The Common Core Weekend Reads – 1-11-15

CC Morpheous 2 yr collegeThese are the Common Core Weekend Reads for January 11th, 2015.

This is a review of the past week of news on Common Core nationwide and in North Carolina.

Articles are organized by category.

Prior Edition of Weekend Reads: 1-4-15


 

NC UPDATES:
The next ASRC meeting date has changed from January 19th to the 16th due to Martin Luther King Day.  December’s meeting materials have been posted to the ASRC site.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK:

“I’m fine with moving (to the SAT) because it is more aligned with the Common Core standards,” Felske said. “If that better prepares students and supports the work our teachers are doing and shows it with results on the test, I’m all for it.”

Michigan Department of Education officials said the SAT will be redesigned and will be “aligned to Michigan content standards.”
-Mlive,  Superintendents: Switch from ACT to SAT creates concern about college admissions policies

“Conservative activists also are targeting Common Core, the national education standards adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia over the past few years. Opposition from parent and community groups has become a hot political issue on the right over the past year, leading three states — Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina — to drop out of the program.”
– Washington Post, Republicans in State Government Plan Juggernaut of Conservative Legislation​

“State Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, said he expects an extensive debate on the standards in the upcoming session.

“It is an absolute disaster,” he said. (Teachers) “should not be expected to work under fear of termination when that decision to terminate is going to be based on such weak evidence. They need to completely abandon everything to do with Common Core. We need to set up standards that have been proven and tried. A lot of teachers are retiring and are fed up with this mess.”
-Daily Commercial, ​Florida Standards worry locals

“As organizations representing the base voting bloc of Indiana’s Republican supermajority, we thought it important to set the record straight.  We cannot support a voucher expansion, unless the legislature and Governor are willing to cut the Common Core strings that bind it.  Indiana’s voucher program was recently rated as being the second worst in the country when it comes to protecting private school autonomy.  Expanding this program, without addressing this fact, is unacceptable and further erodes the very concept of school choice,” Crossin stated.
–Truth In American Education, Conservative Groups Oppose Mike Pence’s Education Reform Agenda​

“No matter what happens to this bill, it’s going to be a huge story,” Flaugh said. “The only reason we’re having this debate is because people who are implementing (Common Core) are realizing how horrible it is, and those who lead the grass-roots groups demand they stop it.”
-WTSP, Florida group drafts anti-Common Core bill

APUSH:

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REMINDER: 

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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor at American Lens. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com. Her past writing can also be found at IJ review, Breitbart, FOX news, Da Tech Guy Blog, Heartland Institute, Civitas Institute and StopCommonCoreNC.org. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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