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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The disastrous hearings of Betsy DeVos

The disastrous hearings of Betsy DeVos

| January 19, 2017 | Reply

How did Devos do in her Senate Confirmation hearing? Not well.  DeVos was as much hiding Republican supported policies as the Democrats were looking for gotcha moments.  Senator Lamar Alexander appeared interested in protecting the damsel in distress and her policies than in truly vetting her ideas and policies.  He limited questioning to one round of […]

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DeVos Confirmation Hearing Postponed

DeVos Confirmation Hearing Postponed

| January 10, 2017 | Reply

The confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, was scheduled for Wednesday, January 11.  It has been postponed until January 17.    We oppose the DeVos nomination.  Our reasons are included in a previous post, “Stop Common Core in Michigan respectfully request President-elect Trump to “drain the swamp” and pull the plug […]

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DeVos hearing set for Jan. 11

DeVos hearing set for Jan. 11

| January 5, 2017 | 1 Reply

The Washington Post reports that the Senate will hold confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, on January 11.   The DeVos nomination is opposed by many on both sides of the political spectrum for her position on charters, school choice, common core and more. Conservative commentator, Michelle Malkin, stated she believes […]

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Common Core is becoming a flashpoint for President-elect Trump

Common Core is becoming a flashpoint for President-elect Trump

| December 14, 2016 | Reply

Common Core has become an unexpected flashpoint in President-elect Trump’s pick of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education and Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.  Yahoo News picks up the story and notes the push back of DeVos and her alleged assertion she is against Common Core Karen Braun, an anti-Common Core activist, was unconvinced. […]

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DeVos opposes “FEDERALIZED Common Core.” (video)

DeVos opposes “FEDERALIZED Common Core.” (video)

| December 10, 2016 | 1 Reply

DeVos’s nomination as Secretary of Education is getting scrutinized.  Rightly so.  Parents, educators, and grassroots activists across the state of Michigan know exactly who DeVos is and her position on Common Core.   We’re not fooled by a single carefully parsed statement on a webpage that she is “not a supporter – period.”   We know the […]

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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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