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  • Smells Like Common Core

    08/31/2015 11:46:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 31, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Even when teachers don’t appear to be complaining about Common Core they actually are, because CC is so unpopular that bureaucrats and politicians try to camouflage it. Yet and still, like the spots on a leopard, C squared’s trademarks are becoming easy to spot. For example, on his personal blog, Bronx teacher Jamaal Bowman complained about the Tyranny of Standardized Testing but the CC standards are fairly simple to discern. I tried to make them even easier by italicizing: “As a classroom teacher, the state test jargon became part of the lexicon. We were told to focus more on “non...
  • South Dakota Drops Study of Early U.S. History as a High School Requirement

    08/31/2015 5:42:12 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 48 replies
    govtslaves ^ | August 31 2015 | Steve Straehley
    Students in South Dakota will now graduate from high school without studying early American history, under new teaching guidelines adopted by the state. After a year of deliberations, the state Board of Education adopted new curriculum standards that no longer require instructors to teach the first 100 years of U.S. history. Such milestone events and developments as the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution could be completely ignored. Cutting out early U.S. history in 11th grade hurts the ability of students to “think historically” when they reach higher education, according to a letter sent to the state...
  • U. Wisconsin official: let's stop prosecuting shoplifting

    08/30/2015 8:07:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | Peter Fricke
    Mitchell, a former assistant district attorney, says his comments were not an endorsement of shoplifting. A University of Wisconsin-Madison official claims laws against shoplifting are just an excuse to over-police minority communities. “I just don’t think that they should be prosecuting cases… for people who steal from Wal-Mart,” said Everett Mitchell, director of community relations for the university, during an on-campus event. “I don’t think [with] Target or all them other places, them big box stores that have insurance, they should be using the fact that people steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police practices, right?”...
  • As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

    08/29/2015 6:59:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2015 4:43 PM EDT | Christine Armario
    Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. They all participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups of states awarded $330 million by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop exams to test students on the Common Core state standards in math and English language arts. Scores in...
  • Anita Hoge on the Women On The Wall Conference Call- How Data will Control your Child

    08/28/2015 7:38:28 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 10 replies
    soundcloud.com ^ | 08/27/2015 | Alice Linahan
    Alice Linahan hosts the Women On the Wall Conference Call with special guest Antia Hoge on the devastating agenda behind the Re-Authorization of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965)Here is a link to the full conference call~ Alice-linahan – Anita-hoge-and-lynne-taylor-on-women-on-the-wall-with-alice-linahan Documents and links to prove Anita in right. HR5 - www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr5/BILLS-114hr5pcs.pdf Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative- www.whitehouse.gov/administration/…-revitalization Anita Hoge's post Just the Page HR5 Student Success Act - womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uplo…bers-S-1177.pdf RTI & PBIS Response to Intervention & Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Data Based Individualization- womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uplo…CHOBABBLE-2.pdf Positive Behavior Intervention and Support and Comprehensive School and Community Treatment Process Document womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uplo…S_Checklist.pdf
  • Education Wonk Changes His Mind on Arne Duncan

    08/24/2015 8:28:57 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 24, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Michael Petrilli recently wrote an apologetic op-ed for Fordham’s e-mail newsletter entitled “The new ESEA will be ‘loose-loose’ because Arne Duncan went overboard with ‘tight-tight’.” arne duncan A champion for Common Core, a top-down, federal government mandated education curriculum, Petrilli reversed course on his opinions of Arne Duncan’s Department of Education and its overreach in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). He admitted he’s changed his views and took issue with criticism over this change. Petrilli noted the criticism from an “Obama administration alumnus” Chad Aldeman, currently at Bellwether Education Partners...
  • JOHN KASICH’S OBAMACARE MEDICAID EXPANSION SLAMMED AT OHIO AFP EVENT

    08/24/2015 5:45:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 23 Aug 2015 | SARAH RUMPF
    Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare—a move that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled was optional and up to state discretion—is a sore subject for fiscal conservatives and led to him being, not just left out of an event held in his backyard, but attacked by several of the event’s speakers, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and AFP President Tim Phillips. Obamacare critics do not like how the law allows Medicaid, originally enacted as a safety net to provide health coverage for poor mothers and children, to be expanded to cover able-bodied, working-age adults. Federal funds cover the costs...
  • Trump on Rowdy Town Hall Meeting: 'These Are My People'

