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    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

    Common Core: Bill Gates Confuses Regulation with Accountability

    “Scale is good for free market competition,” said Bill Gates last Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute. “Individual state regulatory capture is not good for competition.” Gates’ remarks came as part of his pitch for the highly controversial Common Core national standards and tests. Yet, what Gates laments as “regulatory … More

    Rep. Marlin Stutzman: 'Common Core Not the Answer' on Education (VIDEO)

    The national standards known as Common Core are moving education in America in the opposite direction from solutions, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R–Ind.) told The Foundry in an exclusive interview today. “We need to get the federal government out of the education business,” Stutzman said during Conversations with Conservatives, a monthly gathering … More

    Crisis for Common Core: Indiana's Uncommon Ruckus Over Education Standards

    INDIANAPOLIS – What’s wrong with public education in America today? Across the country, just about everyone has an opinion. Very few, though, have the power to implement sweeping reforms. In Indiana, a driver for the Uber car-for-hire service gets his mother on the phone for a reporter. Sharon Hurt is … More

    Parents in Charge: Fight for School Choice Takes Stage at CPAC

    As more and more cracks begin to show in the Common Core initiative, Americans are pushing back, insisting that parents—not bureaucrats in Washington—should “be in charge” of their children’s education. This assertion, delivered by the Friedman Foundation’s Robert Enlow at the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference  (CPAC), was met with … More

    Lawmaker Budgets for Tin Foil Hats to Mock Critics of Common Core

    As opponents of the Obama Administration’s national education standards rallied Wednesday at the Missouri State Capitol, state Representative Mike Lair acted on what some might call sinister motives:  The Republican lawmaker included an appropriation of $8 for tin foil hats for parents and others who oppose the so-called Common Core standards. Blogger Duane … More

    The Tired State of the Union Redux

    Will this be the most anti-climactic State of the Union speech ever? Quite possibly, yes. At least in previous iterations, there was an element of suspense regarding the speech’s actual content. Not this time. For weeks, if not months, the President and his surrogates have telegraphed how the State of … More