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2. It undermines local and state controls and accountability, and abrogates federalism as well as parental rights


Effort Under Way to Ditch Common Core in 2016 election in Massachusetts

By Michael Norton BOSTON — As state education officials consider switching to a new exam that syncs up with national Common Core standards, activists and legislators are launching a ballot campaign with the goal of restoring the state’s education standards from 2010. Donna Colorio, a Worcester School Committee member from 2011 to 2013 and founder […]

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Oregon Risks Losing $140 Million for Enabling Kids to Skip Common Core Tests, Feds Warn

By Betsy Hammond   Oregon schools stand to lose $140 million a year or more in federal funding if state lawmakers vote to enable parents to opt out of standardized testing more easily, a top U.S. education official is warning. Legislation headed for Oregon Senate approval as soon as Wednesday could trigger serious sanctions that […]

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Analysis: Outcome of Common Core Compromise Looks Murky

BATON ROUGE – The compromise over Louisiana’s use of Common Core in public schools was heralded by supporters and critics of the multistate education standards. But exactly what the deal would mean for Louisiana’s classrooms and its standardized testing is open to wide variations in interpretation. Whether it would ultimately scrap Common Core in public […]

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Pearson Has A Common Core Problem

By Molly Hensley-Clancy Russell Contreras / AP Pearson, the world’s largest education company, has made hundred of millions of dollars off of the Common Core. It has won lucrative contracts to design and administer Common Core tests all over the country, and its name is stamped on Common Core-aligned textbooks and homework assignments taken home by […]

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RNC Passes Resolutions on Victories for Halting Common Core

The Republican National Committee passed a resolution concerning education during their summer meeting commending parent activists on Anti-Common Core victories.  It was sponsored by Ellen Barrosse, National Committeewoman from Delaware, had several sponsors and passed unanimously. Resolution Commending Parent Activists on Anti-Common-Core Victories Whereas, Activist parents in five states, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and […]

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Five People Wrote ‘State-Led’ Common Core

By Joy Pullmann Joy Pullmann ( is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing… (read full bio) Lindsey Burke: NCLB Waivers, Virginia, and the Common Core Editor’s Note: This article is the second of two. Read the first here. Many education leaders continue to insist the process for creating national education standards was “state-led,” referring […]

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Moves to Remove State from Common Core Standards

By Dr Susan Berry In a press conference on Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) announced actions to remove his state from the Common Core standards and the aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. Much of Jindal’s focus during the press conference was on the legality of the Board of […]

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Battle Against Common Core Heats Up

Lindsey Burke / June 09, 2014 School might be winding down for the  summer, but states are putting on a crash course in how to reclaim education decision-making authority. Last week marked a turning point in the fight to reverse the push for national standards and tests through Common Core. Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) signed legislation […]

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Is Common Core state-led?

By Rachel Stoltzfoos   These interest groups used the federal government’s power over the states in an economic crisis to undermine the legislative process. In December,2008, NGA, CCSSO and Achieve, Inc. published Benchmarking for Success:Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-class Education, which outlined a roadmap to standards for the states and the federal government. Then, […]

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Rotten to the Common Core

By American Founding Principles   Common Core, an education program developed with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve academic standards in public schools, will fall far short of its stated objective, but not very far from the tree upon which it grew. Its promoters tout it to be a “state-led effort […]

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