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MDE Requests Feedback on Assessments

MDE Requests Feedback on Assessments

| July 24, 2014 | Reply

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) issued a press release announcing a public hearing to be held July 30, 2014 on the future of assessments.   We are encouraging full participation by attending the hearing and voicing your concerns.  The MDE is also providing an online and US Postal Service option for those that cannot attend. […]

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We Will Not Conform

We Will Not Conform

| July 21, 2014 | Reply

WE WILL NOT CONFORM A NIGHT TO MAKE COMMON CORE HISTORY HAPPENING ACROSS THE NATION This Tuesday July 22, 2014 8 pm EST (Encore Tuesday July 29) AN INTERACTIVE FILM, TO HELP US LEARN HOW TO DEFEAT COMMON CORE *Find out more about the movie  WE WILL  NOT CONFORM  and FathomEvents If you would like […]

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New Poll Shows Support for CCSS Plummeting

New Poll Shows Support for CCSS Plummeting

| June 27, 2014 | Reply

Good news!  A new Rasmussen Poll shows that support is plummeting with parents of school-age children.   Shane VanderHart with Truth in American Education explains the results, “They found that just 34% of adults with children in elementary or secondary school favor all schools nationwide to meet the Common Core State Standards.  That is a drop […]

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Common Core is the litmus test election issue

Common Core is the litmus test election issue

| June 26, 2014 | Reply

As the summer campaign season heats up, I’m hearing from people all over the state who say that Common Core is taking center stage at candidate forums. Hillsdale resident and CatholicVote.org co-founder, Joshua Mercer,  attended the Candidate Forum for the 58th District sponsored by  the Hillsdale County Republican Woman on Wednesday.  Mercer contacted me via […]

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Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) Update

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) Update

| June 25, 2014 | Reply

Governor Snyder signed the School Omnibus Budget Bill on Tuesday.  Included in the budget was a provision that appears to have blocked the implementation of Smarter Balanced for one year by extending the MEAP. This is obviously a good thing in many ways.  Thanks to your calls and the the hard work of lawmakers against […]

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Common Core becoming litmus test issue in GOP

Common Core becoming litmus test issue in GOP

| June 24, 2014 | Reply

Fox News reports that Common Core is becoming the new litmus test inside the Republican Party.  Common Core has emerged as the newest Republican litmus test for gauging candidates’ conservative bona fides, and experts say the controversial national education standard will help shape elections from school boards to the White House for the foreseeable future. […]

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Common Core: A “Cradle-to-Career” pathway to servitude

Common Core: A “Cradle-to-Career” pathway to servitude

| June 20, 2014 | Reply

Governor Snyder said in his 2011 State of the State Addresss, “We’ve been spending money without delivering the results to give our young people a bright future. It is time that we view our educational system which runs from pre-natal to lifelong learning. It’s time to start talking about P-20 instead of just K-12. We […]

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The “College Core” is coming

The “College Core” is coming

| June 18, 2014 | Reply

The Education Trust issued a press release about their new report Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges.  Quoting the press release the report, “lays out a comprehensive plan for the federal government to leverage existing resources, in the form of student aid and tax benefits, to protect students and taxpayer dollars from going to […]

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Common Core Endorsements Matter

Common Core Endorsements Matter

| June 16, 2014 | Reply

Endorsements matter.  They are significant both financially and politically.   In this post I highlight two lobby groups, Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) and Students First and discuss the impact they have on educational freedom and Michigan elections. Pro-Common Core is against educational freedom.   An anti-Common Core candidate getting the GLEP or Students First endorsement is […]

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Is taking the College Board  SAT test harmful?

Is taking the College Board SAT test harmful?

| June 13, 2014 | Reply

In a recent email and webinar, Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) asserted that “At this time, we have not seen any evidence that the redesigned SAT will harm homeschoolers in any way.” Is that a valid statement?  Simply by looking at the documentation provided on the Common Core website written by HSLDA, the answer is […]

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