    08/20/2015 6:25:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 19, 2015 | Greg Richter
    Donald Trump held his first town hall meeting Wednesday night before a rowdy Derry, New Hampshire crowd that cheered, chimed in and booed when he mentioned his presidential rivals. "These are my people," a gleeful Trump said. Jeb Bush, the establishment favorite, was nine miles away holding a simultaneous town hall event, and Trump couldn't help but comment on the man who's crown he appears — at least for now — to have taken and whom he has described as an unenthusiastic candidate. "Right down the road we have Jeb. Very small crowd," Trump said. "We have 2,500. … There...
  • Jeb Bush pitches "total voucherization" at education summit

    08/19/2015 12:40:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/19/15 | STEPHANIE CONDON
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and other 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls on Wednesday endorsed school vouchers as a means of driving competition and innovation in the nation's school systems. "Why not allow total voucherization? Nevada is moving in this direction," Bush said at a New Hampshire education summit. "Let the suppliers come up with the creative solutions, have high expectations and accountability, and get out of the way." Bush said schools would benefit from "innovation" since "the system we have today is still designed as though it was in the 1930's."
  • Bush, Kasich get F grades on Common Core, group says (Cruz A-; Trump B-)

    08/19/2015 8:01:28 AM PDT · by VinL · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/19/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush and John Kasich get failing grades on Common Core, while Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are the only Republicans running for president to escape blame on the thorny education issue, according to a new analysis from a conservative think tank. The Hill got an exclusive first look at a report card produced by the American Principles in Action that grades the GOP candidates on how fiercely they oppose Common Core, the set of education standards that were adopted by 46 states five years ago but have since become toxic with the conservative base Nearly the entirety of the...
  • Jeb Bush, seemingly perfect on paper, just hasn't caught on with GOP voters

    08/17/2015 5:29:43 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 69 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/17/15 | SEEMA MEHTA
    On paper, Jeb Bush is the perfect establishment candidate for the Republican presidential nomination: A two-term governor of a crucial swing state who oversaw economic expansion and spearheaded education reform. A conservative, but with a cerebral, optimistic tone that probably won't enrage moderate voters, unlike the unabashed social-issue warriors in the GOP field. A prolific fundraiser whose advantage stems from the powerful donor networks of his brother, former President George W. Bush, and his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Yet the former Florida governor — for all his might on paper — has failed to catch on with Republican...
  • In Bush, Cruz Finds Increasingly Useful Foil

    08/14/2015 8:25:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 8/12/15 | Patrick Svitek
    As Ted Cruz traipses through the South, his mentions of one Republican draw more derision than that of any Democrat, President Obama and presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton included. Jeb Bush. During campaign stops Monday and Tuesday in Tennessee and Mississippi, Cruz's references to the former Florida governor, now a staple of the senator's stump speech, often elicited loud booing, sometimes accompanied by scattered shouts of "Establishment!" or "RINO!" (Republican In Name Only). For months, the Republican Texas senator has been alluding to Bush as the archetypal moderate, insufficiently conservative and guaranteed to shut the GOP out of the White House...
  • At Iowa State Fair, Jeb Bush plays the sober adult in a summer of anger

    08/14/2015 10:50:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/14/15 | Philip Rucker
    Jeb Bush stepped onto the fabled soapbox under a broiling sun at the Iowa State Fair here Friday and offered himself to voters as a sober adult campaigning in a summer of anger — a reformer, a consensus-builder, a competent executive who would roll up his sleeves and fix things. "I’m tired of the divides," the former Florida governor said. "I campaign the way that I would govern — out amongst everybody, no rope lines, totally out in the open." Then the fairgoers started asking Bush questions. They asked about the legacy of his brother, a former president. And his...
  • Back-handed compliment of the day: Ted Cruz on Jeb Bush

    08/12/2015 4:51:08 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/12/15 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz offered rare and most likely tongue-in-cheek praise to his ideological rival, Jeb Bush, for his "candor" in not backing down from his more moderate positions on immigration and Common Core. Cruz, who has looked to position himself as the furthest-right candidate in the field, said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that he appreciated that Bush, who may be the GOP's furthest to the left, was not changing his positions. "There are candidates in the field who attempt to change their position to do better in primaries, and Jeb Bush has demonstrated a remarkable candor defending positions,"...
  • Transparently Predictable Political Tripwires: Tonight, Carly Fiorina

