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.

Wis. Gov. Scott Walker Calls for Common Core Repeal

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Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) called on the Wisconsin State Legislature to pass legislation next session to repeal the Common Core State Standards.

No Action Taken on Branstad’s Common Core Order

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The Iowa Department of Education still has not taken action on Governor Terry Branstad’s Common Core executive order issued nine months ago.

2014 Iowa Political Survey Results

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Ernst leads Braley and Hieb edges out Branstad in a recent Caffeinated Thoughts reader survey of likely Iowa voters on different races and issues of concern in the state.

Terry Branstad’s Greatest Threat Is Himself

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is on a trajectory for a historic sixth term.  He easily won his primary.  He is outraising his Democratic opponent State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines).  He has a significant war chest built up reporting at the end of the last period $4.6 million cash on hand.  Hatch reported just shy […]

Bobby Jindal Orders Louisiana Out of Common Core

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Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) said he wants Louisiana out of the Common Core State Standards Initiative and its contract with their assessment consortium PARCC.

Grassroots Groups Push NGA Chair Mary Fallin to End Common Core

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Several grassroots groups are urging Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK), Chair of the National Governors Association, to end the Common Core State Standards Initiative