California Fixes Failure Problem by Handing Out Free Diplomas!

The state of California is poised to award thousands of high school degrees to dropouts by passing a new law retroactively removing the requirement to pass a high school exit exam. The California High School Exit Exam (CASHEE) was created in 2004, and is intended to make sure that students have a rudimentary grasp of English and mathematics before being awarded a high school diploma, and to counter the phenomenon of students receiving passing grades while learning almost nothing. The test is Read more […]

Did Mike Huckabee FLip-Flop on the Common Core?

The straightforward position Huckabee puts forward on his website, however, masks a past in which he has offered eager praise for Common Core, or suggested that the only real problem with it is its name. Like many Republicans, Huckabee was a supporter of Common Core before it became controversial, and he was still expressing strong support at late as 2013, when several other Republicans were starting to switch. Huckabee even defended the standards from Republican critics, arguing the conservatives Read more […]

Too Good to be True? New Senate Bill Promises to Stop Common Core and End No Child Left Behind!

New bipartisan legislation is being heralded as a measure that could stop the Common Core and finally kill No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Sadly, this one should probably be filed under “too good to be true” as it seems to simply be another attempt by the federal government to control the education of every American child. As George Carlin once said, “The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” In this case, I think Carlin was right on the money.   Sens. Read more […]

Conservatives Rising Up Against the Common Core

A recent push by Oklahoma conservatives to possibly replace the newly-revised AP United States History (APUSH) exam has produced a great deal of backlash, far greater than one would normally expect in the often-dry debate over how to formulate American education standards. Salon blasted Oklahoma’s legislators as “demented” for opposing the narrative of the College Board. NPR describes them as upset over the fact that slavery, the suffering of American Indians, and the internment of Read more […]

The Five Biggest Education Issues of 2015

Education always has a front seat to American electoral politics. In fact, only the economy has consistently rated higher over the years as a big concern of the American people. Likely, the focus on education comes from being such a personal concern – as many voting age Americans have children whose education they are worried about. However, just because Americans are worried… doesn’t mean things are getting better. Case in point – the Common Core. Well, the folks over at the Daily Caller have Read more […]

Do the 2014 Midterm Elections Spell DOOM for the Common Core?

Education activists have been agitating for the repeal of the Common Core since its inception – but until now a Democrat controlled Congress has blocked every attempt to rid us the leftist education scheme. However, with the election of so many pro-school choice Republicans, it seems that the Common Core’s time may be running out.   A snap survey of insiders in the world of education policy finds that the vast majority think 2014′s midterms have paved the way for an expansion in Read more […]

There are People Actually Defending the Common Core Math Program!

Common Core has come under attack. Critics say the standards enlarge federal control of education — and do a lousy job teaching math. Those attacks, however, rely on gross distortions and misunderstandings, say defenders of the standards. Joseph Almeida has taught math for a decade, first in New York and currently in Massachusetts. In 2008, his students had the second-highest math test scores among charter school children in Manhattan. While he taught successfully even before Common Core Read more […]

Ohio Continues Fight Against Common Core

The legislative debate over a bill that would repeal Common Core began Monday in Ohio, commencing what will likely be the last of many fierce battles over the controversial education standards in 2014. HB 597, if approved, would make Ohio the fifth state to reject Common Core after previously adopting it, following in the footsteps of Indiana, Oklahoma and the Carolinas. On Monday, legislators in the state house’s rules committee heard testimony from a variety of Common Core opponents. The hearings Read more […]

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says Common Core is an Illegal “Scheme”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, locked in multiple legal battles with his own school board over Common Core education standards, has has made a new, ambitious legal claim. Common Core, he says, is not merely bad policy, but a violation of federal law. It’s an allegation that could encourage lawsuits against the standards in other states currently implementing the standards. In a brief submitted Wednesday as part of a lawsuit against Louisiana’s Board for Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), Read more […]

Ohio Next to Repeal the Common Core?

Could Ohio be the next state to save it’s children from the horrors of the Common Core? It looks like it could happen… Lawmakers in the state of Ohio are mounting a late effort to have their state join the growing exodus from Common Core multistate education standards. A new bill would mandate the immediate abandonment of Common Core and the implementation of brand new standards. Ohio, like many states, chose to start the switch to Common Core about four years ago, encouraged in part Read more […]

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Looks to Dump Common Core

Louisiana’s great Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) is working hard to rid his state of the massive failure that is the Common Core. The move has caused an outcry among liberals, particularly in the states’ education “establishment,” and may prove problematic for the Governor. Don’t expect Jindal to back down though, he’s already overseen some of the most sweeping education our country has seen in recent years, right in his most important city, New Orleans. ——————————————————————— And Read more […]