    08/10/2015 6:05:25 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 38 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | 8/10/15 | Sundance
    Transparently Predictable Political “Tripwires”.. August 10, 2015 First the good news ! Many people are beginning to have the awakening, the fundamental paradigm shift needed to understand the rather complex construct of the GOPe machine. At the request of many people who are only recently accepting the scope of the ruse, that is the 2016 GOP primary, we are going to begin identifying the “tripwires” before they are crossed, and then highlighting the tripwire WHEN it is crossed. Yesterday we told you of a specific “tripwire” to look for. Today, we share what it looks like moments before it is...
  • Hillary Clinton Unveils $350 billion plan to kill college debt

    08/10/2015 11:27:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/10/2015 | By NIRVI SHAH and KIMBERLY HEFLING
    Hillary Clinton on Monday rolled out a sweeping higher education plan — a $350 billion proposal that would help millions pay for college and reduce interest rates for people with student loans. The plan, which would change the way a large swath of Americans pay for college, borrows ideas from the left and the right and even expands a program enacted by her husband. It includes ideas already being discussed in Congress and for which groundwork has been laid by the Obama administration. The proposal, dubbed the New College Compact, is unlikely to win over many in the GOP because...
  • Is Jeb Bush Shifting to the Right?

    08/10/2015 8:37:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 68 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/10/15 | ELIANA JOHNSON
    Jeb Bush’s most famous, or infamous, remark of the campaign season was that a Republican candidate must be willing to “lose the primary” in order to win the general election. For the most part, Bush has campaigned like he meant what he said: He’s defended his positions on immigration reform and Common Core, though they’re unpopular with much of the Republican base, and he angered conservatives on Capitol Hill by pushing for a confirmation vote on Attorney General Loretta Lynch, which some were trying to hold up at the time. But in the week leading up to the first Republican...
  • Fiorina Campaign Explains Past Support for Race to the Top, NCLB

    08/09/2015 4:50:44 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 43 replies
    thepulse2016.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign explained her past support for Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind today. Sarah Isgur Flores, Fiorina’s communications direct, sent Caffeinated Thoughts the following email: Carly does not support Common Core. As she has said, there is absolutely no evidence that the work of a big, centralized bureaucracy in Washington makes things better. In fact, there’s loads of evidence to the contrary. The Department of Education has been growing in size and budget for 40 years and the quality of our education continues to deteriorate. Carly has always believed that choice...
  • Jeb Bush And The Common Core Debacle

    08/09/2015 5:33:26 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.freedomworks.org ^ | August 7, 2015 | Remso Martinez
    During the first round of the 2016 GOP presidential debates, Jeb Bush was pressured by the moderators to explain his history of pushing for Common Core implementation across the country. In his statement, Bush said: “I don’t believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards directly or indirectly, the creation of curriculum or content. It is clearly a state responsibility. I’m for higher standards…” In his statement though, Bush avoided the specific answer the moderators wanted, which was whether or not he did or did not endorse the current Common Core curricula be adopted by various...
  • Two Nine-Year-Olds’ Magnificent Open Letter to Disney About Racial and Gender Stereotypes

    08/09/2015 10:15:31 AM PDT · by Defiant · 34 replies
    Brain Pickings ^ | August 9, 2015 | Maria Popova
    In the spring of 2015, a nine-year-old boy named Dexter went to Disneyland with his family and found himself deeply unsettled — not by a scary ride or the unpleasantness of waiting in line, but by some of the most unsettling cultural issues of our time: racial and gender stereotypes. Disney, the world’s most prolific purveyor of pink plastic, has a long history of perpetuating gender stereotypes and feeding our unconscious biases, but what Dexter so astutely observed seemed like a particularly acute symptom of a larger cultural malady. .......... Dexter and Sybilla go to The Cathedral School of St....
  • White House was ‘grateful’ to Jeb Bush for helping with Common Core, says former Obama aide

