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    Florida to Withdraw from Common Core Assessments; Other States May Soon Follow

    Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), citing concerns over federal overreach, issued an executive order last week limiting the Sunshine State’s involvement with the Common Core national assessments. While the executive order does not remove Florida from the Common Core national standards, it directs the state board of education to withdraw … More

    One Parent’s Fight Against Common Core Education Standards: “Is This America?”

    That was the question asked by a parent while he was being escorted out of a public forum held by the Maryland State Department of Education. The reason he was escorted out: He dared to challenge the school superintendents on Common Core education standards. The concerned parent, after being interrupted … More

    Common Core Lacks Common (Business) Sense

    Proponents of the Common Core national standards push, including the U.S. Department of Education, have long argued that Common Core is a state-led initiative. Why, then, would Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—and special guest President Obama—meet with more than 40 CEOs to promote Common Core? President Obama and the nation’s … More

    Obama Administration Threatens the Dreams of Low-Income Students in Louisiana

    Days after commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the Obama Administration filed suit against the Louisiana Scholarship Program, which has provided thousands of low-income children more opportunity to make their dreams reality. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed suit to stop the program, claiming that … More

    Poll Reveals "A Nation Confused" on Common Core National Standards

    A bundle of federal incentives encouraged 45 states to adopt Common Core national standards and tests. But a new poll shows that most Americans have no idea what the Common Core is—even though it will have major ramifications for their children and their tax dollars. Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup … More

    College Accreditation Regime Putting Roadblocks in the Way of Online Schools

    Last month Ivy Bridge College, a two-year online degree program,was ordered to discontinue operations. With the help of technology firm Altius Education, Ohio-based Tiffin College created Ivy Bridge in 2010 to deliver associate’s degrees to students. The Ivy Bridge partnership primarily served low-income working adults (69 percent are below the … More

    Fulfilling the Dream

    This week, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. My own journey—to provide an opportunity for quality education for all children—began in Little Rock, Arkansas. It continued in Washington, D.C., and has now brought me full circle back to Little Rock to stand with parents so that … More

    UPDATE: North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest Reveals the Bureaucracy Behind Common Core

    Why did North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest just receive 40,000 sheets of paper in the mail? In July, Forest sent the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) a request for information on the Common Core national standards. DPI officials responded by asking Forest to send them 10,000 sheets of … More

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Celebrates 10 Years and Its Students' Accomplishments

    Now entering its 10th year, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), which provides vouchers to students from low-income families to attend a private school of their choice, has given access to better educational opportunities to children from more than 6,000 families in the District. Nearly 100 percent of the families … More