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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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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An Open Letter to Secretary Duncan

An Open Letter to Secretary Duncan

| November 17, 2013 | 2 Replies

In response to Secretary of Education Duncan’s thoughts regarding mothers who oppose the Common Core. Dear Secretary of Education Duncan: Mr. Duncan, you and the feds may control the purse strings but WE (moms of every color and location) control our “brilliant” children’s shoe strings. We have the final authority and we’re saying “no” to […]

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Duncan says pushback is from “white suburban moms”

Duncan says pushback is from “white suburban moms”

| November 16, 2013 | 3 Replies

In his never ending attempt to defend the abysmal Common Core, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told state superintendents that  the push back on Common Core is from “white suburban moms.” Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an audience of state superintendents this afternoon that the Education Department and other Common Core supporters didn’t fully anticipate […]

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Alabama abolishes Common Core agreement, but what does it accomplish?

Alabama abolishes Common Core agreement, but what does it accomplish?

| November 15, 2013 | Reply

Via WVTM-TV News:   “The state of Alabama has opted out of participating in the Common Core English and mathematics standards.” Last month, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice proposed rescinding the 2009 Memorandum of Agreement with the National governor’s Association and the Council for Chief State School Officers, “in an effort to reassure the […]

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Where’s the transparency?

Where’s the transparency?

| October 29, 2013 | Reply

Trying to piece together the events in Lansing today is not easy but the net result seems to be clear, the implementation of Common Core will go forward but questions about the assessments and SBAC remain. Last week, the Senate cowardly gaveled through resolution S-4 as a substitute resolution to HCR-11 previously passed by the […]

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