Governor Pat Quinn Believes College and Career-Readiness Begins at Birth


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn declares that “college and career-readiness” starts for children at birth further extending government reach to a younger age.

California Mom “Suspended” From Son’s School Over Testing Opt-Out Forms


Katherine Duran was suspended from her son’s school after talking to her son’s principal about assessment opt-out forms her son brought to school.

Chuck Grassley Leads Effort to Defund Common Core in U.S. Senate


Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is leading an effort to defund the Common Core State Standards at the federal level and asking his colleagues to join him.

Iowa House Passes Review Process for Academic Standards


(Des Moines, IA) The Iowa House yesterday afternoon passed HF 2439 in bipartisan fashion 96-0.  The bill is the successor to HSB 592 and was authored by State Representative Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City) who chairs the House Education Committee.  “What this bill does is that it assures us that we have a transparent and open […]

Matt Whitaker: Common Core is Wrong


(Des Moines, IA) Republican U.S. Senate Candidate, Matt Whitaker, just released a video today addressing the Common Core State Standards.  In an email that went to supporters the campaign wrote, “I’m writing to you today because we have serious trouble brewing in our education system and I know that you have a personally vested interest […]

Update: Romeike Family Given Indefinite Deferred Status, Supreme Court Declines Romeike v. Holder


Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear the case of a German family seeking asylum in the United States because of persecution they endured in Germany because of their homeschooling.  The Romeike family left Germany after facing fines and possible jail due to their desire to homeschool their children. HSLDA has […]

Governor Terry Branstad’s Confused Common Core Position


I’m not sure what to make of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s position on the Common Core State Standards.  He reportedly said on the campaign trail that he rejected the Common Core State Standards, and then in an interview with NPR last week during the National Governors Association winter meeting we see: Not so in Iowa, […]

Iowa House Democrats Attack Homeschoolers


State Representative Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City) sought signatures of her fellow members of her caucus to sign on to a bill, HF 2308.  Her motive was relayed to Caffeinated Thoughts as she was overheard saying she wanted to “repeal all of that homeschooling crap” that was passed last legislative session. The bill is officially dead as […]

Common Core Debated in the Iowa House


(Des Moines, IA) There were two subcommittee meetings scheduled on Wednesday in the Iowa House to discuss bills that address the Common Core State Standards.  Wednesday morning a subcommittee consisting of State Representatives Sandy Salmon (R-Denver), Josh Brynes (R-Osage), and Cindy Winckler (D-Davenport) met to discuss HF 2141 a bill that would direct the Iowa […]

Parents Invited to Discuss Iowa Core and Common Core

(Des Moines, IA) Concerned Women for America of Iowa LAC will host a free educational forum tonight at 6:30p at the Airport Holiday Inn & Conference Center (6111 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA).  The Iowa Core, along with the Common Core State Standards, will be discussed with parents and community members who would like to learn […]

Brad Zaun Introduces Common Core Rollback Bill in Iowa Senate


(Des Moines, IA) State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) introduced SF 2123 which would effectively rollback the Common Core State Standards in Iowa. The bill would focus on graduation requirements and helping student have a graduation plan.  It also rollback Iowa’s state academic standards to what the Iowa Core consisted of in 2006 prior to the […]

Common Core Debate Comes to the Iowa House


(Des Moines, IA) State Representative Tedd Gassman (R-Scarville) introduced two bills that address standards that the Iowa State Board of Education adopted back in 2010.  The Common Core State Standards are content standards in English Language Arts and Math that were developed by the National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers and Achieve, […]

Will Conservatives Get Lost in the Fog of Common Core?


The Common Core battle is a fog covering the real issues facing American education: “Do we believe in state autonomy of education and in a state of laws or will we surrender our principles?” Eyes are on Wisconsin’s courageous Republican Governor and his Republican controlled Assembly and Senate. If a Republican Governor and an Assembly […]