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    GUEST POST: Common Core Math Standards Do Not Prepare U.S. Students for STEM Careers. How Come?

    Most states adopted Common Core’s mathematics standards because they were told that these standards would make all high school students “college- and career-ready” and strengthen the critical pipeline for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Not so. With the exception of a few standards in trigonometry, the math standards end … More

    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

    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

    Morning Bell: 4 Problems with Federal College Scorecards

    Yesterday, President Obama announced his plan to make “college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families.” But a big part of the President’s plan includes creating a college rating system—a federal scorecard—to evaluate colleges on measures such as graduation rates, the number of low-income … More

    Education Reform Goes Big in the Tar Heel State

    North Carolina is on a roll. Last week, Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed a budget passed by the state legislature chock-full of education reforms, including a new school choice option for children from low- and middle-income families. The new budget includes: Scholarships for children from low- and middle-income families. The … More

    Morning Bell: The Kind of Immigration Reform We Could Support

    The Senate voted yesterday to advance the Gang of Eight’s “comprehensive” immigration bill. The big question in Washington: Did they even read the entire thing? A new version of the bill came out on Friday, giving Senators and the American people just one weekend to look it over. Apparently, the … More

    Moms Across the Nation Want Education Choice

    More and more moms across the nation are becoming involved in how their children are learning and what lies ahead for them in obtaining the American dream of getting the quality education they deserve. Educational options that give parents a chance to choose their children’s schools continue to expand across … 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

    Why Mexico’s Education Reforms Are Important

    Since taking office as Mexico’s newest president, Enrique Pena Nieto has quickly made it a point to anger one of the most influential interest groups responsible for blocking Mexican progress: teachers unions. Predictably (and not unlike in our own country), the teachers unions are upset over a number of ambitious … 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