    08/09/2015 6:37:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/9/15 | Valerie Strauss
    This canÂ’t be a tweet that Jeb Bush is going to like. Daniel Pfeiffer, a former senior advisor to President Obama for strategy and communications, expressed the White HouseÂ’s gratitude to the former two-term Florida governor on Thursday, the day of the GOP presidential contender debates were held in Cleveland. For what? For supporting the Common Core State Standards and even helping them to persuade states to adopt them. HereÂ’s the tweet Dan Pfeiffer âś”@danpfeiffer When I worked in the White House, we were always grateful to @JebBush for his efforts to help us urge states to adopt Common Core...
  • All about the Barack Hussein Obama Muslim connection to Common Core

    08/06/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by wtd · 12 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | August 5, 2015 | BNI
    All about the Barack Hussein Obama Muslim connection to Common CoreIn the last few years we have seen a movement in our country to nationalize our educational system, to implement Common Core in all schools. Inside the schools, the most drastic change has been an overwhelming influence of Islam and Sharia law. Education publishing giant, Pearson, whose biggest investor is the Libyan Investment Authority, is a major supplier of Islam-oriented text books for American schools. As is the nation of Qatar.Pearson owners are deeply involved in the Muslim Brotherhood and linked to CAIR. “Muslim Brotherhood documents seized by the...
  • Common Core: Phasing Western Culture Out of Education

    08/04/2015 2:15:33 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 13 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Dec 16, 2012 | Mary Grabar
    (Dec 16, 2012) This week, left-wing outlets, like NPR’s quiz show, Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! and the Huffington Post, as well as the British Telegraph, expressed surprise and concern that the new national Common Core standards will destroy the love of literature. The leftist outlets focused on favorites like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, but couldn’t seem to connect this unconstitutional federalization of education with their favorite presidential candidate. They should also be concerned about what the recently released test questions reveal about what the feds want: happy workers for the State....
  • Principal commits suicide amid Common Core test scandal [ New York ]

    07/26/2015 8:45:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2015 | Susan Edelman,
    The principal of an innovative West Harlem public school killed herself the day after her students took the state Common Core exams — which were later tossed out because she cheated ... Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, of Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a B train in the 135th Street station ... She was pulled out from under the train and taken to Harlem Hospital, where she died eight days later. The city Medical Examiner’s Office ruled it a suicide. The leap came at 9:20 a.m., less than 24 hours after her 47 third-graders wrapped up three days sweating...
  • Christie touting his conservative bona fides

    07/26/2015 3:25:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | July 26, 2015 | Melissa Hays, State House Bureau
    Governor Christie spent the past week on the campaign trail hitting key issues that are popular with the conservative voters who likely hold the key to his success as a Republican candidate for president. His tour through the early voting states, which includes return trips to New Hampshire and Iowa this week, comes as his campaign and a super PAC supporting his candidacy are spending a combined $1 million to run political ads nationally on Fox News that show Christie criticizing President Obama over the Iran nuclear deal, just as the next round of horse-race polls are being conducted. The...
  • Common Core: Scott Walker’s Veto on State Assessment Budget Language

    07/26/2015 3:08:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Truth in American Education ^ | July 20, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    I would be remiss not to point out a line-item veto that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made in the budget bill he signed. He made 104 line-item vetoes in the bill and one of them had to do with assessments. Walker stated he presented a budget which “(i)ncreases local control by affirming the authority of school districts to choose their own academic standards, provides a pathway to offering multiple student assessment options and prevents the mandatory application of the national Common Core Standards.” In his veto message he said (pg. 3) he then vetoed language in the bill that would...
  • Donald Trump Heaps Insults on Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Other Foes

    07/21/2015 12:26:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 150 replies
    Time ^ | 7/21/15 | Michael Scherer
    A triumphant and unrepentant Donald Trump launched a barrage of personal attacks and name-calling on his campaign rivals Tuesday, most notably calling South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham an “idiot” handing out Graham’s cell phone number to the whole world He dismissed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as “weak on immigration,” and mocked Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s glasses and Hillary Clinton’s hand wave. “What a stiff, what a stiff, Lindsey Graham. By the way he has registered zero in the polls,” Trump said, at an appearance in Bluffton, S.C. “A total lightweight. In the private sector, he couldn’t get a job.”...
  • Jeb Bush vs. Scott Walker: Round 1 of a long brawl

