Middle of the week… articles and updates.

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NO DOUBT!  Indiana is what everyone is talking about….
Pence Signs Bill to End Common Core in Indiana

However, there is still reason to proceed with caution..
Indiana Standards Review Process, Not Producing Results

Especially when an expert is saying this…
Indiana’s proposed education standards are a ‘warmed-over’ version of Common Core, expert says


Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data — not children. I quit.
When I first began teaching more than 25 years ago, hands-on exploration, investigation, joy and love of learning characterized the early childhood classroom.  I’d describe our current period as a time of testing, data collection, competition and punishment. One would be hard put these days to find joy present in classrooms.

Bill Gates loves Common Core for your kids, BUT NOT HIS

Strangely enough, though, Common Core isn’t quite good enough for Gates and his wife, Melinda, when it comes to the education of their own three children.

Get To Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords
The foundational myth of Common Core is that it’s a “state-led” initiative with grassroots support that was crafted by local educators for the good of all of our children. But the cash and power behind the new ad campaign tell you all you need to know. For parents in the know, this will be a refresher course. But repeated lies must be countered with redoubled truths.

Chuck Grassley Leads Effort to Defund Common Core in U.S. Senate

(Washington, DC) Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter seeking cosigners for a letter that will be sent to the leaders of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee – Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) asking that they include language in their next appropriations bill to block the further use of any funding from the U.S. Department of Education to incentivize or otherwise coerce states into adopting and retaining the Common Core State Standards.

Test glitch means all Kansas schools will be accredited
The tests have little real impact for students, but they are important for the schools and state Department of Education because they are used as the basis for accrediting schools and qualifying for federal funding.

Glitches cited as Wichita school officials put off state tests ‘until further notice’
“There’s so much activity on there … the portal itself got overloaded,” said Brad Neuenswander, deputy education commissioner for the Kansas Department of Education.  “It’s one of those things that you can’t replicate and pilot until you allow people to actually log into the system and test it. … And that’s what this year is all about. It’s a test run.

More great presentations!

These are from our friends at ROPE – Restore Oklahoma Public Education.

Melissa Wilkins “Deer Creek Parent: My Education Experience”
Donita Brown “Are Common Core Standards Developmentally Appropriate?”

And if you haven’t seen this great response by a dad, please take a look.  There is a reason it has gone viral!  You can also watch a short interview with the dad from the Glenn Beck program here:

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