School District Votes to Opt Out Students from Common Core Testing

Local control of schools is alive and well, but you need to go to Colorado Springs to get it.  KOAA NBC 5 reports that Colorado Springs School District 11 has voted to seek approval from the Colorado State Board of Education to opt its 30,0000 students out of Common Core standardized testing.  In lieu of testing all students, the District has proposed to test a random sample of students – enough to meet the […]

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Common Core: Pullman’s Top Ten Concerns Are Likely Yours As Well

In her article, “Top Ten Things Parents Hate About Common Core,” Joy Pullman of the Heartland Institute provides a summary of Common Core’s worst attributes:

The Senseless, Infuriating Math
The Lies
Obliterating Parent Rights
Dirty Reading Assignments
Turning Kids Into Corporate Cogs
The Data Collection and Populace Management
Distancing Parents and Children Making Little Kids Cry
The Arrogance
The Collectivism

Joy Pullman has been at the forefront of the fight against Common Core providing insightful writing, valuable research, and helpful testimony to state legislative […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|All Posts, Common Core, News, Ohio Politics, U.S. Politics|Comments Off on Common Core: Pullman’s Top Ten Concerns Are Likely Yours As Well

Common Core Platitudes Dispelled by High School Principal

In her article, “Four Common Core ‘flimflams'”, Carol Burris strikes down the most oft-heard statements from Common Core proponents. Ohio parents will recognize these talking points as they are frequently parrotted by school officials, the Kasich administration, and some members of the state legislature. 

The Washington Post published Burris’ article and reported that she is a New York high school principal and a previous supporter of Common Core. Once NY started implementing the standards, Burris […]

By |September 25th, 2014|All Posts, Common Core, News, Ohio Politics, U.S. Politics|Comments Off on Common Core Platitudes Dispelled by High School Principal

Common Core Isn’t Free: How Much Has Your School District Spent?

An important, but unreported aspect of the Common Core debate is the amount of local taxpayer resources – both in terms of money and man hours – school districts have expended implementing the Common Core Standards.

The 2009 federal stimulus bill offered states and local school districts the opportunity to compete for Race to the Top (RTT) grants to help pay for innovative education reform initiatives.  What was not well publicized was that in order to […]

Ohio Teacher Speaks Out Against Excessive Standardized Testing

Dawn Neely-Randall, an Ohio language arts teacher, speaks out boldly against excessive standardized testing in her article which was published by the Washington Post.  With the advent of the PARCC tests (the Common Core achievement tests) and the third grade reading guarantee, Ohio students are taking standardized tests multiple times a year.

Ms. Randall explains how this increased testing takes away from classroom time prohibiting children from reading “as many rich, engaging pieces of literature […]

Feds Strike Back After Oklahoma Repeals Common Core

Breitbart reports that the Obama administration has rescinded Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver in response to the state’s repeal of Common Core making it clear that the feds will not sit idly by as states assert authority over their own education policy.

NCLB was put in place under the second President Bush and requires that all schools in a state meet yearly progress goals for their test scores.  Schools which do not meet […]

“Isolated Math Facts” Can Cause Discomfort for “Young Learners”

Greg Gutfeld of the Fox News show “The Five” provides the best example yet of the absurdity of Common Core math as he provides commentary and plays for you what he calls a “Common Core Helper Video.”

Watch and listen and you will be amazed at how our modern education system can make the simple, complex.

 

The Daily Signal explains the origin of the “Homework Helper Videos” HERE.

WGRZ, an NBC affiliate in Buffalo, NY aired the […]

Jindal Sues Feds Over Education Grants, State Sovereignty, and Common Core

Fox News reports that Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has sued the federal government over  federal intrusion into state education policy.  His suit cites the concerns of many Common Core opponents that the federal grant program tied to Common Core “effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum.”  Fox News describes the nature of the lawsuit as follows:  
“In the suit, Jindal argues that the Education Department’s $4.3 billion grant program ‘effectively […]

By |September 4th, 2014|All Posts, Common Core, News, Ohio Politics, U.S. Politics|Comments Off on Jindal Sues Feds Over Education Grants, State Sovereignty, and Common Core

Student Anonymity Can’t Be Guaranteed in Data Release

In light of the court ordered data release of Ohio public school student’s private educational information, it is important for parents to understand that leaving off student name, address, and social security number from a datafile does not mean that your child’s identity will remain anonymous.

Joy Pullman of the Heartland Institute discusses this issue with Richard Innis, educational analyst with the Bluegrass Institute, as they explore data privacy concerns with the extensive student data-tracking […]

By |August 29th, 2014|All Posts, Common Core, News, Ohio Politics|Comments Off on Student Anonymity Can’t Be Guaranteed in Data Release

Public Polling and Statehouse Activity All Point To Rough Waters Ahead for Common Core

The 46th annual PDK International/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released last week, and for Common Core opponents, there’s good news – your message is resonating.  Here are some key findings from the poll:

In 2013, the PDK/Galllup poll found that 62% of Americans had never heard of Common Core.  But in 2014, 81% of Americans had heard about Common Core, with 47% indicating they know “a great deal or […]

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