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Is the MDE Cheating on M-STEP?

Is the MDE Cheating on M-STEP?

| March 2, 2015 | Reply

Before Michigan students sit down before their computers to take the “new” M-STEP assessment, officials at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) must sit down before state lawmakers and answer a few challenging questions of their own. The Michigan budget signed last year was fairly clear that there would be no funding for a transition […]

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Detroit students face suspension if PARENTS miss MSTEP meeting

Detroit students face suspension if PARENTS miss MSTEP meeting

| March 2, 2015 | 2 Replies

Apparently, bullying isn’t just a problem with students anymore.  Detroit third graders brought a letter home that threatened the students with a suspension if their parents do not attend an MSTEP assessment meeting.  From WDIV News, DETROIT – Kids from Coleman A. Young Elementary in Detroit were sent home with a letter scolding parents for […]

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Action Alert:  Call NOW!  Stop HR 5

Action Alert: Call NOW! Stop HR 5

| February 23, 2015 | Reply

Please make this call TODAY from 9-5 so you can talk to a person US House of Reps 202-224-3121 ask for John Boehner or your Representative. Tell them…. Please VOTE NO on HR 5 “Student Success Act to Reauthorize No Child Left Behind Please REPEAL No Child Left Behind   More information on this at […]

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Opt-Out Forms for M-Step and other Assessments

Opt-Out Forms for M-Step and other Assessments

| February 14, 2015 | Reply

Opting out and refusing the assessments is gaining momentum as the best way to protect your children’s privacy and to stop common core.  Stop Common Core in Michigan has made two opt out forms available to notify your child’s school that you do not want your students participating in assessments. Thomas Moore Law Center has provided […]

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Gov. Snyder Fails to Lead on Common Core

Gov. Snyder Fails to Lead on Common Core

| October 14, 2014 | Reply

A new MIRS report alleges that key Republican leaders advised Gov. Snyder and State Superintendent Flanagan to keep Common Core below the radar in the fall of 2013 until a key vote on a resolution was passed to allow implementation to continue. In the days before the House gave final approval to a resolution on […]

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We CAN Stop Common Core in Michigan

We CAN Stop Common Core in Michigan

| September 24, 2014 | 1 Reply

We can all work together to STOP Common Core in Michigan. In case you haven’t noticed, momentum is building to get Michigan out of Common Core.  Ideas here offer you specific actions you can take to help. Please pass the word!  Share this email with anyone and everyone you know. Citizens – Share your concerns, […]

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Learn the Truth about Advanced Placement

Learn the Truth about Advanced Placement

| August 25, 2014 | Reply

Advanced Placement courses and exams have come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Advanced Placement (AP)  are used in many high schools across and  controlled by the College Board, under the direct supervision of David Coleman.  The scrutiny is justified.  Missouri Education WatchDog has a very detailed post about College Board and AP here.  In […]

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Lt. Gov. Calley, Common Core, and the Convention

Lt. Gov. Calley, Common Core, and the Convention

| August 20, 2014 | Reply

The Michigan Republican State Convention is this weekend. The big story leading up the event is whether Brian Calley will retain his position as the Lt. Governor.  Delegates to the convention choose the Lt. Governor and Common Core may be the deciding factor in whether he gets the votes he needs to keep his job.   […]

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Common Core and the Republican State Convention

Common Core and the Republican State Convention

| August 19, 2014 | 1 Reply

The “primary” for some Republican candidates is conducted at the State Convention where convention  delegates vote. Convention Delegates are selected from all Republican Precinct Delegates elected August 5, as part of the County Convention process, Thursday, August 14. Here is a list of the positions and the candidates to be voted on education is part […]

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Who is Ron Weiser?

Who is Ron Weiser?

| August 18, 2014 | Reply

Common Core has become a toxic issue in politics and with the November election coming up, every candidate appears to be against Common Core.  But are they really and will they be a strong ally once elected to office?    In the coming weeks, we hope to examine the people and races that are important […]

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