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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Dick & Betsy DeVos admit they influence elections and legislation with consequences and rewards.

Dick & Betsy DeVos admit they influence elections and legislation with consequences and rewards.

| December 1, 2016 | Reply

President-elect Trump campaigned on the promise that he will “drain the swamp.”   His pledge resonated with voters who are tired of special interests controlling the outcome of elections and influencing legislation.   Unfortunately, he nominated Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.  DeVos is part of the Lansing “swamp.” Through her group, Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP)  […]

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The DeVos Choice Means No Real Choice for Parents, Students, and Educators

The DeVos Choice Means No Real Choice for Parents, Students, and Educators

| November 30, 2016 | Reply

In the previous post, the leadership at Stop Common Core in Michigan respectfully requested President-elect Donald Trump to “drain the swamp” and pull the plug on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.  The team at Stop Common Core in Michigan believe that Betsy DeVos is a proponent of Common Core “high standards” […]

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Stop CC in MI respectfully request President-elect Trump to “drain the swamp” and pull the plug on Betsy DeVos

Stop CC in MI respectfully request President-elect Trump to “drain the swamp” and pull the plug on Betsy DeVos

| November 28, 2016 | 6 Replies

We, the leadership team at Stop Common Core in Michigan, respectfully ask President-elect Donald Trump to immediately remove Betsy DeVos’s name from consideration as Secretary of the Department of Education.  We do not make this request lightly but with considerable knowledge regarding her negative influence in Michigan as a proponent of Common Core. Michigan turned […]

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Betsy DeVos named Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos named Secretary of Education

| November 25, 2016 | 2 Replies

President-elect Donald Trump announced Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of the Department of Education.  Shortly after the nomination, DeVos put up a statement on her website, very recently created, explaining her position on common core.  It was a huge surprise to the Stop Common Core in Michigan team and MANY in the grassroots to read […]

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Update on Data Privacy Bills from Melanie Kurdys

Update on Data Privacy Bills from Melanie Kurdys

| November 14, 2016 | 1 Reply

We have been following the progress of the data privacy bills in the Michigan legislature.  Melanie Kurdys offers the following update  We STRONGLY urge you to continue to call your lawmakers and tell them to vote NO. Sadly, but not surprisingly, the REPUBLICAN MAJORITY in the House Education Committee approved the PRETEND Data Privacy Bills, […]

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Action Alert: Calls needed on SB 33 and SB 510

Action Alert: Calls needed on SB 33 and SB 510

| November 7, 2016 | 2 Replies

URGENT ALERT- REGARDING STUDENT DATA PRIVACY BILLS SB 33 and SB 510 THAT DO NOT PROTECT PRIVACY Stop Common Core in Michigan has not asked you to do any calling for a while, but this is an urgent request.  At the last hour, in a lame duck session,  these horrible bills are coming up for […]

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Guest Post by Deb DeBacker:  Analysis of SB 33 and SB 510

Guest Post by Deb DeBacker: Analysis of SB 33 and SB 510

| November 4, 2016 | Reply

ANALYSIS OF SENATE BILL 33 and SB 510 OF 2016, as passed the MI Senate as of Nov. 4, 2015 “Schools and Online Operators Protection from Parental Lawsuits Act” By Deborah DeBacker Two dangerous bills are to be voted on in Michigan’s House Education Committee on Thursday November 10th at 9.am.   These bills passed the […]

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SBE Candidate Gui Responds to Questionnaire

SBE Candidate Gui Responds to Questionnaire

| August 25, 2016 | Reply

Thank you to Al Gui for providing a written response to our questionnaire to help parents and citizens vett the candidates for State Board of Education (SBE).    The responses of other candidates will be published as they become available.   PLEASE NOTE:  Stop Common Core in Michigan does NOT endorse candidates. Al Gui State Board of […]

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SBE McMillin Responds to Questionnaire

SBE McMillin Responds to Questionnaire

| August 22, 2016 | Reply

Thank you to Tom McMillin for providing a written response to our questionnaire to help parents and citizens vett the candidates for State Board of Education (SBE).   The responses of other candidates will be published as they become available.   PLEASE NOTE:  Stop Common Core in Michigan does NOT endorse candidates. Tom McMillin State Board of […]

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SBE Candidate Snyder Responds to Questionnaire

SBE Candidate Snyder Responds to Questionnaire

| August 20, 2016 | Reply

Thank you to Nikki Snyder for providing a written response to our questionnaire to help parents and citizens vett the candidates for State Board of Education (SBE).    The responses of other candidates will be published as they become available.   PLEASE NOTE:  Stop Common Core in Michigan does NOT endorse candidates. Nikki Snyder State Board of […]

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