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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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Who’s the baby daddy?

Who’s the baby daddy?

| February 15, 2014 | Reply

The Michigan Constitution says in part, “Sec. 1. Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of  mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” So where does a high school biology assignment that promotes promiscuity and asks students to figure out the “baby daddy” fit in our […]

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Teachers frustrated with SBAC tests

Teachers frustrated with SBAC tests

| February 15, 2014 | Reply

Assessments (tests) are a key component of the Common Core.   Currently, Michigan is part of the Smarter Balanced Consortia (SBAC).  The SBAC has 24 states and territories at various stages of implementation.  Due to House Concurrent Resolution 11, Michigan lawmakers are holding hearings to gather information about the different assessments available, including SBAC.  Other […]

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MI teacher concerned about the Common Core

MI teacher concerned about the Common Core

| February 13, 2014 | Reply

As we speak around the state about Common Core we’ve noticed a common theme at many of our events:  Teachers have serous concerns about the Common Core and how it will change their profession.  Many are also worried that if they publicly voice those concerns they may face consequences in their school or jeopardize their […]

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Interview on WJR 760

Interview on WJR 760

| February 11, 2014 | Reply

Many thanks to Frank Beckmann and WJR 760 for providing the opportunity to inform his listeners about the issues with Common Core and assessments.   Frank Beckmann clearly did his research and understand the serious problems with national standards and assessments.   Parents and teachers are growing more frustrated with the curricula, the testing, and the loss […]

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What’s next for Michigan parents?

What’s next for Michigan parents?

| February 10, 2014 | Reply

Many parents are asking us what can we do now that Common Core was adopted and a resolution (HCR 11) passed that allows the implementation of Common core to go forward. The STOP Common Core of Michigan team has devised a strategy for 2014 which we believe will help turn the tide in favor of […]

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Feb. 5 Common Core at the Capital

Feb. 5 Common Core at the Capital

| February 3, 2014 | Reply

DONT FORGET OUR PRESENTATION AND SMARTER  HEARINGS WEDNESDAY FEB 5th TESTING = CONTROL OF CURRICULUM and DATA COLLECTION What is tested is what is taught. What is taught is what is thought. Keep watching Stop Common Core in Michigan facebook in case of weather changes to the below hearings. Along with the hearing we have […]

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School-choice and common core are mortal enemies

School-choice and common core are mortal enemies

| January 31, 2014 | Reply

On Wednesday, I attended a School Choice event hosted by America’s Future Foundation.   One of the panelists was Aquan Miles, Principal from Taylor Prep who enthusiastically talked about the innovative ways her high school is meeting the needs of the community.  Also on the panel was Dan Quisenberry of MAPSA.   Quisenberry spoke highly of School […]

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Student Data NOT safe under SBAC

Student Data NOT safe under SBAC

| January 30, 2014 | Reply

Is your  student-level data safe now that we have adopted the Common Core?   That is a hot topic in Michigan right now as we decide our assessments.  Currently we are part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC).  School officials and others want us to believe that under SBAC your child’s data is safe.  It’s […]

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