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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A Rational Explanation Against Common Core Funding and Implementation

A Rational Explanation Against Common Core Funding and Implementation

| June 19, 2013 | Reply

In a recent news article, State Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, said  he has yet to hear a rational explanation for halting funding. “Almost all rational, reasonable people, whether Republican or Democrat, think this is the right thing to do for children,” With a simple analogy, I’d like to offer a rational and reasonable explanation […]

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Summer Hearings Planned to Separate “Fact from Fiction”

Summer Hearings Planned to Separate “Fact from Fiction”

| June 18, 2013 | 1 Reply

Now that the budget has been signed by Governor Snyder, House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) has asked lawmakers to get informed about Common Core.   Toward that goal, Representative. Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R), who chairs the House Education Committee is planning summer hearings on the Common Core. “I don’t think it’s bad to have standards. It’s […]

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Data Tracking and Common Core

Data Tracking and Common Core

| June 14, 2013 | Reply

One of the major controversies related to the Common Core standards is whether or not data collection is part of the standards.   Proponents of the Common Core and the website vehemently and explicitly deny it. There are no data collection requirements of states adopting the CCSS. Standards define expectations for what students should know and […]

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Now that we hit “pause” what’s next for Michigan?

Now that we hit “pause” what’s next for Michigan?

| June 14, 2013 | Reply

With the Governor’s signature the implementation of Common Core and related assessments has been paused.  The standards cannot go forward without the approval of the legislature.   According to House Speaker Jase Bolger that decsion is likely to happen “in the fall.”  “I’ve asked members to go home all summer, to talk to people in the […]

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Governor Snyder signs budget

Governor Snyder signs budget

| June 13, 2013 | Reply

Today, Governor Snyder signed the $49 billion which included a provision that blocks the implementation of Common Core and related assessments unless they are authorized by the legislature. Snyder has also expressed frustration with budget language prohibiting the Michigan Department of Education from using any funding to implement programs or assessments related to Common Core, […]

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Michigan Hits Pause

Michigan Hits Pause

| June 6, 2013 | Reply

Michigan  became the third state to hit  “pause” when it comes to instituting the Common Core standards. The Michigan Senate voted 24-14 to approve the Michigan Department of Education budget with State Representative Tom McMillin’s amendment that prevents the department from spending money to implement the Common Core State Standards. Local school districts can still […]

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Jeb Bush Peddles Common Core in Michigan

Jeb Bush Peddles Common Core in Michigan

| May 30, 2013 | Reply

Jeb Bush is at Mackinac Island in Michigan this week talking about education.   Michigan is in a heated battle over Common Core.  State lawmakers are considering a budget measure to defund the standards and related assessments.   The Common Core standards were adopted by the Michigan Department of Education in 2010.   The budget measure passed […]

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Battle to De-fund Common Core is Intensifying

Battle to De-fund Common Core is Intensifying

| May 27, 2013 | 1 Reply

The battle against Common Core is heating up.   Michigan Governor Snyder, in an appearance with Obama’s Secretary of Education, expressed support for the Common Core pitting him against many in his own party.  The proposed budget to de-fund the Common Core is the current battleground. The pressure upon Michigan lawmakers, especially Republicans,  to follow […]

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