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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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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Important Message From Stop Common Core in Michigan

Important Message From Stop Common Core in Michigan

| May 2, 2016 | Reply

Attention STOP Common Core Activists, On April 26, SB 826 the Repeal & Replace Common Core Math, ELA, NGSS Science and Social Studies was voted out of committee with a 4-1 vote without any amendments and reported to the full Senate for a vote with a favorable recommendation.  There are STRONG indications the Repeal & Replace Common […]

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Action Alert:  Calls needed on SB 826 and HB 5444

Action Alert: Calls needed on SB 826 and HB 5444

| April 28, 2016 | Reply

Thanks to your calls and emails, the process to Repeal and Replace Common Core is moving forward!  Tuesday, April 26, the Senate Education Committee approved of SB 826 to Repeal and Replace Common Core, Science, and Social Studies and reported it out of committee.  SB 826 now moves to the full Senate for a vote. […]

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Good News! SB 826 Passes Senate Ed. Committee

Good News! SB 826 Passes Senate Ed. Committee

| April 26, 2016 | 1 Reply

Good news!  The Senate Education Committee, Chaired by Senator Pavlov, approved SB. 826 to Repeal and Replace Common Core, Science, and Social Studies with Massachusetts standards and assessments today.   In a written statement after the hearing Senator Pavlov said, “It is time to end the disastrous national experiment that is Common Core and let […]

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Good News S 826 has another hearing!

Good News S 826 has another hearing!

| April 22, 2016 | 1 Reply

Good news!  The second hearing on S 826 to Repeal and Replace Common Core is scheduled for April 26, 2016 in the Farnum Bldg at 8 AM.  Even better news is that  Dr. Sandra Stotsky will testify via teleconference.  Dr. Stotsky is well-qualified for the task given her key role in developing the highly praised […]

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