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    Pence OKs Education Standards for Indiana; Hit as Common Core Remix

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence yesterday signed off on new education standards for Indiana schools despite protests from Hoosiers who say the standards are a rebranded form of the much-disputed Common Core program. “We have clearly become not only the first state to step out of the Common Core but in … More

    It’s a Lot More Likely You’ll Hear a Liberal Commencement Speaker

    Liberal speakers at college commencements outnumber conservative speakers by two to one, a study by Campus Reform shows. This spring’s list of commencement speakers includes President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, as well as their Democratic predecessors in those offices – Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Not on the … More

    Indiana, Common Core, and a Great Opportunity to Reverse Course

    Indiana has a great opportunity to implement education standards that are “written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high,” as Governor Mike Pence (R) wants to do. One option for doing this would be to re-adopt Indiana’s prior state standards. Before the advent of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), … More

    Threat to School Choice in New Hampshire Continues

    The constitutionality of New Hampshire’s education tax credit program is being considered this week by the state’s supreme court. This is not the first time parental choice in education has been challenged in the Granite State. The New Hampshire legislature passed the tax credit bill in 2012, overriding a veto … More

    ‘Punished for Teaching Science’: Popular Teacher Suspended for ‘Research and Development of Imitation Weapons’

    Greg Schiller’s classroom seems to be a fruitful learning environment. One of his students recently stated, “He’s a really great teacher, and he really cares, he really wants to teach and he loves teaching.” It’s no surprise that he’s such a popular science teacher. It is astonishing, however, that he’s … More

    A Monstrous Injustice

    On Tuesday, we told the appalling story of Christian Stanfield, a 15-year-old kid with special needs who was, in effect, convicted of the crime of being bullied. After reviewing the trial transcript, it’s clear that convicting this helpless kid of disorderly conduct was criminally dumb. As first reported by Benswann.com, … More

    Pushback Continues: States Grow Increasingly Wary of Common Core

    Common Core is on the ropes. More and more states are pulling back from the national standards as the 2014–15 school year implementation deadline looms near. In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal (R)—formerly a Common Core supporter—is now encouraging the legislature to remove the state from the Common Core aligned Partnership … More

    Testing the Tests: Common Core Implementation Continues to Prove Problematic

    Common Core proponents are doing their best to boost public perceptions of new national standards and tests as the fall implementation deadline looms. Last week, Vox reported, “Common Core tests are in classrooms—and they’re actually working.” But then the article’s author, Libby Nelson, goes on to state: There have been … More

    Over DOJ Objections, Parents Allowed to Intervene in Louisiana School Choice Case

    Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned a federal district court ruling in a victory for school choice in Louisiana. As we’ve written before, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been particularly hostile to Louisiana’s school choice program. So hostile, in fact, that last … More

    Court Orders Louisiana to Put Feds Before Families in Voucher Notifications

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) hasn’t succeeded in stopping Louisiana’s statewide voucher program, so now it’s trying to bury it in paperwork. Last August, DOJ tried to use a 40-year-old desegregation court order, Brumfield v. Dodd, to block Louisiana’s school voucher program from continuing to operate—despite the fact that … More