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  • 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...
  • Houston district opens ‘Arabic Immersion School’ to create ‘global citizens’

    06/20/2015 9:00:28 AM PDT · by tschatski · 51 replies
    EAG News.com ^ | Victor Skinner
    HOUSTON – About 130 Houston student will attend a new Arabic immersion school next year, where they will learn to speak Arabic as they learn “to be truly global citizens.” “With kids who learn Arabic, as a parent you’re going to set them up for success, as a teacher you’re going to challenge them to do the best they can, but that skill of learning Arabic and being fluent in it really can be life-changing for a Houston kid,” Kate Adams, the principal of Houston Independent School District’s Arabic Immersion Magnet School, told Houston Public Media. “In addition to the...
  • NC School District Okay With Gay Marriage Fairy Tale for Third Graders

    06/20/2015 12:04:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 19, 2015 | 12:57 PM EDT | Emily Richards
    A public school district in North Carolina is allowing the use of a controversial fairy tale about gay marriage to be read in its elementary schools despite widespread community opposition. Omar Currie, a former 3rd grade teacher at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, read King & King—a book about two gay “princes” who fall in love and get married—to his third grade students in April after he said one student teased another by calling him “gay” in gym class. Currie resigned this week after the parents of three students filed written complaints to the school media review committee. Meg Goodhand, the assistant...
  • First joint appearance lacks debate feel, but gubernatorial hopefuls continue public sparring

    06/19/2015 11:53:34 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/19/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    The first “debate” between Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin Friday wasn’t an exchange of ideas, but rather a pair of broad speeches limited to 15 minutes with only Bevin, by virtue of speaking last, given an opportunity at rebuttal. The two shared the stage for the first time as their parties’ nominees at the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association/Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Summer Conference at the Galt House in Louisville. Their pre-lunch remarks drew about 300. Both Conway and Bevin did their best to present their visions for the state in the allotted...
  • Conservatives Should Be on Board With Jeb Bush express (hahahahahaha)

    06/19/2015 5:34:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | 6/17/15 | A.J. DELGADO
    No, no, no! Another Bush?!” Such was my reaction, and that of many other conservatives, last year when rumors of a potential Jeb Bush 2016 candidacy began to surface. Words like “dynasty” and “legacy” were a constant. “What don’t you like about Jeb?” someone would ask, to which we would sputter the following nonsensical retort: “Hm, well — c’mon, a Bush?” Yet several realities began to dawn upon us: (1) in all the kneejerk reflectiveness against the idea of a Bush, we had hardly evaluated the man on his actual record; (2) the idea of “not another Bush” was a...
  • PA: Scores of teachers bow to Allah, celebrate Islam, visit local mosque to learn more about Islam

    06/13/2015 5:05:37 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 28 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 6/10/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Photo: Teachers took time off school to attend a Muslim prayer session, courtesy of the taxpayer. /Photo: Lebanon Daily News Key questions: –Where is the separation of mosque and state? –If special accommodation is going to be made for Islam, where are the days devoted to Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Mormonism, Bahai’ism, et al? –Is this not a violation of the establishment clause? Taxpayer dollars are being used to fund dawah (proselytizing for Islam). Why aren’t these teachers being given a seminar by Robert Spencer and Ibn Warraq about the jihadic doctrine and Islam’s 1,400 year history of jihadi wars,...
  • ( Colorado ) State board chair Marcia Neal resigns, citing “dysfunction”

    06/11/2015 5:43:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Chalkbeat Colorado ^ | June 11, 2015 | Todd Engdahl
    Marcia Neal, chair of the State Board of Education, announced her resignation Thursday morning. In an interview with Chalkbeat Colorado, Neal said board dysfunction was one reason for her decision. “You know how dysfunctional we are, and that is really difficult for me,” Neal said. “I find it really difficult to deal with that.” ... Neal’s departure comes at the same time as education Commissioner Robert Hammond is preparing to leave the department. He announced his retirement, effective later this month, in late April. The composition of the seven-member board and the tone of its meetings changed after new members...
  • Pennsylvania Teachers Get Tax-Paid Training in Bowing to Allah

    06/11/2015 10:41:00 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 06/11/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Fifty or so teachers and administrators with the Lebanon School District in Pennsylvania, including the superintendent, were just given a day of specialized training on Islam – at taxpayers’ expense – that wrapped with them hitting the floors of a local mosque, in the required shoeless fashion, and partaking of the faith’s call to prayer. Can you say what the –? Or better yet, how about imaging this “what if” scenario: Fifty or so teachers and administrators with one Pennsylvania school district were just given a day of specialized training on the Baptist faith – at taxpayers’ expense – that...
  • Scholars Blast U.S. History Rewrite

