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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Feb. 5 Common Core at the Capital

Feb. 5 Common Core at the Capital

| February 3, 2014 | Reply

DONT FORGET OUR PRESENTATION AND SMARTER  HEARINGS WEDNESDAY FEB 5th TESTING = CONTROL OF CURRICULUM and DATA COLLECTION What is tested is what is taught. What is taught is what is thought. Keep watching Stop Common Core in Michigan facebook in case of weather changes to the below hearings. Along with the hearing we have […]

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School-choice and common core are mortal enemies

School-choice and common core are mortal enemies

| January 31, 2014 | Reply

On Wednesday, I attended a School Choice event hosted by America’s Future Foundation.   One of the panelists was Aquan Miles, Principal from Taylor Prep who enthusiastically talked about the innovative ways her high school is meeting the needs of the community.  Also on the panel was Dan Quisenberry of MAPSA.   Quisenberry spoke highly of School […]

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Student Data NOT safe under SBAC

Student Data NOT safe under SBAC

| January 30, 2014 | Reply

Is your  student-level data safe now that we have adopted the Common Core?   That is a hot topic in Michigan right now as we decide our assessments.  Currently we are part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC).  School officials and others want us to believe that under SBAC your child’s data is safe.  It’s […]

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Common Core at the Capital Feb. 5

Common Core at the Capital Feb. 5

| January 28, 2014 | Reply

February 5 is a key day in the fight to defeat Common Core in Michigan.  There are TWO reasons to come to Lansing. Reason #1:  A joint committee will continue to hear testimony regarding the Smarter Balanced Assessments.   Please call your state senator and representative and tell them to oppose Smarter Balanced and all Common […]

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Choice: It’s a Beautiful Thing

Choice: It’s a Beautiful Thing

| January 27, 2014 | Reply

Imagine with me, if you will, that you just bought a new home. You are so excited. The rooms are spacious, the neighborhood lovely, and the surrounding community is spectacular. The area is loaded with restaurants, museums, orchestras, and cultural opportunities galore. All to entertain and educate you and your children. You wander around your […]

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Critical factors to consider on assessments

Critical factors to consider on assessments

| January 20, 2014 | Reply

Michigan lawmakers in several committees are considering which assessment to use in Michigan.   They are holding hearings to help make their decision.  The next hearing is February 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM.   The joint committee meeting will be held at the Senate Hearing Room, Ground Floor, Boji Tower, 124 W. Allegan, Lansing, MI. The decision […]

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George Will’s opinion on Common Core (and why it matters)

George Will’s opinion on Common Core (and why it matters)

| January 18, 2014 | 2 Replies

In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, George Will surveys the political landscape in opposition to Common Core and sees some “healthy aspects of today’s politics.” “The rise of opposition to the Common Core illustrates three healthy aspects of today’s politics. First, new communication skills and technologies enable energized minorities to force new topics […]

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Yes, MDE there is federal oversight of SBAC

Yes, MDE there is federal oversight of SBAC

| January 16, 2014 | Reply

Yesterday at the presentation to the Joint Committee of the Senate and House Joseph Martineau, deputy superintendent of accountability services for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)  erred when he claimed that there was no federal review team overseeing SMARTER tests.   According to a report by Gongwer, Martineau indicated that, …there is not, as Mr. McMillin […]

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Upcoming Meetings and Events

Upcoming Meetings and Events

| January 13, 2014 | Reply

The fight to defeat the Common Core  and assessments continues.   A Joint Committee Meeting is scheduled to hear a presentation by the Michigan Department of Education on the Report on Options for Assessments Aligned with the Common Core the State Standards. DATE: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 TIME: 2:30 PM or after committees are given leave […]

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Rep. Tim Kelly admits Common Core may not work and promotes vouchers

Rep. Tim Kelly admits Common Core may not work and promotes vouchers

| January 8, 2014 | Reply

Just a few short months ago, after a heated, summer debate on Common Core, Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw) a staunch supporter of Common Core drafted a concurrent resolution that allowed Common Core implementation to go forward.  At that time,  Rep. Kelly told reporters at the Detroit News, “I think that we want to get this […]

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