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Department of Education is 94 Percent Non-Essential Employees
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Department of Education is 94 Percent Non-Essential Employees

The federal government is now into its second day of being shut down, which means different things for different people. For the average American, not much is going to change. However, there is one governmental department which touches many (too many, some would argue) lives: The Department of Education. The question is will a government shutdown really make a difference to the majority of American families who have school age children? 

10/02/2013
Obamacare Will Hurt Michigan
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Obamacare Will Hurt Michigan

Michigan state is hurting and its failings can be traced to one party rule at the hands of Democrats and the unions (which are likely synonymous).  Detroit is now bankrupt, corrupt, and the most dangerous city in America, and residents continue to flee. As Detroit was the engine (pun intended) of Michigan’s economy, it has affected the entire state.

10/01/2013
Shutdown Means Streamlining
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Shutdown Means Streamlining

There are a lot of myths about the looming government shutdown. The biggest one is that it is, in fact, a government shutdown. The country will not descend into anarchy, there will not be chaos in the streets (well, no more than usual) and, really, we don’t need to panic if it happens. Here’s the deal. 

09/30/2013
The Common Core Fight is On in Tennessee
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The Common Core Fight is On in Tennessee

Common Core is awfully unpopular for something that’s supposed to be so great. State after state is trying to keep academic freedom alive, and Tennessee is joining that list. Hearings have been held in the Volunteer State, and the fight is on. 

09/26/2013
Governor Rick Scott Withdraws Florida from Common Core Test
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Governor Rick Scott Withdraws Florida from Common Core Test

Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott fought for children in his state and for the 10th Amendment in one fell swoop. He did this by removing Florida from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARC), the consortium creating Common Core tests, of which Florida was the fiscal agent.  Scott’s executive order began:

09/23/2013
Profiles in Education: The Price Family
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Profiles in Education: The Price Family

Scott and Robin Price, parents of 15 year-old Anna and 11 year-old Jay, have what they call a “not normal, normal life.” In some ways, their lives are no different than any other family: shopping for dresses for the school dance, going to church, and spending time together. The only difference is their children, Anna and Jay, both have special needs.

09/20/2013
Common Core Takes Over in LAUSD
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Common Core Takes Over in LAUSD

Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) debated the funding of Common Core, deciding to delay approval on the proposed $113 million implementation budget. The board waited a week to decide, over the objections of board members who wanted the approval as rushed as the rest of Common Core has been.

09/18/2013
In September, Congress is Less Popular Than...
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In September, Congress is Less Popular Than...

Happy Constitution Day!On this uniquely American day, how do the people view their government? New poll results indicate that Congress is still out of touch and has a long way to go before it represents its constituency. 

09/17/2013
Common Core Testing Battle in California
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Common Core Testing Battle in California

In Los Angeles, there’s an unusual fight over Common Core. This fight is about testing before implementation. Although it is set to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year, a proposed bill (AB 484) was supposed to have their standardized testing align with those standards this year.

09/16/2013
Profiles in Education: Peyton and Eric, a Homeschool Family of Six
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Profiles in Education: Peyton and Eric, a Homeschool Family of Six

Peyton and Eric never thought they would be homeschool parents. Having both been educated in traditional public schools, Peyton had some common misconceptions about homeschooling. In fact, she says she never entertained the idea of homeschooling because "I didn't want my kids to be dumb.”

09/13/2013

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