    06/11/2015 10:35:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.11.15 | Joy Pullmann
    Fifty-five top historians have signed an open letter criticizing the College Board’s revamp of its Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum, in which half a million of the nation’s brightest students enroll each year. It is the final U.S. history class many ever take. The National Association of Scholars, which coordinated the letter, notes: “Lynne Cheney, Bruce Cole, Patrick J. Deneen, Robert George, Leon Kass, Victor Davis Hanson, and Harvey Mansfield signed the letter, among several dozen other prominent scholars.” Their letter says: The College Board’s 2014 Advanced Placement Examination shortchanges students by imposing on them an arid, fragmentary, and misleading...
  • PA school district holds staff training, joins prayer service at Islamic mosque

    06/09/2015 8:58:30 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 42 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | June 9, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    LEBANON, Pa. – Dozens of teachers and administrators in Pennsylvania’s Lebanon School District recently attended a taxpayer-funded in-service workshop at a local mosque to learn about Islam and Arabic culture. About 50 staffers from the district attended an in-service workshop Monday led by former district Arabic translator Mohamed Omar, who “took time off from his new job as a case worker for the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia to share his knowledge of Islam with the staff, which included Superintendent Marianne Bartley and several other administrators,” the Lebanon Daily News reports. The workshop started off at the high school...
  • Scott Walker Drafts a Homeschooled Army

    06/09/2015 5:21:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Betsy Woodruff
    Walker has courted the homeschool community for years and, as he inches toward a presidential run, those relationships could prove more important than ever. When Scott Walker talks about education—whether he’s in the parking lot of Office Products Co. in Eau Claire, Wisc. or on stage at Disney World in front of deep-pocketed, business-friendly donors—he mentions homeschooling. Perhaps more than any other 2016er, Walker is consistent and vocal in acknowledging that homeschooling is a valid form of education—and this support could pay huge political dividends in the Republican primary. He mentioned it in his 2015 budget address, in his 2014...
  • New No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Attempt Targets Opt-Out Movement

    06/08/2015 9:51:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Emmett McGroarty
    Editor's Note: this column was co-authored by Lisa Henson, an attorney, activist, and mom, regarding the No Child Left Behind Re-authorization and the Common Core testing opt-out movement.The latest attempt to reauthorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB), sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patti Murray (D-WA) and euphemistically named the Every Child Achieves Act), has surprisingly gained bi-partisan support. But it targets the Opt-Out movement, one of the great grassroots phenomena. Here’s what’s going on.For decades, education policy-making has been increasingly centralized. Legislatures, local boards of education, and parents have been marginalized. In 2002, NCLB made things worse. Building on prior...
  • Musings Of An Average Joe: Did Carly Fiorina Say Education Is Overrated? If So, She’s Right

    06/07/2015 2:40:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | June 7, 2015 | Joe Bilello
    Speaking to the Iowa-based blog Caffeinated Thoughts earlier this year, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina expressed her opposition to Common Core, criticizing the Chinese model of education and the idea of using standardized testing to gauge success in education. "I also think the argument for Common Core is frequently, 'Oh, we have to compete with the Chinese. I have been doing business in China for decades, and I will tell you that yeah, the Chinese can take a test, but what they can't do is innovate. They are not terribly imaginative." Fiorina’s comments may be...
  • He’s Dead, Jim: Why Common Core Is a Goner and Just Doesn’t Know It Yet

    06/07/2015 12:55:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 7, 2015 | Ze’ev Wurman
    Every other day we hear from Common Core proponents about how wonderful these standards are, how teachers really (really!) love them, and how impossible it would be to do any better.Just the other day, Education Week gloated how the new South Carolina standards are “89 percent in alignment with the common core for English/language arts, and 92 percent in alignment with the common core for math.” It reminded us that the new post-Common Core Indiana standards are also “a set of benchmarks not so different from the Common Core.”The underlying message is that Common Core standards are so excellent and...
  • FLORIDA : Rally-Protest against Jeb Bush & Common Core Aristocracy : Tampa June-19 (Friday) @ 4:30PM

    06/06/2015 5:20:37 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 4 replies
    Ted Cruz Florida Grassroots Victory Team ^ | 2015-06-06 | Patton@Bastogne
    . Florida Conservatives against Jeb Bush and Common Core ! U.S. Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has declared ”We Should Repeal Every Word of Common Core" ... Join us in protesting Common Core and Jeb Bush's aristocratic presidential ambitions on Friday, June 20 in Tampa ! The Ted Cruz Florida Grassroots Victory Team (www.TedCruzFloridaVictory.org) will be there. A sharp salute and thanks to Nancy G. Fogel for her excellent leadership in Florida's crusade against Common Core. Event Facebook RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/489170374570771/ .
  • For Jeb Bush, the challenge remains making it about ‘Jeb,’ not ‘Bush’ (Liberal puff piece)

