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    WATCH: Colbert Mocks Sample Common Core Math Problems

    On his show last night, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert expressed concern about adopting Common Core into public schools, mocking some of the sample Common Core math problems assigned to students. “But folks, as much as I didn’t expect it, I may be coming around to the Common Core because … More

    Common Core: “Building the Machine” Debut

    The Home School Legal Defense Association released its long-awaited documentary on the Common Core national standards last week, Building the Machine. The film offers clarity to an initiative that is little known by the American public but will affect millions of students across the country. Spearheaded in 2009 by the … More

    Ryan Budget: Some Smart Reforms, but Education Spending Continues Apace

    The budget presented by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–Wis.) provides a topline function 500 (spending on education, training, employment, and social services) budget of nearly $74 billion. The $73.9 billion budget ($864 billion over 10 years) makes some important reforms to the federal Pell Grant program. It would … More

    Boy Wonders: How Do You Solve Math Problem with Essay?

    A second-grader in San Jose, Calif., knew how to find the difference on his math homework, but struggled to come up with answers for a “number sentence” and essay question that would square with new national education standards. So the boy offered the best response he could. “I got the … More

    Indiana Ends Common Core Education Standards

    Indiana’s experiment with Common Core is over. Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation today requiring the state to come up with its own academic standards, making Indiana the latest state to pull its support for the national education standards known as Common Core. “I believe our students are best served when … More

    ‘Special Consideration’ for ‘non-Christian’ Job Applicants?

    A provision in a Michigan teachers’ union contract calling for “special consideration” to be given to “minority” job applicants including “those of the non-Christian faith” was removed by the Ferndale School District this week after the language was identified as a violation of the Federal Civil Rights Act. Michigan Capitol … More

    Charter Schools: Higher Graduation Rates and Higher Earnings in Early Adulthood

    Free from a number of burdensome government regulations, public charter schools are a big hit among parents. And now, according to a new study, students in charter schools in Florida and Chicago are out-performing their public school counterparts—especially when comparing graduation rates and earnings in early adulthood. The latter is … More

    Military Families Want Educational Options That Meet Their Children’s Needs

    Military families stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, have proposed their own K–8 charter school on base to meet the unique needs of their children. The proposed charter school would serve up to 875 students, which is likely to fill quickly as the base expands to accommodate … More