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Is Student Data Protected?

Is Student Data Protected?

| February 26, 2014 | Reply

The US Department of Education released a report on student-data privacy. (PDF) in an attempt to answer the growing concerns about student privacy and disclosing their personal information to third-party vendors.   The report is far from reassuring.  The answer to whether Personal Identifiable Information (PII) is protected is, “it depends….there is no universal answer.” Is […]

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Common centralized curriculum is coming

Common centralized curriculum is coming

| February 26, 2014 | Reply

Fordham produced a series of reports after examining the districts considered to be  “early implementers” of the Common Core.  Their findings published in “Common Core in the Districts:  An Early Look at Early Implementer”  are predictable and set the stage for a call for common curricula to go with the Common Core,  the desired goal […]

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Conference Call on Common Core: Thursday 8 PM

Conference Call on Common Core: Thursday 8 PM

| February 26, 2014 | Reply

Join us on a conference call to learn more about Common Core and opting out of assessments.  There will be short presentation with a slide show (link below) and also  time for questions and answers. Thursday, February 27, at 8 PM. Dial-in: 1-857-232-0157 Conference code: 864556 Parents: You do not have to wait for school […]

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Parents and Teachers:  Common Core is YOUR fault!

Parents and Teachers: Common Core is YOUR fault!

| February 23, 2014 | 1 Reply

In a Facebook chat set-up by Fox and Friends, Mike Kelly of Fordham blamed parents and teachers for Common Core. “If parents and teachers were doing such a great job there would no need for Common Core.  Unfortunately, there is.” So there you go, parents and teachers, it’s all our fault.  According to the experts, […]

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Conference Call Thursday at 8 PM

Conference Call Thursday at 8 PM

| February 23, 2014 | Reply

Join us on a conference call to learn more about Common Core and opting out of assessments.  We have set up two call times next week to accommodate as many schedules as possible.  There will be short presentation and also  time for questions and answers. Monday, February 24 at 10 AM and Thursday, February 27, […]

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Parents: Opt out! Your children have a right-to-learn!

Parents: Opt out! Your children have a right-to-learn!

| February 21, 2014 | Reply

Parents, your children have a “Right-to-Learn” and not be treated like a commodity to be tested, tracked, and shipped like a UPS package to their final destination in the global economy.   As the parent, you have the authority to stop the Common Core chaos and the high-stakes assessments that do not reflect your values and […]

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Under Common Core Students “discover” text

Under Common Core Students “discover” text

| February 20, 2014 | Reply

We are constantly told that Common Core was just a standard and “not a curriculum”  That the standards are “the goal but the teachers will decide how to meet it.”    Now that the standards are being implemented in Michigan schools,  the “evidence” is quite the opposite.   The standards ARE changing what a teacher does […]

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An Open Letter to Michigan Teachers

An Open Letter to Michigan Teachers

| February 19, 2014 | 1 Reply

To the Hardworking Teachers in Michigan, We know that you have chosen your noble profession out of a love of teaching and love of children. We are so grateful to you for all that you do for our children and the future of our great state and country.  We value and appreciate all of your […]

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An Open Letter to Michigan Parents and Citizens

An Open Letter to Michigan Parents and Citizens

| February 18, 2014 | Reply

A Letter to All Michigan K-12 Parents and Interested Citizens From Melanie Kurdys In 2012, I ran for State Board of Education primarily to stop the incredibly inappropriate massive experiment being foisted on our children and our teachers, Common Core. I am sad to report that Michigan’s Republican Governor, Lt. Governor and Republican legislature failed […]

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Support for Common Core is crumbling

Support for Common Core is crumbling

| February 17, 2014 | 2 Replies

It is tempting to think that it is only parents and politicians on the right who oppose the Common Core.  As the New York Times points out, that is not accurate.   Common Core now has critics on the left and from the very liberal state of New York, no less. “But the newest chorus of […]

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