Now is the time for parents to protest this intrusion by opting their child […]

Dissecting Mike Huckabee's Statement on the Common Core

Mike Huckabee during the monologue on his weekend show on Fox News addressed the topic of the Common Core State Standards and his position on it.  I watched with interest and some hope as I heard from some of his supporters that he was coming around to our side.  I left disappointed.  Not to say […]