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Postive news in Michigan!

Postive news in Michigan!

| April 24, 2014 | Reply

As most of you know, House Concurrent Resolution, HCR 0011, approved Common Core as the standards for Michigan math & English, last fall.  HCR 0011 alllowed the implementation to move forward  but the resolution also provided flexibility to local districts to deviate from the standards. However, the hammer behind the standards is the assessment, which […]

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House budget could delay SBAC one year

House budget could delay SBAC one year

| April 21, 2014 | Reply

After holding joint committee hearings earlier this year to review the assessments to be used with Common Core, it appears the House may not have the votes to continue funding the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC).  Here’s key excerpts from MIRS News, “The language, which the committee inserted in an education omnibus budget bill today, would […]

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Fordham outrage with opting-out

Fordham outrage with opting-out

| April 15, 2014 | 1 Reply

It appears the Fordham Foundation is getting a bit frustrated with the rising opposition to the Common Core.   In a recent article Chester Finn, Jr.  went so far as to ask if “opting out” of testing is “acceptable” and speculated that it is “probably illegal.” “The opt-out-of-state-testing movement has notched more wins lately. “Thousands,” we […]

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Are teachers being silenced?

Are teachers being silenced?

| March 28, 2014 | 3 Replies

Susan Kimball, a kindergarten teacher, testified in a Missouri hearing against Common Core.   With a shaky voice and tears in her eyes Kimball described how she was being bullied by her administrators not to say anything negative.  Via Missouri Education Watchdog: “I have been strongly discouraged from saying anything negative about Common Core by my […]

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Mr. Powers: Children are NOT infrastructure!

Mr. Powers: Children are NOT infrastructure!

| March 26, 2014 | Reply

Nothing about Common Core infuriates parents more than how politicians and pundits dehumanize our children with their rhetoric.   Human capital, worker pipeline,  and talent pool are frequently used phrases to justify reforms and increased spending so that the state or business receives a maximum “return on their investment.” It’s all about economic success and […]

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Indiana Governor signs bill to repeal Common Core

Indiana Governor signs bill to repeal Common Core

| March 25, 2014 | Reply

On Monday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill to repeal Common Core.  From the Indianapolis Star “Less than four years after Indiana became an early adopter of the national Common Core education standards, Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation Monday making Indiana the first state to opt out of the controversial school guidelines. But the […]

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Stop Common Core Action Plan

Stop Common Core Action Plan

| March 21, 2014 | Reply

Action Plan for Parents and Concerned Citizens: 1.  For parents, opt-out of ALL  Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC).  The  field assessments begin next week, March 24.  These are pilot assessments for the benefit of corporate profiteers and DC.  There should be no consequences to your child for opting out.  Here’s a form you can print out […]

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Controlling the Common Core

Controlling the Common Core

| March 19, 2014 | Reply

They told us if we adopted the Common Core we were not going to lose control of the classroom or curriculum.  They lied. Copyrights, Assessments, and Czars all mean more centralized control. Once local control is lost it will never be regained.  Teachers and parents must take a stand now and opt out or education […]

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Expert finally admits: SBAC will dictate curriculum

Expert finally admits: SBAC will dictate curriculum

| March 19, 2014 | Reply

James Pellegrino, a member of the technical advisory board for Smarter Balanced (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC)  finally admitted what we have said all along,   SBAC and PARCC (or any national assessment) will guide curriculum and classroom instruction.   Teachers not tests should guide student learning. This […]

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What about Common Core and College?

What about Common Core and College?

| March 18, 2014 | Reply

Minding the Campus has an excellent analysis of the academic impact of Common Core on higher education written by Peter Wood.  Wood is president of the National Association of Scholars.   Here’s an excerpt, What the Common Core will do to college. “The Common Core’s standards amount to an assault on the college curriculum. That’s because […]

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