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Thank you Kevin Miller 580 KIDO

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Thank you Kevin Miller 580 KIDO

Kevin Miller gave Stacey and I the full 7a.m. hour this morning to talk about Common Core. We would like to thank him for his time. You can listen to the  full hour here. Kevin said he was going to play devils advocate, but he was really very nice.  Other than the room being freezing, it was a pleasant […]

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Parental Involvement

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Starting at 22 seconds I share what I think is going to be the best way to fix education in the state of Idaho. Parents, are you up to it?  I think you are.

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Emmett McGroarty onThe Austin Hill Show

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Austin Hill has spent a lot of time  talking about Common Core representing both sides of the issue. This morning he had Emmett McGroarty from The American Principles Project on his radio program.  The interview is a great brief overview of this “bucket of junk” and how it was initiated. Emmett also briefly explains how data collection is tied to […]

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Why is Common Core Bad For Idaho Children?

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Common Core with it’s other federally mandated reforms does not improve education in Idaho.  It is about increasing federal oversight, commonality among students and states, and extensive testing.  All fueled by a federally mandated data base. Statewide Data System. Idaho, to meet the requirements of several federal mandates and grants, has significantly changed the way […]

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That pesky 15%

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At one point Superintendent Tom Luna referenced a letter Utah got from Secretary Arne Duncan as evidence that states, including Idaho, had not lost control of their standards.  He was trying to obtain a similar letter for Idaho. However, timing is everything.  It needs to be noted Utah’s letter was received after  Race To The Top but before […]

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A Mom-Led Movement

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A Mom-Led Movement

The last month in our house has been amazing, there is nothing quite like having a new baby in the home.  As I have mentioned before I love being a mother. I wanted to share the following because it says so well why I think so many mothers have gotten involved in fighting Common Core. The […]

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5 People Wrote ‘State-Led’ Common Core

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Joy Pullman, research fellow at Heartland Institute, writes this awesome article exposing how the Common Core standards were created in a shroud of secrecy while states claim they were state-led. Unless there was an Idahoan on any of the mentioned committees, I’d say we were pretty much not involved in writing them at all. http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/06/07/five-people-wrote-state-led-common-core

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Lies, Damned Lies and the Common Core

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Lies, Damned Lies and the Common Core

This Comes from R.O.P.E.  It sounded so familiar I thought I would share with everyone.  We’re not alone in Idaho. http://restoreoklahomapubliceducation.blogspot.com/2013/06/lies-damned-lies-and-common-core.html   Hopefully, as a writer who frequently enjoyed ‘inheriting’ ideas from others, Mr. Twain won’t despise me too deeply for my turn of phrase.  I even hope to think he’d agree!  I can’t imagine […]

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Crayola’s Gone Bad

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A few months ago I used an analogy with a red Crayola crayon to talk about the choice we had in curriculum.  At the time I wrote the post I apologized to Crayola saying that they had very nice crayons.  I’m here now to retract that apology, it seems that Crayola has jumped on the […]

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Jamie Gass on Common Core

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Once again thank you to Austin Hill for tackling this humongous subject.  As usual, Austin’s not afraid to learn about a tough issue and then take it head on. And thank you to Jamie Gass from the Pioneer Institute for taking the time to briefly explain Common Core. http://www.idahoreporter.com/2013/jamie-gass-with-the-pioneer-institute-of-boston-ma-discusses-inadequacies-of-the-common-core-academic-standards-on-the-austin-hill-show/

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