    07/21/2015 12:43:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | July 20, 2015 | Eli Stokols
    Suddenly, the gloves are off between Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. Surprisingly, Bush threw the first punch, sparking a back-and-forth between the two leading Republican candidates in early-state polls, both eager to highlight what they see as the other’s fatal flaw — Bush as the establishment shill and Walker as the foreign policy lightweight. It started during a town hall in Nevada Friday, when Bush took an unprovoked shot at Walker, portraying him as unserious and unsophisticated over a promise he made in his announcement speech last Monday to repeal the nuclear deal with Iran “on the very first day...
  • S-1177: Common Core Will Be Imposed on Private Schools That Get Fed Funds

    07/20/2015 4:00:45 PM PDT · by all the best · 19 replies
    Senate bill 1177 is a bipartisan measure to federalize education, all in the name of preserving local control. It will be imposed on charter schools and all private schools that accept a nickel of aid. As I said 30 years ago, “If you take the government’s nickel, you also take its noose.” S-1177 is about to pass. Here is a warning: Protecting our children from increasing oppressions and loss of freedoms will require not allowing federal S.1177 to pass. The name of S.1177, which now sits in the Senate on Capitol Hill, is also: “The Every Child Achieves Act of...
  • Walker v. Common Core: The Core Issue

    07/20/2015 11:16:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    With Election 2016 underway, and the cadre of Republican candidates prepped for initial debates, the attacks against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) have not abated, and from the right opponents have faulted Walker for his stance on Common Core. Breitbart’s Dr. Susan Berry reported in a heavily slanted (perhaps overly-long piece): Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a history of shifting his stated positions on the controversial Common Core standards and inviting the federal government into his state’s education policy plans. Experts say his current position, of allowing school districts to “opt-out” of Common Core, would not rid his state of...
  • Ted Cruz Has Money to Burn the GOP

    07/17/2015 1:02:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Bloomberg View | July 17, 2015 | Francis Wilkinson
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-07-17/ted-cruz-has-money-to-burn-the-gop
  • Teacher: I’ve loved my ‘very difficult’ job. But now Ohio has made it ‘impossible.’

    07/15/2015 4:11:04 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 55 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 14, 2015 | Scott Ervin
    One thing about teaching that is easy for parents, policy-makers and others to forget is that working with students for hours every weekday to help them learn is very, very hard work. Even in the best of schools and even with supportive administrators, teachers have unrelenting jobs. In recent years, a growing number of teachers have found that reforms which force them to test students more than ever, collect more data than ever and attend more meetings than ever, are making the job literally impossible. That’s what happened to Scott Ervin, who has worked as a teacher, principal and discipline...
  • Missing From Scott Walker's AP Release-Common Core

    07/13/2015 3:30:52 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 50 replies
    The Tea Party Nation ^ | 7/13/2015 | Donna Gardner
    “Missing from Scott Walker’s AP Press Release…Common Core” By Donna Garner 7.13.15 Scott Walker has decided to announce for the Presidency today, but notice what has been left out of Scott Walker’s AP press release…any mention of Common Core. Leading up to today’s launch, Scott Walker meant to tout his supposed “success” at dumping Common Core in Wisconsin; but when the grassroots people of Wisconsin caught him in a lie, he was forced to retreat from his original press release and hope nobody noticed. We noticed! Instead of dumping Common Core as often publicly stated by Scott Walker once he...
  • Obama’s Education Secretary Loves Common Core For Your Kids, BUT NOT HIS

    07/13/2015 5:32:00 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/10/15 | Eric Owens
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s wife has moved to Chicago so the couple’s two daughters can attend the University of Chicago Lab School, arguably the most elite private school in Chicago — and certainly among the most expensive. Duncan has led the Department of Education since the outset of President Barack Obama’s administration. He will shuttle between Washington and Chicago for the remainder of Obama’s second term, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The former chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools has been a forceful cheerleader for the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a set of K-12 math and language arts curriculum...
  • House narrowly votes to renew No Child Left Behind after drama

    07/09/2015 5:54:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 8, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    The House on Wednesday voted to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind law, resurrecting a bill that Republican leaders were forced to pull from the floor earlier this year due to conservative opposition. Passage fell narrowly along party lines on a vote of 218-213, with 27 Republicans joining all Democrats in opposition to nearly derail it on the floor. For most of the roll call, the bill had more votes against it than in favor. Many Republicans either held out their votes until the last minute or changed their votes under pressure from GOP leaders.
  • House Republicans Betray Common Core Moms

    07/11/2015 3:27:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    thepulse2016.com ^ | july 9, 2015 | Emmett McGroarty
    The Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives has worked a tremendous disservice on its members and the American children, parents, and taxpayers.  Yesterday, after heavy wrangling by Republican leadership, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). By failing to eliminate or even curb the federal testing mandates, the bill instead serves the testing industry rather than the people.  Under NCLB, that industry has grown to a $2 billion per year enterprise. As reported by PR Watch: School testing corporations have spent at least $20 million on lobbying along with wining and...
  • Fresh Crap, Every Day.

