Arne Duncan’s Latest Education Power Grab from States

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants to phase out the authority of States to define modified academic achievement standards and develop alternate assessments.

Common Core Will Be a Litmus Test Issue in 2016

Fmr. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 2013 CPAC
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Advocates try to downplay support for the Common Core State Standards as being a problem in 2016 for Jeb Bush. They will find they are sorely mistaken.

New Book Brings Political Right, Left and Center Together to Stop Common Core

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Resounding Books officially announced publication of Common Ground on Common Core an 18-essay volume from twenty top education experts and activists.

Rick Perry Talks Red State Polices, Immigration at Altoona Business Roundtable

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Texas Governor Rick Perry discussed immigration, the border crisis, and economic red state policies at a business roundtable meeting in Altoona, IA.

Iowa Withdraws From Common Core Assessment Consortia

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad addresses the Iowa Teachers & Administrators Leadership Symposium held on 8/4/14.
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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Dept. of Ed Director Brad Buck informed Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that Iowa was withdrawing immediately.

Des Moines Public Schools’ Race to the Middle in Middle School

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Middle schools in Des Moines are dropping advanced classes for their experiment in standards based grading as they implement the Iowa Core in the district.