    06/06/2015 7:27:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/6/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — A banner in the town square says, “Happy 90th Barbara Bush.” Postcards read “Kennebunkport: 2 presidents, 1 town.” A local gift shop is already selling unofficial “Jeb Bush 2016” magnets. In this coastal hamlet made famous by George H.W. Bush and his cigarette boat, it is hard to escape the Bush family — but Jeb Bush is trying very hard to do so. After festivities this weekend to celebrate his mother’s 90th birthday, Bush will jet overseas for a foreign-policy tour and then launch his 2016 presidential campaign 1,500 miles to the south in Miami. The iconic...
  • Amnesty and Common Core: Two Sides of the Same Coin – Part II

    06/03/2015 3:22:02 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr 30, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Government, corporate, and education elites, often supported by religious leaders, have championed both the Common Core standards and amnesty for illegal immigrants, issues that have long been enmeshed in the progressive agenda that includes labor and education. In Part I, we examined how Marc Tucker, president and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), was instrumental in the 1990s in helping the Clintons establish the direct funding route from the federal government to state governors and their appointees, circumventing local school boards and state legislatures – the very reason state boards of education, most of them...
  • Amnesty and Common Core: Two Sides of the Same Coin – Part I

    06/03/2015 2:06:55 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr 28, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Is there any wonder why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and scores of elites from both political parties are ardent champions of both amnesty for illegal immigrants and the Common Core centralized educational standards? Both issues are related, have been enmeshed for years in the progressive agenda that includes labor and education, and could be close to being fully realized were it not for grassroots groups of Americans joining together against the status quo of government, corporate, and education elites. The relationship between Common Core and amnesty could readily be...
  • Jeb Bush Offered To Help Obama Administration Re-Authorize No Child Left Behind, Emails Show

    06/02/2015 3:18:46 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 6/2/15 | Ilan Ben-Meir
    Jeb Bush’s correspondence with the Department of Education shows the Florida Republican offered to help Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the re-authorization of the controversial education law. In an email from 2009 obtained by BuzzFeed News, Jeb Bush offered assistance to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind – the controversial education legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush. In the email, the former Florida governor proposes a meeting between Patricia Levesque, at the time the executive director of Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, and a high-level official at the Department of...
  • Journey to the Center of the Common Core, Pt. 2

    06/01/2015 7:45:37 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 12 replies
    In Part 1, we took a look at what the Common Core (CC) standards are all about, and their close compliance with the aims and goals of UNESCO and the U.S. Department of Education. We also looked at how there was very little public comment or debate on Common Core prior to its adoption. We also learned Common Core is a “national program, written by a national team,” which contradicts proponents’ claims that CC is a voluntary States’ initiative. In this article, we will look at the origins of Common Core, and a little more on just what CC is...
  • Expeditionary Learning a Common Core Partner in Social Justice Indoctrination

    06/01/2015 7:37:50 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 1 replies
    Danette Clark ^ | Aug 8, 2014 | Danette Clark
    (Aug 8, 2014) Last week, Ben Velderman of EAGnews reported that John J. Duggan Middle School in Springfield, MA will re-open this school year as Duggan Expeditionary Learning Magnet School, a Grade 6 -12 school with an emphasis on social justice. Since its beginning, Expeditionary Learning (EL) has been a partner of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), the leftist indoctrination reform (and people) behind Common Core. In February of 2013, Expeditionary Learning (EL) was chosen by the State of New York “to create Common Core-aligned English language arts and literacy curriculum for grades 3-5 and to deliver Common Core...
  • The Choice Charade

    The public has been misled to believe that “choice” in education means more parental freedom to determine the best educational placement for their children. This is not what “choice” means to education reformers. “Choice” to these reformers is a tool -- a tool to advance education reform from point A to point Z. Parents traditionally have had the right to educate their children at a public, private, religious, parochial or home school. But this is not what the reformers mean by “choice.”. Their “choice” is a Trojan Horse entering society under the guise of vouchers, tuition tax credits, charter schools...
  • The real history of Common Core: ‘Black helicopters’ all over the place

    05/31/2015 6:31:41 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | Mar 14, 2014 | Danette Clark
    Despite the left’s efforts to convince us that Obama’s relationship with William Ayers was irrelevant... the facts that prove otherwise are plenty and can no longer be ignored. To understand the agenda (and lies) at the core of our new national standards, you have to go back to why many on the right were concerned about Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers to begin with – their work on education reform. The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), a progressive education reform model rooted in the social justice pedagogy of John Dewey and Paulo Freire, was expanded by President Obama and communist...
  • David Brooks: 'Obama Has Run An Amazingly Scandal-Free Administration' [mentions my blog]

    05/31/2015 4:47:12 PM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 31, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    <p>Despite 6-1/2 years of horrid governance and dozens of acknowledged scandals, several of which a few of the credible remaining outposts of liberal thought have actually agreed are scandals, David Brooks, the New York Times's resident fake conservative, asserted on Friday's PBS NewsHour, as if it's an indisputable fact, that "President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him."</p>