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    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

    Indiana Legislature Ends Common Core, Contemplates New Standards, Sets Precedent

    The Indiana Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that will remove the state from the Common Core national standards. The bill, which was already passed by the House, is now headed to Governor Mike Pence’s (R) desk for signature. The bill requires the state board to adopt Indiana “college and … More

    Letter to Catholic Bishops: Catholic Schools Should Reject the Common Core

    One hundred and thirty-two Catholic professors have sent a letter to each Roman Catholic bishop in the country pleading for them to reject the Common Core national standards in their parochial schools. Over 100 dioceses and archdioceses across America have signed on to the Common Core—an effort supported by the … More

    Lady Gaga and “The Walking Dead”? What Are College Students Learning These Days?

    “The Fame Monster: The Cultural Politics of Lady Gaga”; “Blame It on the Bossa Nova: The Historical Transnational Phenomenon”; “The Sociology of the Living Dead: Zombie Films”; “Fairytales: Russia and the World.” No, these aren’t the names of the newest hit cable show—these are courses offered at accredited U.S. colleges … 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

    Indiana Set to Withdraw from Common Core National Assessments

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) announced that the Hoosier State will be withdrawing itself as a member of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Governing Board, effective August 12, 2013. For Indiana, this is one more step toward reclaiming control over what is taught … More

    Colorado School District Rejects Common Core National Standards

    The Douglas County School Board in Colorado passed a resolution opposing the Common Core national standards due to the quality of the standards and on principle. Douglas County has been setting a great precedent for education policy with the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program and its merit-based pay for teachers. … More

    Protecting Educational Freedom This Independence Day: Cracks in the Common Core

    Just in time for Independence Day, the foundations of the Common Core initiative are showing some cracks. Common Core is an effort to establish national standards and tests to define what every child in public school will learn. It has been heavily incentivized by the Obama Administration and is an … More

    Common Core: North Carolina to Review

    Last week, North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest released a video explaining his opposition to his state’s rush to adopt Common Core national standards and tests and lending his support to the State Board of Education’s decision to review the standards over the next few months. As a sitting member … More

    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