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New Test Refusal Info

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Your one-stop shop for test refusal information. www.refusethetestidaho.org

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Collecting Social Security Numbers

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Collecting Social Security Numbers

  Back in 2009, right after Governor Otter and Supt. Luna signed the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund grant, a new rule was approved in IDAPA,Idaho_Rules_Thoroughness. This new rule required that every student in Idaho be given a unique identifier.   There are certain things a school district must provide the SDE. School districts must obtain unique student identifiers by providing […]

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The Truth about Refusing/Opting Out

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Last year parents who decided to opt their children out of the SBAC test were told that there was no opt out provision in Idaho.  Guess what?  That is correct.  If you read through IDAPA- Idaho Rules Governing Thoroughness , you will not find one mention of opting out.  (Lots of other interesting stuff, but no mention of […]

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January 5th, Are you ready?

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A few weeks ago this letter came across my email: Happy Sunday friends, Concerned Citizens of New Jersey are committed to restoring the freedoms of education to all children.  We are confident that with your support and dedication this will be accomplished.  You have been courageous and steadfast in the past several months by making […]

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How Common Core Impacts Kids, Beyond the Standards

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“I’m here to talk about how this is impacting kids ’cause that’s primarily why were doing this. How does this impact them emotionally?” Be ready to have your eyes opened.  This is so much more than just standards. Common Core: Social/Emotional Impact on Kids, Joe Stapp, MA LPC NCC , Licensed Psychotherapist from RedKudzu on […]

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Press Kit Rebuttal

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Press Kit Rebuttal

Just recently a “press kit” was put out by IdahoCoreStandards.org.  (The .org makes them look official doesn’t it.) (Click to enlarge) I emailed the link out to the group of  people I work closely with and thought I would try to write up a rebuttal later that evening.   Well, I didn’t have a chance.  Reading […]

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Is the Battle Over, or Just Starting?

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Is the Battle Over, or Just Starting?

(Previously posted on What is Common Core.)   In a Nov. 30th Statesman interview granted by Tom Luna, I was not surprised to read Luna’s responses to the following questions: Is the battle over Idaho Core Standards over? It is definitely over in the education arena. And my experience has been so far that it is […]

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The Loss of Idaho’s Educational Sovereignty ppt

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The Loss of Idaho’s Educational Sovereignty ppt

New under the resource tab.  This power point has links to lots of resources.  We hope to have a recorded version of this sometime soon. Common Core Myth vs Facts PowerPoint

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Common Core and Why I’m going Gray…

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Common Core and Why I’m going Gray…

Last week at my son’s basketball game I was sitting next to another mother chuckling at our boys as they ran by.  They were pretty cute. We struck up a conversation that turned to Common Core.  Rani started to tell me about the math her son was doing.   She has been gracious enough to let me […]

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Good Fats, Bad Fats- Does .GOV Know Best?

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Good Fats, Bad Fats- Does .GOV Know Best?

By Mila Wood Mila is a mother and Common Core warrior from Idaho.   Helping my kid with homework after school, and he says that he needs to go on this website and fill out his food intake for a few days so they can study in class about calories, exercise and things like body […]

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