    07/09/2015 5:00:49 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 15 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-9-2015 | MOTUS
    If you’re one of those people who believes there’s no such thing as a coincidence, you’re my kind of cynic. And yesterday was your kind of day: The Wall Street Journal, United Airlines, New York Stock Exchange…all with “computer glitches?” I think not.-Do you think it’s a coincidence that America’s spelling has deteriorated since we adopted Common Core standards? Pleaze diskuss amongst yerselves.That’s right, fresh crap every day.Posted from: Michelle Obama’s Mirror
  • 58 Wisconsin Grassroots Leaders Warn Scott Walker: "No More Games on Common Core"

    07/08/2015 9:02:02 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 13 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 7/7/2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Associated Press by Dr. Susan Berry7 Jul 2015216 On Monday 58 Wisconsin grassroots leaders signed onto an open letter to Scott Walker, asserting to the Republican governor and likely presidential candidate they want “no more games on Common Core.” At issue is the fact that while Walker proposed defunding the Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced exam in his budget, the new “Badger Exam” that replaces it will also be aligned with the controversial standards, making it unlikely that many local school districts would opt for non-Common Core standards. In a statement to Breitbart News, parent and anti-Common Core grassroots activist Jeffrey...
  • Trump mocks Bush over Common Core, immigration

    07/08/2015 7:28:18 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/7/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Donald Trump ratcheted up the war of words with Jeb Bush on Tuesday, calling the former Florida governor’s support for Common Core education standards “pathetic” and his stance on immigration “baby stuff.” In an interview on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record,” Trump was asked whether he’d consider running as an independent if he didn’t win the Republican nomination. Trump responded that he believed he’d do well running a third-party candidacy but his intent right now is to run as a Republican. “I will say that I love the Republican Party [but] I think they’re making tremendous mistakes,” Trump said....
  • A Uniter and A Fighter: Bush and Walker Videos Illustrate Appeals

    07/07/2015 12:17:26 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 7, 2015 | Reid J. Epstein
    To see how Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are approaching the 2016 presidential campaign, listen to the background music in the web videos their respective campaigns released Tuesday. The soundtrack to Mr. Bush’s video is a series of simple piano scales, from low to high notes, representing the sort of happy-warrior optimism from a candidate who said he’d only seek the White House if he could do so “joyfully.” Mr. Bush narrates the video from footage acquired at his various campaign events. For Mr. Walker’s video – a setup to his planned campaign launch next Monday – the foreboding orchestral...
  • What Every American Should Know...

    07/06/2015 9:11:14 AM PDT · by Excellence · 13 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 3, 2015 | What Every American Should Know
    This is an age when Confederate monuments still stand; when white-privilege denialism is surging on social media;... And that’s looking only at race. Add gender, guns, gays, and God to the mix and the culture war seems to be raging along quite nicely. Yet from another perspective, much of this angst can be interpreted as part of a noisy but inexorable endgame: the end of white supremacy. Not long after his original book came out, Hirsch published the first of several editions of a Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. [T]he Internet has transformed who makes culture and how. [Thus, the] omni-American...
  • STOP ECAA: Common Core

    07/03/2015 5:48:02 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    SENATE SET for July 7th The Senate Washington Cartel is poised to set a fast one to authorize No Child Left Behind: PUSH BACK! I don't know how to TWEET but please help by joining in!
  • Teachable Moment on Baltimore Missed

    07/02/2015 7:19:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 30, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Here’s what so-called “teachable moments” in academia generally miss—the decade those moments are in. “There is a revolution taking place in the United States,” Stanford researchers Travis Bristol and Claude Goldenberg write of their Edutopia course “Teachable Moments and Academic Rigor.”* “What started in Ferguson, Missouri has marched on to other cities and, as Pedro Noguera notes, ‘widespread poverty, chronic interpersonal violence, and a nonfunctioning economy where work is scarce’ are the root causes.” “Even while we, as a country, have barely begun to address the troubling meaning behind the incidents of violence between law enforcement and U.S. citizens of...
  • Ohio drops PARCC testing (Hated Common Core Testing Ended; Kasich Signs)

