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My apologies

Filed in Uncategorized by on August 19, 2013 1 Comment

“Where were you when No Child Left Behind was passed?”  This is a question beinging asked a lot lately by bloggers, teachers, and in the comments section of a variety of common core-related articles.  It always seems to come with a hint of, “The only reason you didn’t fight NCLB is because your guy passed it. ”  Well, that’s a valid question […]

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A Mom’s response to Luna letter

Filed in Uncategorized by on August 17, 2013 0 Comments

This is the opening of a letter sent out by Supt. Luna: Dear Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, Chairman John Goedde and Chairman Reed DeMordaunt: In recent months, the Idaho State Department of Education has fielded many questions related to data collection in education. As the state moves toward higher academic standards in mathematics and English language […]

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Common Core Math Really is Better

Filed in Uncategorized by on August 17, 2013 3 Comments

So when you make a mistake, just go into the bank and explain how you came up with your balance.  They will totally understand and remove any overdraft fees from your account. Works for me.

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Consider students with disabilities

Filed in Uncategorized by on August 16, 2013 0 Comments

Levi Cavener is a special education teacher for a local school district. In a “Voices” article he penned for Idaho Education News he talks about Common Core and his concerns for how it will affect students with special needs. Consider that many students with disabilities qualify for special education services that take place outside of the […]

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What Is Being Data-Mined Without Parental Consent?

Filed in Uncategorized by on August 16, 2013 0 Comments

This is a long post, but it is well worth reading clear to the end.   By Christel Swasey  originally posted on Whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com   Even though the columns will be gone and it will be confusing and messy, I’m going to cut and paste a truckload of attributes from the National Data Collection model’s spreadsheet. […]

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Ohanian: 28 questions about the Common Core

Filed in Uncategorized by on August 15, 2013 0 Comments

Susan Ohanian recently sent this list of questions to officials in Vermont.  Simply change Vermont to Idaho as you read.  I’d like to know the answers from our state board and department, wouldn’t you? Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Susan Ohanian of Charlotte, a longtime teacher and author of 25 books on education policy […]

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We Learn Less…

Filed in Uncategorized by on August 11, 2013 0 Comments

Last week a subsitute teacher called Glenn Becks Show to express her concerns about a poem that a group of  80 fifth-graders recited during their promotion ceremony.  The cute little ditty went something like this: WE LEARNED MORE WITH COMMON CORE Text genre, features & theme to explore We learned more with common core. Fractions, decimals, […]

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The Problem With Common Core Event

The Problem With Common Core   Come find out what education “reform” has really brought to Idaho public schools… Saturday – July 27, 2013 – 9am to 1pm Boise Centre on the Grove – Boise, Idaho This is an opportunity for interested individuals to find out   “what all the fuss is about” with regard to […]

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{One Mom’s Opinion} Why We’re Homeschooling This Year

Filed in Uncategorized by on July 17, 2013 1 Comment

Over the last several months my husband and I have made some life-changing decisions regarding our children’s education, and we aren’t the only ones.  More and more I hear people saying, “I’d never considered homeschooling before, but I really don’t like Common Core.” Here is one mother’s thoughts on the decision her family made.  From […]

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What is Achieve, Inc., and Why You Should Care

Filed in Uncategorized by on July 10, 2013 4 Comments

Last January I stood in front of the House Education Committee and expressed my concern about Common Core.  One of the things I mentioned was Acheive.  Dr. Carissa Miller, Deputy Superintendent at the Idaho State Department of Education and Co-Chair of the SBAC, told the committee that Achieve had nothing to do with Idaho and […]

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