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    Girl Scouts "Tag Along" with Common Core

    Thin Mints and Tagalongs might be a little hard to swallow now for those concerned with centralization of education—and now, civil society institutions. The Girl Scouts of America now boasts that every merit badge is fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards Initiative—an effort to nationalize the content taught … More

    Michigan Pulling Away from Common Core

    Michigan legislators are working to put the brakes on Common Core and restore authority over what is taught in Michigan classrooms to state policymakers, local school leaders, and—most importantly—teachers and parents. As the Washington Times reports, “The state House on Wednesday passed an amendment, attached to the Education Department budget, … More

    Alabama Should Lead on Rejecting National Standards

    Alabama has the opportunity to reclaim its education decision-making authority. It took the first steps toward doing so last week, when the Senate Education Committee approved a measure that would withdraw the Yellowhammer State from the Common Core State Standards Initiative—a push to nationalize standards and assessments across the country. … More

    Common Core Standards: How States Are Roped In (VIDEO)

    What happens when the federal government extends its overreach into America’s classrooms? Should all states be forced to teach kids the same thing? Heritage’s Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow in Education, debated the repercussions of the Obama Administration’s push for national education standards on “Stossel” Thursday night. Kathleen Porter-Magee … More

    Indiana Among States Acting to Oppose Common Core Standards

    States are reconsidering their support for the Common Core standards. In recent weeks, legislators in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and South Dakota have attempted to pedal back their state’s involvement with the standards. Noted The Washington Post: “[T]he [Common Core] standards are meeting with growing resistance for reasons including questions about … More

    National Education Standards Trade Literature for Reading Government Documents

    No more King Arthur stories, kids—you’re going to start reading some information-packed government documents instead! Adding to a number of problems with the Obama Administration-backed Common Core education standards, beginning with the fact that the federal government should not be involved in the business of curriculum standards, is the questionable … More

    Heritage's Opposition to National Education Standards Advances Public Debate

    Federal intervention into education has been a growing problem over the past four-and-a-half decades and is being supersized by the Obama Administration’s current efforts to push states to nationalize their standards, tests, and, ultimately, curriculum. Heritage has been sounding the warning bell about the Common Core national standards push and … More

    Texas Should Steer Clear of NCLB Waivers

    In a “surprise” move, Texas announced last Thursday that it would seek a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver from the U.S. Department of Education. The Obama Administration’s waivers, touted under the banner of providing “flexibility” and “relief” from the onerous provisions of NCLB, in reality replace the federal overreach … More

    Education Waiver Would Spell Entanglement for Alabama

    Alabama is considering requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to relieve the state of some of the burdensome requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). But the waivers represent a troubling pact with Washington: To get relief from federal mandates, Alabama must agree to more federal intervention. … More

    Race to the Top for School Districts: More Federal Education Intervention

    The Obama Administration’s new Race to the Top District (RTT-D) competition, a competitive grant program on top of the more than 100 programs the Department of Education (DOE) already operates, entices cash-strapped school districts with another $400 million to implement the Obama education agenda. For the past half-century, federal education … More