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    Tell Us Your Common Core Stories

    Does your child’s homework look different lately? Maybe something like this has happened to you or someone you know: Heather Crossin, an Indianapolis mom of four…asked her school’s principal why 8-year-old Lucy’s math homework suddenly focused on abstract concepts, even drawing pictures to solve problems, instead of practicing formulas. >>> … More

    Is Your Child in the Right School?

    South Carolina mom Lisa Stevens wasn’t satisfied with her child’s school. Then she heard about charter schools and discovered she could get a group of people together and start one. Nathan, a second-grader in Arizona with a learning disability, is thriving in a small class with teachers who are able … More

    Common Core: The Least Common Denominator

    Common Core proponents have long argued that the push toward national standards promotes “college and career readiness.” Not so, argues a new report by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute for Public Policy. According to Pioneer, Common Core does not prepare students for admission into highly selective four-year universities and STEM (science, … More

    Stuck in the Middle: American Student Performance Stagnates on New PISA Exam

    The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) has just released the findings from its most recent assessment of student academic achievement internationally. The PISA is administered every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and assesses the student achievement of 15-year-olds in math, science, and reading, … 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

    Family Fact of the Week: Universal Child Care Does Not Bode Well for America's Children

    Rumblings are once again underway indicating movement on President Obama’s State of the Union proposal to “work with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America,” and to drive forward his agenda to create a “cradle to career” government education system. Increased spending of Americans’ tax … 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

    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

    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