Author Archive: Karen Braun

Karen Braun is a writer and conference speaker on issues related education and family life. Her work has appeared in the American Thinker, Crosswalk, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, WatchDog Wire, and various other websites and magazines. She has also appeared on TV and radio venues. Along with blogging, Karen also enjoys homeschooling, running marathons, and spending time with her husband, their six children, and two grand children. For more information please contact Karen at spunkyhomeschool at gmail dot com

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Pledge to Return Control to Parents

Pledge to Return Control to Parents

| July 12, 2016 | Reply

Stop Common Core in Michigan created a pledge to circulate to lawmakers and candidates seeking office.   Please take this pledge to candidate forums, parades, and other events and ask the candidates seeking your vote where they stand.   Ask them to sign the pledge and send it back to us (address below).   If a candidate does […]

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What’s next for SB 826?

What’s next for SB 826?

| July 11, 2016 | Reply

There is a lot of debate, frustration, and uncertainty surrounding what’s going on with SB 826 to Repeal and Replace Common Core (math/ELA), science, social studies, and aligned assessments with the proven Massachusetts standards. Here’s what we know… SB 826 as INTRODUCED is a STRONG bill.   How do we know?  The passed the Senate Education […]

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The SB 826 Debate Intensifies, Draft Released

The SB 826 Debate Intensifies, Draft Released

| July 6, 2016 | Reply

We never expected the effort to Repeal and Replace Common Core (math and ELA), science, social studies and aligned assessments to be easy.   We knew there would be bumps in the road and expected strong push-back.  The list of state agencies, organizations, and people opposed to HB 5444/SB 826 is long and well-funded.  It includes […]

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Grassroots being SHUT OUT on Common Core & Assessment Repeal

Grassroots being SHUT OUT on Common Core & Assessment Repeal

| June 23, 2016 | Reply

This post is important.  Please read and share! STOP Common Core in Michigan continues to call for the passage of SB 826, a bill to Repeal & Replace Common Core AND assessments, as passed from committee.  Sadly, the full Senate failed to vote on SB 826 before summer break despite the fact that it passed […]

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Goal or Political Agenda – Michigan “Top 10 in 10 Years”

Goal or Political Agenda – Michigan “Top 10 in 10 Years”

| May 24, 2016 | 1 Reply

The Michigan State Board of Education, the Michigan Department of Education and Governor Snyder have announced the new goal of making Michigan’s Education System “Top 10 in 10 Years”.  Like “Clean Water” and “Clean Air”, who could possibly oppose this goal?  Surely everyone can rally around a slogan, “Michigan Education – Top 10 in 10 […]

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A Message to Michigan Senators

A Message to Michigan Senators

| May 23, 2016 | Reply

(Note:  This post was written by Melanie Kurdys, Co-Founder of Stop Common Core in Michigan) Michigan Senators, SB 826 Repeal & Replace Common Core in Michigan passed the Senate Education Committee, without amendment.  It is awaiting a vote by the Senate as a whole. One of the possible delays with the legislation may be the […]

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A Special Message from Melanie Kurdys

A Special Message from Melanie Kurdys

| May 19, 2016 | Reply

WILL POLITICIANS EVER LISTEN? by Melanie Kurdys, Co-Founder Stop Common Core in Michigan Six years ago, half the life of a K-12 experience, Michigan’s elected leaders made the decision to implement Common Core. They decided this because they were listening to the “education experts” and business interests, not the parents, grandparents and concerned citizens. Even […]

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CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan weak argument against Repeal & Replace

CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan weak argument against Repeal & Replace

| May 12, 2016 | Reply

In a letter to the editor, published in the Detroit News, Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan shared his opinion on education standards in Michigan. While he does not state it, his letter may have been motivated by a bill pending in the Michigan legislature to repeal and replace Common Core, […]

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Repeal and Replace…What’s next?

Repeal and Replace…What’s next?

| May 9, 2016 | Reply

We are very encouraged by the progress of the bills (SB 826 and HB 5444) to Repeal and Replace Common Core( Math and ELA), science, social studies and assessments. SB 826 passed the Senate Education Committee as introduced and now awaits passage by the full Senate.  The rumors rumbling around Lansing that there could be […]

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SB 826 Legislative Update

SB 826 Legislative Update

| May 4, 2016 | Reply

The full Senate has NOT voted on SB 826, a bill to Repeal and Replace Common Core, science, and social studies with Massachusetts.  We are watching closely and are hopeful that the Senate will pass SB 826 as it was passed the Senate Education Commitee on April 26th.  There is still a strong possibility that […]

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