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Common Core: The Wrong “Butterfly Effect”

Current Events with Quin Hilyer A new bombshell has dropped in an ongoing controversy in Alabama about whether the state should officially align itself with the national “Common Core” standards for education. Legislators and state school board members who refuse to disassociate from Common Core may not know until too late just what a political […]

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Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks

The Alabama 2010 Course of Study English Language Arts tells teachers to “utilize the text exemplars” from the Common Core website which recommends a novel that is sexually explicit and praises Castro. It is Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of Butterflies.  Is this what Alabama parents want for their 9th and 10th graders?!  See Professor […]

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Common Core in Catholic Schools

Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII) Conference Date: Sunday, June 30, 2013 to Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Catholic schools across the country are implementing the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECESS).  Read more…    

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Alabama Should Lead on Rejecting National Standards  Alabama Should Lead on Rejecting National Standards Alabama has the opportunity to reclaim its education decision-making authority. It took the first steps toward doing so last week, when the Senate Education Committee approved a measure that would withdraw the Yellowhammer State from the Common Core State Standards Initiative—a push to nationalize standards and […]

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Eagle Forum’s Letter to Legislators on Common Core

April 22, 2013 Dear Legislator: Alabama students deserve, exceptional, not common, standards controlled by Alabamians to teach Alabama values. The Attached Education Reporter articles give specific examples of “fatal flaws” in the Math and English standards and illustrate their political – inevitable in any national curriculum. See entire letter here…Legislator letter 4-22-2013.

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Common Core is not the Answer

“Common Core is not the Answer” This letter is in response to the Op-Ed “Taking Bell’s Comments to Task,” regarding Common Core Standards. As an teacher, I respectfully disagree with this article. Read more from Alabama teacher Chasidy Miroff in The Troy Messenger, March 15, 2013.

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Call, email for EXCELLENCE, NOT COMMON, STANDARDS for all Alabama students

  Call, email ASAP for EXCELLENT, NOT COMMON, STANDARDS for all Alabama students The education establishment came out in full force at taxpayers’ expense to support Common Core last Wednesday at the House and Senate Joint Public Hearing on HB254 and SB190.  We grassroots Alabamians MUST contact our State Senators and Representatives NOW to counter […]

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Attend Hearing to Stop Common Core

CALL; COME 2-27 PUBLIC HEARING & PRESS CONFERENCE To Stop Common Core Tragedy in Alabama SB190 (Sen. Brewbaker) and HB254 (Rep. Barton) to return local control of education • repeal adoption of Common Core • protect family privacy & prohibit state bodies from compiling/sharing non-acedemic, “personal” data • prohibit the State Board of Education from […]

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California abandons algebra requirement for eighth-graders

DAILY NEWS Los Angeles By Sharon Noguchi   Posted: 02/02/2013 By falling in line with other states, California is abandoning its push for all eighth-graders to take algebra. Last month, the State Board of Education unanimously shifted away from a 15-year policy of expecting eighth-graders to take Algebra I. The state will allow them to take […]

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Race to Top Winners Make Progress, Face Challenges, Ed. Dept. Reports

By Michele McNeil At the midway point of the federal Race to the Top program, the list of accomplishments for the 11 winning states and the District of Columbia is getting longer, but the challenges are getting more formidable as the time frame gets shorter, according to a progress report issued by the U.S. Department […]

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