    07/01/2015 11:06:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 33 replies
    Galion Inquirer ^ | July 1st, 2015
    Ohio dropped the PARCC Common Core testing consortium Tuesday night after a series of complaints from educators and parents, including concerns from north central Ohio. Gov. John Kasich signed a compromise two-year budget which concurred with Ohio Senate and House leaders that the Math and English exams would end in Ohio. According to a report, Ohio spent $26 million in online and print testing last year. “The people of the state of Ohio seem to have spoken loudly that they don’t want the PARCC,” State Sen. Peggy Lehner told reporters.
  • Jeb Bush Leads in New Poll. Here’s Why Conservatives Don’t Need to Worry About It

    06/30/2015 9:34:33 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06-30-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Breitbart reports that, according to a new NBC/WSJ poll released yesterday, Jeb Bush is the current leader in the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates. According to the poll, Bush is supported by 22% of primary voters. Scott Walker is second with 17%, and Marco Rubio is third with 14%. Everybody else comes behind (this includes Ben Carson and Ted Cruz). Although I saw many conservatives on Facebook explode at this news, I’m not worried at all. You see, Bush has only two strengths: 1. He’s a Bush. This is a strength because it means instant name recognition. Additionally, although...
  • Common Core Crack-Up

    06/29/2015 7:43:31 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in education continue to crumble when they encounter reality. “Not a single junior at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School showed up to take this spring’s Smarter Balanced tests (SBAC—one version of the COMMON Core standardized tests), according to a school district spokeswoman,” according to the editors at Rethinking Schools. “Earlier this year, a group of teachers, administrators, parents, and students had agreed to boycott the standardized tests, but Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland threatened teachers with the loss of their teachers licenses if they didn’t administer the test.” “Under this pressure, the school’s...
  • California school backtracks on Common Core opt-out punishment

    06/25/2015 12:28:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A California high school where a majority of juniors opted out of Common Core testing has backed off of plans to ban the students from using the school’s parking lot and from taking part in senior class activities after parents and education groups raised a fuss. C.J. Foss, principal of Calabasas High School in Los Angeles County, last week sent an email to seniors-to-be announcing that certain privileges would be withheld from students who skipped the controversial test, which detractors say is an attempt to nationalize America’s public education system. Although the test, which critics say dictates curriculum, is widely...
  • Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

    06/23/2015 11:00:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 23, 2015 1:23 PM EDT | Carolyn Thompson
    The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not. So curriculum director Tammy Baumann and her team took the books apart, literally. Then they rearranged lessons, filled in holes with outside material and put it all together in what will be the K-2 math curriculum in the fall at her district in East Lansing, Michigan. It was a time-consuming but necessary response, Baumann said, to what appears to be a near-universal lament of teachers as they page through textbooks and websites: a lack of high-quality teaching materials aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards that have been adopted by most...
  • Grading the Common Core: No Teaching Experience Required

    06/23/2015 7:59:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 22, 2015 | Motoko Rich
    The new academic standards known as the Common Core emphasize critical thinking, complex problem-solving and writing skills, and put less stock in rote learning and memorization. So the standardized tests given in most states this year required fewer multiple choice questions and far more writing on topics like this one posed to elementary school students: Read a passage from a novel written in the first person, and a poem written in the third person, and describe how the poem might change if it were written in the first person.
  • Common Core critics protest Jeb Bush speech in Tampa

    06/20/2015 1:43:49 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | June 19, 2015 | Mitch Perry
    Two hours before Jeb Bush was scheduled to address hundreds of people at the Hillsborough County Republican Lincoln Day dinner in Tampa, fifteen opponents of Common Core education standards stood outside the Pepin Hospitality protesting the former Florida Governor’s appearance. “I’m against anything that nationalizes education,” said Emma Jane Miller, a former private school teacher from Valrico who helped organize the rally. She’s also a member of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, and said she was unhappy that she didn’t have a say so on who the party chose to headline their annual fundraising event. “When Jeb Bush left...